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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 areas were silver and for unknown reasons we forgot what we already knew. First we simply printed a solid silver rectangle and printed the black image on top of ...


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There are 3 areas... Trim Safety Bleed Trim is the final delivered size of the piece.If you order an A3 flyer, then the trim is the dimension of the A3 (29.7 x 42.0cm) Safety is the margin inside the trim. The area between the trim and where the actual content (text) starts. In most instances you'll want to leave at least 6 or 7mm between your content ...


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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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You should really ask the print shop about how to set up your file. They should be able to send you a template of the punch form used and give you some guidance. That said, a PDF can only ever be rectangular. My guess would be that the print shop needs a file where the irregular shape touches the sides of the rectangle. The bleed is added all around the ...


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Sometimes there are empty text objects which are invisible, locked or hidden, but can still get listed as text objects in the file. Use 'Type → Find Font' to see all the fonts in your document and where they are used. Also to make sure everything is converted to outlines, select all and convert to outlines, which should leave you with an empty list in the '...


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Never run paper through a laser printer twice unless it is specifically designed to do so and has a "duplex" feature. If your laser printer is not designed to print double-sided (duplex) on its own, all you are doing is damaging the printer which will eventually mean you'll need a new one. You are damaging the drum when you do this. The drum is essentially ...


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For me.. type is never rich black. At least not body copy. Some headlines which are considerably larger (±30pt) then okay. For anything else, less than 2pt is a mistake to apply a rich black to. An even 2pts is close. But this really depends upon how such a line is used. If it's in the middle of a piece of art then it doesn't really matter. If it's a simple ...


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What Wolff said is correct. Also, brochures like this cost extra typically where I'm from, because of its unique form. When you set up a print file, there should be three main lines: die line: where the paper will be cut giving you the final shape and size safe line (safe zone): usually .125 inches within the die line. Make sure your art does not surpass ...


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There's no such thing as a CMYK gold. What you need is a special color which should be marked as 'spot' color in your source file and shaped like the logo and header text. Convert text to outlines and the logo to a single color then apply a pink to all these and make it a 'spot' pink set to 'overprint'. No, I don't know how to do that in Photoshop, but I'm ...


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There's no general rule saying you should or should not include a printing service. However, i'd say most independent designers will not deliver prints for clients. They can sometimes recommend a specific print provider, but rarely get involved in the actual printing process. That's mainly because a designer's job is usually to deliver that print-ready PDF,...


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Yes, the bleed will be completely trimmed. If you create an A4 flyer (210mm x 297mm), then you'll have to deliver at least 216x303 to your printer. That will get produced, and be trimmed to 210x297 again.


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You are probably multiplying a color on top of an image in Illustrator, right? Or maybe you a re doing it some other way. The problem is that when you export a pdf to print using a color profile which should only allow a total ink of 320%, Illustrator (or other applications like InDesign) doesn't analyze your layers in depth to make sure that your layered ...


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Is there a simple and accessible workflow for designers to produce this type of holographic design? The process is pretty simple. Contact a provider. Ask for the specific format. Provide all the documentation needed to have the record on who asked for the specific holo. Pay the fee. Receive the product. Of course, the limitation is the fee. A hologram is ...


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There is no built-in A4 to A3 export option, if that's what you needed. You should duplicate the existing A4 artboard and manually resize to A3 as a separate artboard.


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That's a version of how printing used to look between lead type and word processors. You'd have someone type up the copy on a typesetting machine, which would produce long strips of copy in a particular letterface at a specified pitch (point size). The paper was not quite vinyl, but definitely sturdier than paper, and coated so it was a bit waxy. You'd use ...


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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 ink is opaque; or a metallic spot ink is a bad surface to print on: the black ink may not stick to the metallic ink layer nearly as well as it does to the ...


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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 of the paper, think of it like kind of a 'rubber' coating, which is more tricky to print on, dries slower, etc. In a more extreme comparison, think of ...


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Ask the person who gave you that info. That type of writing looks like someone tried to save some seconds on writing the specs... Take one minute to clarify and save yourself hours of guessing. 20.0000 has no sense as a unit. No modern notation groups numbers in 4 digits, even if you remove one 0, 20.000 has no sense using the dot as a (1000) separator (as ...


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Actually ther are many PANTONE black swatches and the difference between them is the percentage of the CMYK mix, and the reason for that is to suit a variety of design methods that suits different materials to print on, and different appearence of black color. To be able more to decide what black you need to use I suggest to refere to this nice article about ...


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Process black is just black ink and it will print black but not a rich black, which is what we call it in the printing industry where I live. There are 2 ways to achieve rich black: combine it with cyan and/or other 4 color process inks - or use a PMS pantone black that comes ready mixed in a can. I work in commercial printing and which way you go depends on ...


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6, 8, 10, 12-color process. CMYK is referred to as 4-color process. So simply change the 4 to how many ever colors you are running. Of course, the natural follow up question is going to be "what are the [ additional ] colors?" So, you should be prepared :) If these were spot colors, then it would still be referred to as a 6-color job.. but not "process". ...


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Bleed works perfectly to account for inaccurate cutting when your artwork overlaps the edge of the media. When you create artwork which snaps to one of the corners, or even one of the edges, there is no perfect solution. Only 100% accuracy will ensure a perfect result. Here I show eight different ways to add 3 mm bleed on your artwork, ranging from the ...


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Required?.... no. Can you?.... if you want to. You can either subcontract printing services and then mark up the costs and pass them on to your clients. This makes you responsible for paying all printing costs regardless of whether your client pays you or not. You can offset the risk by requiring deposits on printing services. This means you can profit a ...


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If you're using a layout software you would only need to be concerned about the DPI of any raster objects you use in the layout, with text and lineart being exempt from DPI issues due to their vector nature. When exporting your document as a PDF or sending it to a desktop printer, any raster objects whose effective output DPI is higher than the quality ...


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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 with ink and changing the appearance of the stock. If that's not your desired outcome, you don't want a background.


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This depends on the size of the banner, but generally, unless they are all in a vector format (AI, EPS, SVG) — which ensures the sharpest quality — they will not be good enough to print. Many times people get logos from the internet and they are low resolution JPG or PNG files which can generally work for a Powerpoint, but not for print. If you're ...


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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 each fluorescent colour in addition to any other colours. In Photoshop you would need to add a spot colour channel. Usually you would begin with a CMYK or ...


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In other words, whatever value you set for the bleed, that will be excess paper going outside your design and which will be physically cut off in production.


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Its better if you just go to a local print shop and look at actual paper samples. Sometimes you can find these in art supplies shops or even regular stationery/office supplies shops. The difference can be explained, but it is nothing like touching the actual surface of these. gloss can feel a bit like plastic when you touch it, because its got a shiny ...


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This is a fun question to answer... It is like asking a pitcher on a baseball game what kind of curved throw you should make... I have no idea until I'm in front of the project! I need to consider the quality of the printer I am working with. I worked with one printer that had an awesome quality, the machine was a 4 head printer, was dammed expensive but ...


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