Finished layout or typesetting, drawings or photographs, made up in a form which is ready for the printer to print from.


Printing that extends to the edge of a sheet or page after trimming.


Abbreviation for Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Key (black), the four process colours commonly used when printing.

Coated/Uncoated Paper

Paper with a coating improves reflectivity and colour holdout of a print. Gloss and satin are examples of coated paper. Uncoated paper is commonly used for the printing of letterhead and is also referred to a bond or offset paper.


Arrangement of printed sheets into the desired sequence.


In a saddle stitched booklet the bulk of the paper causes the inner pages to extend or creep further out than the outer pages when folded. When trimmed the inner pages are narrower than the outer pages, counteracting the creep.

Crop Marks

Lines near the edges of an image indicating portions to be reproduced. Also called cutting marks and tick marks.

Die Cut

To cut irregular shapes into a paper or board using a die.

Digital Printing

Printing straight from electronic artwork (no plates used as in Litho print). Typically printed out of four colour process (CMYK). It’s ideal for short runs and faster turnarounds.

DL Envelope

A standard envelope size measuring 110mm x 220mm. They take A4 sheets folded into three.


Dots per inch that indicates the resolution an image. The more dots per inch, the higher the resolution and the better quality the image.


A term referred to when you print on both sides of a sheet of paper.


Where a printed matter is sealed in a plastic coating providing a rigid, watertight covering.


A set of letters, numbers or symbols that share a unified design. The design is called a typeface.


The unit of measurement for paper weight (Grams per Square Metre).


Spots or imperfections in the printing due to such things as dirt on the press, dried ink skin or paper particles etc.


Refers to the planning/positioning of artwork so that it is reproduced in an effective and orderly method.


One impression equals one press sheet passing once through a printing unit.


Within a publication, an additional item positioned into the publication loose (not bound in).


A thin transparent plastic sheet (coating) applied to usually a thick stock (covers, post cards, etc.) Providing protection against liquid and heavy use.


A design where the width is greater than the height – (opposite of portrait).


All activities required to prepare a press or other machine to function for a specific printing or bindery job. Also called setup.

Offset Litho(graphy)

A printing process by which the inked image to be printed is transferred (offset) first to a rubber blanket layer before coming into contact with the paper which takes up the inked areas. This process is normally used for longer runs/larger quantities of a printed matter.


Portable Document Format. The industry standard for saving files in an acceptable format. Quick, cheap and stable.

Perfect Binding

Can also be referred to as adhesive or soft binding. A type of binding in which the pages of a book are held together at the binding edge by glue or a synthetic adhesive


Taking place on a press or a binder machine, creating a line of small dotted wholes for the purpose of tearing-off a part of a printed matter


Piece of paper, metal, plastic or rubber carrying an image to be reproduced using a printing press.


A design where the height is greater than the width – (opposite of landscape).


All procedures associated with bringing a job to press such as managing colour settings and carrying out final artwork checks. This can also be referred to as pre-flighting.


A printed sample of work to be checked for errors in text, positioning or quality or colour reproduction.


Refers to the sharpness and quality of a supplied image. The higher the resolution, the better quality the final printed product will be.


Raster Image Processor. A processor which converts files into a format ready for printing.

Saddle Stitch

To bind by stapling sheets together where they fold at the spine.


The paper used inside a booklet is the same as that used for the cover.


Printing on one side of a sheet of paper.


The binding edge of a publication.


Paper or card to be printed on.


Short for ‘typographical error’ – a mistake in the copy.

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