15 Answered Questions for the topic print design

Print Design Graphic Design Bleed

07/13/19

How can I determine how much bleed to use?

I'm starting to do designs meant for printing, but I'm fairly new to this medium so I don't really understand how bleed works and how much bleed should I specify for:- Business cards- Large format... more
Print Design Graphic Design

07/03/19

What should you ask the printer?

We get a lot of questions in regards to *what should my file spec be, what should I do with X and Y, how should I do my black* etc. etc. and a large majority of the time we suggest to ask the... more

06/20/19

Who is responsible for text mistakes in a print project?

I am a graphic designer and my project was to design and print a cocktail catalog. Everything worked fine till the client realized, when I delivered the printed catalogs, that a cocktail΄s... more

06/05/19

Export vector design from Illustrator to photoshop and back?

How do I take a gradient vector design into photoshop, add noise to it, and then return it back into Illustrator without the white background?

06/05/19

Charging an Intellectual Property transfer fee for design work?

So, you've finished a design job (eg. a logo design) and the client asks for your IP surrounding the logo, eg copyright, original artwork files, notes, sketches, all of that stuff that went into... more

05/15/19

What CMYK values should I use for rich black, and how should I handle tints/shades?

I'm working on a full color piece in Illustrator which has a few large black and grey areas.I'd like the black to be a rich black. I was thinking c30 m30 y30 k100. What is the best ways to match my... more
Print Design Graphic Design Color Cmyk

05/11/19

How do I make screenshots look good when printed in CMYK?

When printing screenshots alongside black text, black areas of the screenshot look a <del>washed out</del> *"muddy dark grey"* and *"washed out"*. What causes this and can I improve the... more

05/10/19

What does it mean when printers have told me my colour is not a Pantone colour, but in my file it is?

I've recently designed a cosmetic label for a client and I've given them the final file to have it printed at their designated printer companies.But a few have them have come back and said that... more

05/03/19

Should I watermark my work?

I am an art student who is trying to upload some digital work on a website. Do graphic designers typically watermark their work? If no, how do graphic designers protect their work?Update: The... more

04/12/19

When designing for apparel how should the canvas be addressed?

I am aware that most screen printing or DTG (Direct To Garment) have a maximum print size but I'm curious to know what is the proper way to address apparel designs when the intended design is to be... more

04/10/19

Is it possible to use a fully open source workflow for print design?

Is it possible to use only open-source tools in order to produce professional level artwork? Has anyone actually done it? If not, where are the current gaps?Assume I'm producing a small multi-page... more
Print Design Graphic Design Color Black

04/03/19

What kind of black should I use when designing for CMYK print?

My question is what kind of black should I use when printing. At the moment I use this black (split into CMYK): C:0% M:0% Y:0% K:100%It looks fine in InDesign or Illustrator but if I save a PDF... more

03/27/19

How to prepare pencil sketches for printing in a book?

I have a selection of pencil sketches that need to be prepared for print in a book (think standard paperback).I'm trying to work the best way to remove dust, bring the background up to white... more

03/25/19

Illustrator: Resize Artboard With Objects Inside?

I've been looking everywhere, and cannot find my answer so I wanted to ask here. I know how to re-size my artboard in Illustrator and all that, but I cannot get my artboard to re-size with objects... more

03/13/19

What resolution should a large format artwork for print be?

For wall-sized graphics and large banners (e.g 3m x 5m), what is an acceptable PPI for print?As I understand it 300 PPI is the typical for 'small' artworks (esp. for clean text resolution).... more

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