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How are the publishers able to print book covers in neon colors?

Simply they do not print with CMYK, instead they use spot colors. Spot colors are pre mixed inks and require a printer to print with one more ink. Its a bit like going to a paint shop and ask for a ...
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Where and/or why is a slanted hyphen used?

It's a feature of that particular font design. There is no distinction between a horizontal and slanted hyphen. Some fonts such as Adobe Garamond, Monotype Goudy, Goudy Old Style (URW), have a ...
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What is this "circled G" glyph alongside Greek text in an English book from 1765?

It appears to be an omicron-sigma ligature that was used in early Greek printing. I have no idea if it is still in use. This image is from the Wikipedia page on Greek ligatures Another example here ...
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Printing: will a font always give exactly the same result, regardless of how it's printed?

The easy stripped down answer is no. There are so many software variables, print driver variables, and even font VERSION variables, that it is very difficult to say exactly WHY a font looks different....
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How are the publishers able to print book covers in neon colors?

There is a lot to unpack here. An illustrator made a beautiful cover for me in neon, but when we converted the cover from RGB to CMYK what was neon became matte. No. He did a beautiful cover for you....
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Printing: will a font always give exactly the same result, regardless of how it's printed?

This is a well-known problem with font design; it has been a problem for over a hundred years. Fonts look much lighter when they're printed on coated paper than on uncoated book paper. It's ...
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How to give photo credit in a book

You can not just use pictures from online sources without first looking up the license of each and every picture. No amount of citing the source will make it permissible to use images. Only the ...
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What is a critical spine and when should I avoid it?

My guess: their bindery equipment cannot guarantee to fold/score exactly on the line between your colored spine and the white cover(s). Same thing applies in three-fold brochures. I call it a "design ...
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Is it OK to layout landscape images vertically in a book?

While changing orientation isn't unheard of (indeed, sometimes it can be used to striking affect), it's worth pointing out the full range of options available to you, obvious though they may be: Crop ...
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How to paint book edges?

I, personally, would use ink and a roller, or a small pad/sponge, not paint. Ink will go on thinner, cover just as well, and not be tacky. Something like This India Ink. It's opaque, waterproof, ...
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Is possible to design a book in Illustrator or Photoshop?

Yes, it's possible. Would I want to do it? No way, except for a book of 24 pages of full-color photographs and no text. Then I might do it in Photoshop. The thing about most "books" is that they ...
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How best to handle multiple editions & changes provided by the client?

Whenever our copywriter has edits to his work, he sends us the original Word document (and a PDF version) with changes, with all of the changes highlighted in yellow. It's by far more efficient than ...
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Looking for some simple sans serif book ornaments

If you can budget 20-30$ for a font, go to myfonts.com and search 'ornaments'. There will be many results and you can pick what looks best. Some good options are the Flourishes & Ornaments or ...
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Printing: will a font always give exactly the same result, regardless of how it's printed?

It's not surprising that you find a print from a home printer inferior to a professionally printed book. Especially if you compare to an offset printed book, but high end digital printers are also ...
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Can I write an entire book in Sans Serif?

There's no law stating what font you can or can not use anywhere. You are free to use whatever font you want. If you wish to use a sans serif typeface, then by all means do so. That being said, books ...
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Is there a name for this form of 19th-century (?) table of contents design?

According to my wife - who has been a book editor for a number of years I'm not allowed to say - has told me that there is no particular name for this style. The only part she pointed out is that it's ...
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How can I mimic a used magazine cover (crease, earmark, cracks) with Gimp?

You could use a paper texture. Either find an old worn piece of paper and scan it, or find a texture to use online, then paste it on its own layer above the main image layer, and change the blending ...
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Are illustrations immediately before a new chapter acceptable?

In my opinion, all chapters should always start on the right side page ... all of them. In your example, Pg3 would be blank, unless there were additional text/images from the previous chapter ...
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Pantone CMYK v. Solid

Is this referring to the process color printing versus spot color printing? Yup! You got it exactly right there. The Pantone CMYK swatches are a set of Process swatches developed by Pantone. The ...
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Is possible to design a book in Illustrator or Photoshop?

Every Adobe product has a purpose for which it should be properly used. InDesign is mainly used to organize text and images and design layouts like you can see mostly in newspapers and magazines. ...
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Continuous Footnotes in InDesign CS6

from the Adobe Forum: The continued numbering option only works for a continuously threaded text frame -- one long story spanning several pages. You probably have one single stand-alone text frame ...
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Can I claim ownership of derivative Illustrations in a book?

Read the license associated with any stock images. In most cases, you do not own the copyright, even if you do alter the image some.. and you can not claim the artwork as yours. But again, this does ...
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Client's editor wants to work directly on my InDesign files

I would start by stressing how uncomfortable I would be with the proposition. It would jeopardize version control if the source document and related assets changed hands during the editing process. I ...
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Client's editor wants to work directly on my InDesign files

Beyond possible legal issues related to fonts, you can't provide any font legally unless your client has purchased those fonts for you..... I would explain that if I don't know where changes are made,...
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Largest commercially available paper size and binding for art books?

Books can be any size. Web presses can often handle widths of 35", even extending to as much as 56". Often it's the bindery machines with limited size support, but if one wishes to hand-bind,...
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What is this "circled G" glyph alongside Greek text in an English book from 1765?

As said above, it essentially is an ο and ς (σ) together. The word is "φιλολογος" in modern Greek, this just merges the two letters together. I don't recall having seen it used in anything ...
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80s typography book with red apple on the cover

This sounds like the Mecanorma catalogue. That particular edition was apparently published in 1978.
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Van de Graaf Canon and title pages

The covers are always centered, but the interiors are typically consistent. If there is a large amount of decoration, it is typically fully centered (with gutter adjustment) but with any "bookish" ...
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What is the industry standard for novel printing? CMYK or Pantone?

The initial assumption in your question is very nearly correct; a black only print job would just use black ink and this is (sort of) like using just the K (black) from the CMYK set. Process Black, to ...
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