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Print Glossary

Listed below in our Print Glossary are the common terms used within the printing industry in everyday speak as well as a few definitions and explanations that will be of great help to you. If you ever wondered what is meant when a job 'bleeds' or when a 'dummy' is needed, then here is your chance to wise up on printers' jargon.

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Getting the most out of a printing press by using the maximum sheet size to print multiple images or jobs on the same sheet. A way to save money


To place in their correct order the sections or sheets to make up a book


Graphical Interchange Format. A graphics file usecf on the internet


A shiny look that reflects light


The direction in which the paper fibres lie


The weight of a material such as paper defined in grams per square metre


The depiction of grey tones between black and white. A greyscale monitor is able to display grey pixels as well as black and white, but not colour pixels


The binding margin of a book; line or fold at which pacing pages meet

Carbon Capture & Storage Association Federation of Small Businesses British Print Birmingham Chamber of Commerce Forest Stewardship Council Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Heidelberg ISO 12647-2 Certification

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