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The Print Handbook


Preparing your pixels for print

This little handbook is crammed with stuff which we think you'll find very helpful. Especially if you're a designer. Our goal is to help you see if...

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Articles & Guides

Printer, Designer & Client. Who's responsible for what?

Printer, Designer & Client. Who's responsible for what?

What should you do when there's a mistake with your print job?

Designing for a newspaper

The Top 20 Best of The Best Graphic Design Books

Collated from 13 articles to create the ultimate best graphic design books top 20.

Designing for a newspaper

Designing for a newspaper

Get the best from your newspaper adverts. Tips and tools to get the best from your designs.


Colour profiles & colour spaces

An in-depth look at colour profiles and colour spaces. Grab a cup of tea, this one is going to hurt your head. But it will be worth it.


What's the correct DPI for printing?

Whether you're designing a brochure, banner or billboard find out how to pick the correct resolution.


Choosing the best file type for print

There's a whole bunch of files you can use when getting involved in print. But it's important to use the right one for the right job.


Inside a commercial printers

What actually happens at the printers? We've collated a few pictures and videos to show you.


Why use a spot colour?

Fancy Pantone colours. Why do you even need to consider using them?


What do printing plates actually look like?

Never had a proper look at a printing plate? Well we've put together some photos for you to look at.


The best print design sites

We've compiled a list of the very best sites for print designers.


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Free Helvetica poster

This free PDF download allows you to print out your own A2 Helvetica poster.

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Free 2016 calendar PDF download

Most free calendars you can download are ugly, covered in company logos and will use up all your ink. This calendar is not like those other calendars.

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Free binding guide

Take a look at our little binding guide booklets. You can download the PDFs for free and make them up yourself. We think they are pretty cool.



Paper sizes chart

Several tables full of paper sizes. What could be more interesting? And find out how big a Gutenberg Bible is.


Viewing distance and DPI chart

A simple chart to work out what your resolution should be depending on how far away the viewer is.


Viewing distance and font size chart

How small can you make text? Use this handy chart to base your decision.


Hot Wheel Cars

Hot Wheels cars

Hot Wheels cars photographed like real cars. All using a margarine tub, tracing paper, a desk lamp and some grey paper.

Hot Wheel Cars

DPI from space

A question I get all the time is "What resolution do I need for my artwork which is being viewed from space?" Here's your answer.