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Print jargon – common printing terms explained

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tint
Percentage shade of a colour
TIFF
Tagged Image File Format – file format used to store an image
text
Pages in a book, excluding covers
trapping
When preparing digital artwork – it is the process of overlapping adjacent colours to eliminate the white lines that could appear between them during the print process
typesetting
The assembly of text and pictures on a MAC or PC by keyboard or other digital means
typo
Short for ‘typographical error’ – a mistake in the copy
UV
Special varnish that has undergone an accelerated varnish drying process using ultra violet is applied to printed matter to enhance its appearance. A gloss UV Varnish is commonly used and this gives a very shiny effect
varnishes
Special varnishes applied to printed matter to protect literature from ink smudging or finger marking or to enhance appearance. There are five main types – machine, gloss, matt and silk and UV. Varnishes are commonly used on matt or silk-coated paper as these types are more prone to smudging than gloss coated paper. Varnish applied to a specific area of a document is known as spot varnish and when it is applied to the whole document it is termed as an overall varnish (or less commonly as a flood varnish)
versioning
Technique used in digital printing systems to create a number of different versions of a basic document, such as different language versions or tailored information for different readers
visual
Preliminary layout, indicating the general design and the position of the various elements
web-fed press
Presses fed by paper from a reel rather than separate sheets. They are normally used for low quality high run work
 

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