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TRADE GLOSSARY

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Additive Color

Color created by a light source using Red, Green, and Blue (RGB), used for computer monitors, not suitable for printing.

See Also: Subtractive Color

Alteration

Changes made to art during the proofing process and before approval for printing.

Art

Image in a format that can be transferred to printing plates, can be a digital file or paper original.

See Also: Camera-ready

Bindery

Term used for processes done to sheets after printing such as cutting, folding, collating, etc.

Blanket

Rubber surface on a printing press that transfers ink from the plate to the sheet.

See Also: Offset Printing, Plate

Bleed

Image that extends to the edge of the sheet after cutting. Also refers to the extra space added to the image to prevent problems when cutting.

See Also: Gutter, Image Area

Border

Line or decoration on the outside edge of the image.

C1S

Abbreviation for coated one side.

C2S

Abbreviation for coated two sides.

Camera-ready

Art that is correct and of necessary quality for printing with no changes needed.

See Also: Art

CMYK

Abbreviation for Cyan Magenta Yellow Black, the inks used in four color process printing.

See Also: Four Color Process, Subtractive Color

Collate

To arrange printed sheets in a specified order.

Color Balance

In CMYK pre-press, the percentages of each ink required to create a certain color. On the press, refers to the amounts of each ink added to match desired color.

Color Correct

To change color balance when colors don't match desired color.

See Also: Color Balance

Crop Marks

Thin lines that indicate where the printed piece is to be cut.

See Also: Register Marks

Cure

To dry inks or coatings after printing.

Deboss

To press an image with a die into paper, leaving it below the surface.

See Also: Emboss

Die

Metal blades or strips arranged in specific positions for cutting, scoring, or pressing foil onto paper.

Dots-per-inch

Resolution measurement for halftones and screens used in four color process printing. Abbreviated DPI.

See Also: Screen

Dummy

Mock up of final product, typically a booklet to show the page order for collating.