Printer's Terms

Author's alterations

Art work
Illustrative materials, digital files

Printing Services definition is the person who requests the job, regardless of who originated the piece

The back of a bound book connecting the two covers, also called spine

Backed up
Printing the reverse side of a sheet already printed on one side

Enlargement of the original document or photo.

Booger glue
specialized rubber type glue used to hold loose sheets of items unto another object but allows you to peel it off later.

Body type
The type that is used for the main part or text of a printed piece

customer corrections

Comb binding
Hole punching the pages and cover of a book to be held together with a plastic comb style binder.

All material to be included in a printed work

Reduce in size by removing part of an image (mark area to be cropped - DO NOT CUT ORIGINAL)

Display type
Larger than body type, for titles and headings

A preliminary layout showing the position of illustrations and text as they are to appear in the final reproduction

Epson proof
A full color proof

Flush (left/right)
Typeset copy vertically aligned at the left or right margin

The complete set of characters in a type style

The appearance of a printed work (type style, layout, margins, size, etc.)

Four (4) color process printing - (CMYK)
Using four colors of ink, cyan (blue), magenta (red), yellow and black with specific dot pattern and screen angles to reproduce full color on printed project.

A photograph that has been modified into a dot pattern for printing

Space out lines of type so that both left and right margins are flush

Widening or narrowing spaces between typeset characters

The drawing or sketch of a proposed printed piece

Extra spacing between lines of typeset copy (Printers used to use lead strips for spacers.)

Line copy/Line work
Any copy which contains only solid black and white, without halftones

Make ready
All operations required to prepare the finished copy for printing

adding a compound to the edge of a stack of paper to make scratch pads.

Perfect bind
A wrap around, glued paper book cover

Unit of measurement used principally in measuring lines. One pica equals approximately 1/6 inch

Basic unit of type measurement. One point equals 1/12 pica and approximately 1/72 inch

A black and white or color representation of your project to show color, layout of artwork and copy. Also see blue-line proof.

Blue-line proof
A proof from a negative used to check layout and position

Ragged (left/right)
Unjustified copy

To position two or more images so they are precisely superimposed

Make white areas black, and black areas white

Running head
A title repeated on each page

Saddle stitch
Bind by stapling folded sheets through the fold

Print out of each individual color used to run a specific project. used in multi color and 4 color process printing. can be paper, film or printing plate.

Side stitch
Bind by stapling sheets on the side near the backbone (spine)

A set of folded pages that once collated together with other signatures make a book

See backbone

Spiral binding
Book binding with plastic or wire inserted through holes punched along the binding side

Material to be printed on

The body of a page or book, as distinguished from the heading

Thermal tape bind
A process to bind pages of a book and the cover together using a special glue strip heated in a cover clamp.

A single word in a line by itself, ending a paragraph