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LaTeX is meant exactly for stuff like this. LaTeX is a programming language of sorts, designed with the explicit purpose of typesetting documents... like, say, an essay template. It spits out nice, vectorized PDFs across Windows, OSX, and Linux, and it's also possible to define your own custom formats and commands. There's a wealth of documentation ...


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None. End user printers are not designed for perfect registrations. None of them. It should always be expected that paper will shift and move slightly and never be pulled through the printer in the exact same way twice. This even includes printers specifically designed for duplex printing. The nature of sheetfed laser or inkjets just does not allow for ...


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PDF is a complex standard that includes a huge number of features, and the kitchen sink on top of that. Not all of those features are conducive to print production (for example, hyperlinks). PDF/X requires that your document is prepared for print. That is: All fonts are embedded in the file All images are in CMYK or in spot color mode, OR contain color ...


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Print costs have nothing to do with the design costs. These are two separate things. A design could be simple taking an hour or less, or it could be complex and take many hours of work, but the cost of printing it would be the same regardless, assuming the same printing spec such as number of colours and ink coverage.


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The only kind of sheet fed printers I know of that can achieve accurate registration are printing presses. They have suckers to lift each sheet, and mechanical lays to push or pull the paper into the exact same position for printing. This is what they typically look like I've never seen anything like this for home or office digital printers like inkjets or ...


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Use the 'Warp' feature in Illustrator (for vector artwork) create your artwork inside a straight rectangle group and select the artwork with this selected, hit Ctrl+Shift+Alt+W which opens up the 'Warp Options' dialog (or via the menu 'Object → Envelope Distort → Make with Warp') select the 'Arc' style and type '13.889%' in the 'Bend' field (25° is 13.889 ...


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You're describing offset lithography. The maroon (and silver) metal plate was the actual printing plate made by a photomechanical process in a process camera then in a contact printing frame 1:1. In the printing press, the plate is wet with a "fountain" solution. The silver part (zinc-coated aluminum foil) remains wet. The pink parts are water-resistant so ...


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It's completely fine to use them. Google Fonts are all open source, so you can use them for whatever you like. However, they are mostly screen fonts. In other words, they're mostly designed to look decent on a display. They have big lower-case letters, wide spacing between characters, no fine strokes that wouldn't render on screen and so on. Most are sans-...


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Each and every foundry has an End User license Agreement (EULA) for their fonts. They all vary to some degree. Some EULAs may forbid the client from ever sending you files to begin. Some EULAs state (paraphrasing) that sharing in order to "facilitate reproduction" is acceptable, but nothing is to be retained after reproduction. Really, only reading the ...


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The black in the bike needs to match the background black. If the background is 100% K, the bike needs to also be 100%k. If the background is 40C0M0Y100K, then the bike needs to be 40C0M0Y100K It may be easier to just add a transparency gradient to the bottom of the bike rather than adding a black gradient.


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Two considerations I'm aware of: Misregistration Assuming this is based on overlaid inks (e.g. CMYK) not premixed inks (e.g. Pantone spot colours), it's not a bad idea to try to minimise the number of inks used in the colours in thin or high detail areas such as thin lines and fine text. This is because for fine lines, tiny registration errors (...


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In a capitalistic world... you are free to charge whatever you want to charge. It makes no difference if you charge 100%, 200%, 500%, or 1000% more than any printing costs. The only thing which matters is... what will clients be willing to pay. That being posted, I would always charge a markup on any carried costs. If printing costs X, then I would charge ...


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This site explains the process of coloring comics during the 60's (when the Hulk started) http://facweb.cs.depaul.edu/sgrais/comics_color.htm snip The possible combinations of these tints gave colorists a palette of 64 possible colors to use in the books, though most used no more than half of them. Many of the darker colors were indistinguishable in ...


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In most cases, a minimum line weight for commercial printing is .25pt. Anything that weight or larger should hold up just fine. Keep the .25pt in mind if you reduce an image.


