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Questions tagged [trapping]

Trapping is a term most commonly used in the prepress industry to describe the compensation for misregistration between printing units on a multicolor press. This misregistration causes unsightly gaps or white-space on the final printed work. Ask anything about creating overlaps (spreads) or underlaps (chokes) of objects during the print production process to eliminate misregistration on the press.

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Advice on how to do intricate “non-printing” or “cutout” areas

I did a marginal amount of searching but kind of lack the semantics so apologies if this has been addressed repeatedly. I am in the final stages of a design on a metal can. It's a small can and I ...
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White gaps between the edges of vector shapes? [duplicate]

I am creating a series of illustrations for package design. I have had a few issues so far following Live Paint. I created my image with the brush tool>expand>delete unwanted>Live paint Then I merge ...
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InDesign: is trapping applied when exporting a PDF

I just read in the Adobe manual that trapping presets in InDesign take effect when the document is printed, not before. But it is not clear to me. For example: I create a document and want to prepare ...
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Trapping a tint

When trapping a tinted color, what's the right move trap it with the same percentage of the tint or the 100% of it ? (in flexography or screen printing to be specific)
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Logic behind displacement of notches when avoiding inverse trapping artefacts in SVG

I have a question that is based on the GD@SE question, "Is there a reason Hillary Clinton's logo has hidden notches?". Like that questions, this question is purely about graphic design and not ...
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How to prepare a spot varnish; does it need to have trapping if there's a gloss and matte one?

On a project that has a selective varnish, the print-ready file usually needs to be prepared separately in one spot color, a bit like a dieline. Only the area where the varnish will be printed should ...
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InDesign – Overprinting white at a Guangzhou printshop

I'm just about to send a CD-booklet 134mmX122mm (34pp)for print in a Guangzhou printshop – and the language barrier makes it a bit difficult to get all points across; I'm wondering about what I need ...
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Transparent CMYK?

I am in the print field and relatively new to Adobe Photoshop. I have a lot of situations where I would like to have CMYK over a transparent background. We place .psd files into illustrator for ...