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Posted by: sugarcane Jan 10 2020, 11:44 AM

Hello there,

Are there any tools in Photoshop or online that can simulate how a design will look based on the size and more importantly the colour when printed?


Posted by: jleach Jan 10 2020, 02:55 PM

Hi - I'm not a graphics expert, but I'm not sure there is. The screen colors and print colors are inherently different, and I don't think there's a way to make a screen say "show me the print version" due to natural differences between physical and digital renderings. If you're not familiar with it, you might look at the CMYK color more (instead of the more typical RGB), which is what (I think) you should be using for print work.

As far as size, I would think most graphics and editing programs could preview these for you in terms of layout, but if you're concerned about resolution and pixellation on the print copy, I'd check with your local print shop (or whoever you're having do the work) for their recommendation on resolution. It's been a while since I really looked into it, but as I recall there's lot of factors that go into that, such as target viewing distance, print medium, etc.

While we're on the topic (and because it's the last thing I know of offhand on the topic), be mindful of bleeds and cut margins in the print work.