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Bleed and slugs are meant to be cut off after printing. Therefore you don't want them on the page. By being outside the InDesign page definition, it should make it clear that when printed, only the actual page will be seen. When you export to a press-ready PDF or output the InDesign file with printer's marks, the additional areas for bleed and slug are ...


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There is no answer to your question as such: everything above C0M0Y0K100 is darker than process black. However, consider that 100% ink means that your printer fills the entire raster, while 25 fills only a quarter of a raster. This means that the lower the value of your other colors the more uneven it is, so it might be perceived as grainy. So while M100 ...


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Most commercial printers will provide a color proof that is ostensibly a very good representation of the final output. Probably will have an additional cost attached to it, but definitely ask about it. If they decline to offer a proof before final printing, you may want to look around elsewhere for another printer. Also, make sure your image is in CMYK ...


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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 element on fold." It requires hairline bindery precision, which is rare if not impossible (which is why we have margins & bleeds).


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Photoshop is probably the last choice for this type of work. InDesign could work better as it can natively create a 'facing pages' document, meaning left & right page templates and yes with the proper formatting everything can be vector in your template which will result in minimal file size. Since you appear to also need to typeset math into your ...


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Although it looks like a one-piece symbol, the heart icon is most likely made up of 2 shapes. Part of it will float over and part under the actual wording.


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Interesting question. Pantone is not a manufacturer of inks, Pantone is a color matching system. When you're using Pantone colours You are not using a "Pantone color", you are using a color that is labeled in a specific way by a system that has some specific rules and values to be reproduced by ink manufacturers and print shops. I will separate "rules" ...


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The easiest way would be to create a selection around the bar code (I assume it's got the white background), then using the Channels Panel - Hightlight the black channel and use Levels to boost the tone to 100%. Then Highlight the C channel and fill the selection with white. Then fill the selection on the M and Y channels with white as well. Double check ...


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First.. there is no such thing as a "standard" PDF. What does that even mean? What is a "standard" pdf??? If anything, there are "PDF Standards" which is the PDF/X format. PDF/X-1a comes with some valuable restrictions on the data it can contain. All color must be greyscale, CMYK, or Spot colors. RGB data is not allowed in a PDF/X-1a file. All fonts must ...


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Such a thing does not exist, unfortunately. The sheer number of paper and board suppliers, the vast number of substrates that most of them produce and the constant innovation mean that you could never really have a universal standard set of papers. Even if you were to source something standard (like 150gsm semi gloss coated) from a handful of different ...


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Here's a super-fast workaround: Use Indesign, place "current page number" in your Master page... Open page 1 "Numbering & Section Options", then select style 001,002,003... Finally, in the page panel, Insert 131 pages.


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In Illustrator, keep your die lines in a separate layer. You can set that layer to non-print in the Layer Options dialog (double click on the layer). Checking the Template box will also make it a non-print layer: When you go to print, make sure that Visible & Printable Layers is selected for Print Layers.


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It's common to refer to these elements as "registration marks" but that's not completely accurate. There are multiple components: Registration marks: thin lines/circles on multiple axes to detect misalignment between color plates. This is what the "Registration" swatch is commonly used for. Color bars: solid and screen value blocks of color (sometimes ...


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I cannot guarantee that any of my suggestions would result in a better print, but here are some things that stick out to me: Design in vector whenever possible There is nothing in the design that you've posted that cannot be saved as a vector. It looks like the jagged lines in "printing detail 5" are a result of providing raster art instead of vector. ...


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Send each print project separately. That means split your AI document into 1 artboard per project. And you can then designate the quantity desired for FileXXXX.pdf, etc. With varying quantities, relying on any other method is a recipe for errors.


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Ok, I think this question is quite difficult to answer because there could potentially be many variables at play. I'm just going to concentrate on the practicalities of printing the job, so you don't upset your printer with your novel choices of mixes for rich black. I assume, it's four colour process offset lithography. It might depend on the press and ...


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