15 Answered Questions for the topic print design
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
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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
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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