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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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Adjusting the spaces between letters


Lines on mechanical art that show position of photographs or illustrations

Knocking Up

To make the edges of a pile of paper or board straight, regular or flush; To straighten the edges of a handful of paper flush


To mask out an image; Because printing inks are not completely opaque, printing one ink over another will create a third colour. To avoid this, a knockout, or unprinted area, in the shape of the foreground object is left in the colour plates that make up the background. The danger is that a gap may appear between the foreground object and its background if misregistration occurs during printing

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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