The Print Handbook

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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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Free Helvetica poster

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

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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.

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How to set up blacks for print

A helpful article from Computer Arts explaining a little about different types of printed black.


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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Design tools


Paper size charts

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


PDF viewer Check

This clever PDF by VIGC displays an error message when viewed in a PDF viewer which can't be trusted to produce an accurate reproduction. Great for sending to clients.


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