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Do not overprint black text over metallic Pantone colors

Transparent inks can't stick to the surface of metallic inks. We've recently had this problem at the offset print house where I work. We wanted to print a black and white image where all the white ...
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Does printer color usage depend on how the object is designed?

I. Normally, a drawing program will send the data to a printer as you expected in this case. The printer will not care about the blue rectangle below the triangle. II. A printer does not have "...
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How can I keep a solid background behind text?

Make sure your text is selected and in your attributes panel, select "Overprint Fill".
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Correcting colors for logos on Business cards

Note that your logos are not "disappearing" in Corel. The printer is showing you a screenshot of elements that have incorrect coloring - RGB and Spot colors. What you see in their screenshot is ...
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Why doesn't Illustrator automatically overprint 100% black?

Black is a special swatch in InDesign. It can't be deleted and it can be set to Overprint Black at 100%. Sadly, this is not the case in Illustrator, where Black is just the name of a swatch. Note ...
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How to get a transparent and even effect printed on card board?

You can achieve this with offset or silk screen or even most other printing methods. You'll need to print the pink as a solid color (eg. Pantone Uncoated, no screen, no cmyk). Usually the printing ...
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Is it possible to print anything over foil-print?

It is absolutely normal to print over foilstamp. Moreover: print over the foilstamp is also much easier than to print to match precisely position on the knockouted foil. So don't worry, just prepare ...
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Does printer color usage depend on how the object is designed?

The way the applications work is that they try, and succeed to most extent, to make a what you see is what you get environment. So anthing you put on top knocks out the thing below (I am ignoring ...
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Is it possible to print anything over foil-print?

Always best to discuss your options with your printer. Printing on foil is common, but then usually a cold foil technique is used. Hotstamp foils create too much relief for a good ink transfer. Often,...
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Do not overprint black text over metallic Pantone colors

CMYK ink is thinner and so gets sucked faster, sticks better to the paper without substantially altering the surface of the paper. Spot ink however is more dense and forms a more elastic layer on top ...
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Do not overprint black text over metallic Pantone colors

My guess would be that either it complicates the printing process because it means that black ink will have to be applied after the spot ink (while default is spot inks are last) since the metallic ...
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Overlay to make image look dusty with fragmented text

I see you have found some plausible images of detoriated painted surfaces. Also the knackered black text is quite plausible except its paint is not at all washed out during the years. If that's wanted,...
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InDesign – Overprinting white at a Guangzhou printshop

The way you'll make sure overprinting is applied is simply by adding your background color to the color recipe of your gray illustration. Background CMYK + Gray CMYK = Fake Overprint of the gray. If ...
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Wall-Sized Canvas Print

Here's the thing - Sizes that big already need a printer that prints things that are larger than usual, which will usually mean that you need some kind of industrial printer that by default will cost ...
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Advice on how to do intricate "non-printing" or "cutout" areas

There is no universally accepted practice. It is true that the background is not white but transparent. However not all printhouses react the same way. There are at least 3 different ways they can ...
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Overlay to make image look dusty with fragmented text

My attempts playing with this. Start with a clean image. A. Get a nice texture https://www.texturepalace.com/gallery/metal/0405/8metal_texture_big_100405.jpg and saturate it a bit. B. Extract the ...
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Will this color become MUD when printed?

I think the only way to find out would be run a short test job. Having worked in the printing trade, and having used fluorescent inks from time to time - I have found they can be somewhat problematic ...
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Overprint with laser a inkjet print and vice versa

Could an Inkjet printer be ruined by the presence of toner on the paper surface? Can an inkjet printer overprint safely a laser print with also a thick toner density ? Consider that a laser printer ...
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How to create a vibrant gradient with 2 Pantone Colors?

The other answer is right, but I will elaborate a bit more here. Here I have two shapes so we can easily identify the colors. In your case, the shape will be the same overlapped. The trick is to ...
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Photoshop/Illustrator: How to create custom separations?

YES it can be done but it's no easy task. How difficult it would be depends entirely upon the artwork. One would use a multi-channel Photoshop document and create as many spot channels as are ...
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Smallest color set for overprinting?

Very interesting question! But also very impossible to answer I'm afraid. I'm looking forward to see other answers. In the meantime, here are some problems to consider: Separating a given color into ...
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How is Illustrator overprint preview calculated?

Overprinting only works on spot colors and (pure) C, M, Y, or K. If you change the color type to spot, you will see the results you expected. Caveat: using spot swatches in conjunction with ...
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Will this color become MUD when printed?

Or, you could knock out the type (probably the default anyway) and use a CMYK rich black for the logo. Unless it's going to be difficult to print in register, or if this a spot-color-only job (only ...
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Correcting colors for logos on Business cards

Your printer isnt being very helpful by the sound of it, I thought professional Corel use dissolved 10 years ago along with Quark...!! You should be sending them your files as a PDF (they should ...

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