Progress Printing

Glossary

Design & Print Terms

  • CMYK - 4 Colour Process Printing (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black)
  • 300dpi - Image Resolution Measurement - best setting for high quality print 
  • Embedded Fonts - Fonts that are embedded while creating PDF 
  • Outlined Fonts - Fonts that have been outlined in the design software
  • 4 Colour Black - 60%c, 50%m, 50%y, 100%k also called Super Black  
  • Line Screen - Resolution of a halftone (lines per Inch)
  • CTP - Computer to Plate - Plate processing technology
  • Trim Size - Finished size of the print product
  • Bleed - Extra image or text that is outside of the trim area
  • Trim Marks - Corner marks to indicate trim
  • Finishing - All processes that follow the sheets being printed
  • Imposition Layout of artwork on the printed sheet
  • Offset Printing -  Method that transfers image on plate to the stock
  • Resolution - Number of pixels in an image
  • RGB - Colours made from emitting light (Red, Green, Blue) - not suitable for printing 
  • RIP - Raster Image Processor - A device that converts digital files

Paper Stock Terms


  • GSM - Grams per Square Metre (Measure of the Weight of Paper)
  • Bond - Laser Stock 
  • Uncoated - No coating, similar to laser stock, absorbs more ink 
  • Coated - Surface coated for a smoother even finish
  • Gloss - Shiny looking stock
  • Matt - Flat looking stock
  • Satin - Neutral looking stock
  • Laminated - Plastic coating bonded to the printed stock 
  • Celloglaze - Same as Laminating
  • Varnish - Ink or liquid based coating added to stock during printing
  • FSC Part recycled / part forest plantation paper