Category Archives: Print



10 Frustrations Only Print Designers Will Understand

“Great print and web design has a lot in common. They both require solid skills in typography, color and layout, to name just a few. But there’s a few ways in which the two fields are completely unique. If you’re a designer who works primarily with the printed page, we want you to know we feel your pain. Here’s a list of annoyances that only print designers will truly get. Let us know in the comments any that we’ve missed.

1. That typo.
If a website or blog goes live with a typo, it’s N.B.D. The developer can just login and make a change within a few nanoseconds. There’s even a chance nobody will notice. But if ten thousand brochures or a hundred foot billboard goes live with a typo, someone always seems to notice.”

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ARTICLE: Drinkable Book

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The Drinkable Book is both a water filter and an instruction manual for how and why to clean drinking water.  This technology (pAge drinking paper) uses a thick, sturdy sheet of paper embedded with silver nanoparticles, which are lethal for microbes.  This paper was created and shown to be highly antibacterial during Theresa’s Ph.D. at McGill University.

$25 donation will include a sample of the paper.

VIDEO: Brian Dettmer “Old books reborn as art”

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This is a very interesting presentation. In this video Brian Dettmer explains how he creates his book sculptures.

What do you do with an outdated encyclopedia in the information age? With X-Acto knives and an eye for a good remix, artist Brian Dettmer makes beautiful, unexpected sculptures that breathe new life into old books.

VIDEOS: Preserving the Visual History of the Printer Word

PrintingFilmsTo view this article in its entirety, please visit – was established by Doug Wilson in 2012 after his work as director and producer of Linotype: The Film. During the filming process, Doug was given a box of 16mm Linotype promotional films by Dave Seat for digitization.

In 2013, Carl Schlesinger (a former Linotype operator at The New York Times) donated his extensive collection of films to The Museum of Printing which assisted in the preservation of these films in 2015.

VIDEO: The Book that will become a Tree again


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The next big thing in children’s literature isn’t necessarily an imaginative story or lush illustrations. In fact, if you’re looking for a particularly innovative children’s book, you might not even find it on a bookshelf at all.

Instead, try digging in the ground.

ARTICLE: Incredibly Complex Paper Pop-Up Sculptures by Peter Dahmen

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German designer Peter Dahmen creates pop-up paper sculptures that open to reveal astonishingly complex forms. Dahmen talks about his artistic process and demonstrates a number of his beautiful sculptures in the video “The Magic Moment” by filmmaker Christopher Helkey. Dahmen posts videos of his sculptures on his YouTube channel.

How to Prepare Screen Captures for Print

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If you’re creating software documentation for print, or you want to show an image of a Web page in your project, you may need to include screen captures of software interface components such as menus or panels in your page layouts. Screen captures are easy to make using a system utility or dedicated screen-capture software, but they require some special handling to print clearly. When they’re part of software documentation or instructional materials, it’s important that the details are as sharply rendered as possible.

You should understand this about screen captures: Whether you take them by using your system’s built-in screen-capture functionality or a third-party screen-capture application, you are merely intercepting information that eventually becomes pixels on your monitor. Regardless of your current monitor resolution, there is a one-to-one relationship between the fixed number of pixels that an application (and your system) uses to render panels and menus and the number of pixels you see on your screen, even if you use a zoom utility. Of course, the size of the overall image you see is a function of your current monitor resolution, but the pixel dimensions of panels, menus, and tools will be identical, regardless of resolution. (Figure 1)

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Doing Your Own Giclée Prints

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Doing Your Own Giclée Prints by Heather Ackley (VAD Graphic Design Alumnus)

Those of you who are focusing heavily on your art and will be doing festivals may want to consider buying your own printer rather than outsource. It’s a personal preference. There are many options out there, and even some good $300 printers. However, the Epson 3880 Stylus Pro does archival prints with archival inks, and can print up to 17×22″ or 17x___ if you get a roll. I needed extreme color accuracy and quality, so I went for the gold.

I have compiled all the info you may need to invest in this type if printer, if the time comes. I had to come to the realization that I needed to spend money to make money, and this printer has more than paid for itself in the last 9 months.

So here you go…

• The printer I have (cheapest way to get it is Amazon) …I recommend getting a Prime account if you don’t have one. You can have paper overnighted to you in a bind for $4 shipping.
• I recommend getting the dust cover. You do not want dust getting inside of it.
• The paper I use is the Epson Velvet Fine Art, in 13×19, but it is available in many sizes. I buy it from PictureLine mostly, local. But sometimes from Amazon. It’s about $6 more from PictureLine.
Epson Velvet Fine Art Paper 13"x19" (20)
• It will come with enough ink to do quite a few prints. At least a hundred or two hundred. But when one of the cartridges does run out, this is what you’ll need: (there are 9 cartridges total, I’ve only had to replace about 5 so far and I print a ton).


There are also usually rebates from Epson for $200-250 at any given time.
• It will come with the drivers you need and is easy to install.I print directly from Photoshop.
• It is best to run the printer lightly and frequently, rather than running 50 prints every two months. One 13×19 sheet takes about 7 minutes to run through.
• I then cut them using a healing mat and sharp Xacto, using a metal ruler as the straight edge/guide.
• I buy my cello bags from GTbags, in various sizes. They last quite a while and are super cheap.

I hope this is of some help to you all! Oh, and I just use a simple cheap 8 year old Epson scanner to scan small pieces, and it works great.