Printing Terminology H-M

Printing Terminology H-M

Printing Terminology H-M: Clerkenwell, Bishopsgate, London EC1, EC2, EC3, EC4, N1.

The top edge of a document at right angles to the spine and opposite the foot.

 I – Printing Terminology and Facts:

IMAGE

The linked areas on a printing plate.

IMPOSITION

Plans for the arrangement of the pages on the printed sheet so that they will follow in the correct sequence when folded.

L – Printing Terminology and Facts:

LAMINATING

A thin plastic film adhered to printed sheets to give protection and/or a special finish for design purposes. Laminating is available in gloss, matt or silk finishes.

LANDSCAPE

A term for any job where the width of the item is greater than the height.

LASER COMPATIBLE PAPER

An uncoated paper produced specifically for use on items which need to subsequently be laser printed. Should be specified in all cases where this is a criteria, and can be used in conjunction with specially formulated inks to further reduce the likelihood of problems during lasering.

LASER PROOF

Low resolution proofs, which can be colour or black and white. They are used mainly for checking layout and text but not colour, and require no film or plates to be made in order for them to be produced.

LOOP STITCHING

A variation of saddle stitching using shaped wire staples which can be used to secure the finished job in a ring binder.

M – Printing Terminology and Facts:

MACHINE VARNISH

A varnish applied to the printed sheet to protect or seal against scuffing and marking and which can have either a gloss or matt finish.

MATT (OR SILK) COATED PAPER

An art paper which has received a surface coating to give a smooth, matt finish. Matt papers are in essence exactly the same as gloss papers, but have less pressure applied during the ‘polishing’ aspect of manufacture (known as calendaring) to give the slightly rougher, less shiny finished surface.

MATT VARNISHES

A varnish applied to printed literature to protect against scuffing and marking, giving a matt finish.

METAL FX

A new printing process which allows us to print up to 104 million different metallic colours in 1 pass of a 5 colour press.

Brad Malone

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