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How can I make this picture print exactly (or almost exactly) the way it looks on screen?

Study Colour Management. Find and worship "CMYK 2.0 by Rick McCleary." I use it as my course text. Tip: What you should be trying to do is to get your screen to look like the print. Begin by making ...
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How to get a 1:1 scale print preview?

Could I suggest the "really, really obvious empirical method"? Get a sheet of A4. Hold it up to the screen. Change the image zoom scale until it matches. Forget DPI & pixel density. You just ...
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PDF Design - A one size fits all devices solution

The only scenario in which I would create multiple copies of the document in varying sizes is if one was intended for print only and the other was intended for digital use and possibly at home ...
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Preparing Indesign booklet with .psd graphics for print

InDesign does not "store" any data for placed images. Everything is a "link" to the original image file and not "embedded" within InDesign. What happens to placed images in InDesign upon output.... ...
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So maybe I got the wrong printer?

You can't print 'bright' colors on uncoated stock on a desktop inkjet printer because the uncoated stock just soaks in the ink. Your sample card appears to be printed offset. Possibly using opaque ...
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How to get a 1:1 scale print preview?

Make sure that the screen definition as seen by Gimp is the real one: Edit>Preferences>Interface>Display>Monitor resolution (in 2.8: Edit>Preferences>Display>Monitor resolution). ...
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Preparing Indesign booklet with .psd graphics for print

InDesign has an incredibly powerful pre-flight & packaging system set up for exactly this task: Once you've opened the palette up you can choose (or create) an appropriate pre-flight profile: ...
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Compute White Underprint Values

I can show you one way (out of several) to remove the gray background color from the image, but I'm not sure if the resulting image will work for a shirt print. In RGB, just add a layer on top of the ...
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How to get the best results printing white text with small font-size on a rich black background

You don't mention which printing method you are going to use, so I'll assume you mean ordinary offset print. The type of paper and the size of the sheets also matter. I've had luck with small white ...
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Do most commercial printers print full-bleed or trim size? How can you tell?

What may feel implicit to you would most certainly be expected by them to be explicit. You get what you pay for. You say "Can I have 1,000 of these printed?" They say, "Yes, they'll be ready ...
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How do I ensure the file I send to an external printer will print correctly?

The ICC profile you received from the print provider is for their equipment. You should not expect the ICC profile to render proper colors on your equipment. For accurate color from your printer, you ...
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How to avoid uneven lines and moirée in printed hatches?

It is simply called aliasing. On a laser printer theres not much you can do about it. It simply happens because you are very close to the actual resolution of the printer. Yes aliasing is highly ...
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Total ink coverage on CMYK digital printing

Adobe Acrobat has a number of tools to analyze PDF documents. You can use the Preflight tool (Edit → Preflight...) to analyze for any pre-print issues, including ink coverage, image resolution etc. ...
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Will digital printing be able to match RGB better than offset printing?

An ink can not match that color. I doubt any ink system, such as CMYK, or even CcMmYyK, will match it. There's no way to get the same vibrance in standard inks. Digital printing, while it may accept ...
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How to smooth out a pixelated image before printing?

Illustrator's Live Trace set to three colours did a reasonable job vectorising this example - if the rest are similar, you can convert all to vector art and be guaranteed good large-format output. ...
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How to print out a poster with an image from a Netflix show?

Well... First concern is copyright. You can't just take anything you see and use it as you wish without infringing upon copyrights, unless you have permission. Now, that being posted, for your own ...
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Laser printer faintly printing where it shouldn't be

Fuser is bad.. needs replaced.. Fusers are not cheap. They are the heart of the printer. Call a tech, you can't fix this yourself. Or take it to a repair shop for an estimate. This often happens ...
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How to print white/light pixels as light-grey/white rather than underlying paper color

You probably won't be proven wrong. Without the use of actual white ink (and a press, not a copier), there's nothing you can do to make white miraculously appear on a non-white stock. The highest/...
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What printers or methods are used to apply a matte lamination finish to the blank surface of an optical disc?

Two possibilites how they achieved this look and feel: The foundation for the print (usually white) soaks in a lot of the color in the process. Then it was not a finishing step. They have used a ...
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RGB/CMYK/HEX to Pantone Reference for Print and Solid Chip

Put simply, some RGB (RE:HEX) colors just can not be reproduced via CMYK. Your only option is to find something visually as close as you can. That often means ignoring the RGB?Hex numbers entirely ...
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Why does using "Save As" and "Print to PDF" in Ai give different color output?

When you create an Illustrator file there is an option for the color mode: CMYK: Cyan (blueish), Magenta (redish), Yellow, Key (black) RGB: Red, Green and Blue CMYK is a four color system used in ...
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PDF Design - A one size fits all devices solution

I'm having a similar issue with a client which produces multiple PDFs, some for the web, some for print (either office or professional prints) and some for all uses. What we have come up with as the ...
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So maybe I got the wrong printer?

It's difficult to tell for sure from a photograph, but that looks like offset lithographic printing and thermography. Basically, after printing and while the ink is still wet, the sheets are run ...
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Image from photoshop has a different black background. I deleted the background

If you want accurate color when sending to print, you need to convert all images to the cmyk color space. Rbg is used to set the color of light and many rgb values cannot be recreated in print. Also, ...
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Color adjusting tool for office printer

The problem with your approach is that as soon as you get a new printer, you need to recreate every asset. So you want a printer that is a slave to your process, not the other way around. You will ...
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How do I adjust the level of black in a photoshop file?

They are asking for a specific case of rich black. Take a look at this post and answer. When should I use rich black? and What kind of black should I use when designing for CMYK print? But in this ...
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Will digital printing be able to match RGB better than offset printing?

Scott has already covered the basics of RGB to CMYK conversions, so I won't go over the same ground. If, however, you can persuade them to go with a spot colour, then purely on economic ...
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Should I color my background or keep it transparent?

If you added a background color merely to mimic the color of stock, then remove the background before creating files for output. If you don't remove the background, you will be covering the stock ...
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How does one make & print fluorescent designs in photoshop?

Fluorescent Pantone colours are spot colours, i.e. special inks with fluorescent pigments. Yes you would have to specify them. Your print company will need to make separations (separate screens) for ...

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