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This glossary of printing terms was created by people working in today's printing industry and is brought to you by MirPrint.com . It has been revised and edited and we have rewritten some technical descriptions in every day language to help the non technical person. Any suggestions that you may have on how we can improve this glossary will be carefully considered. Please send your comments and any new definitions to us at MirPrint.com.



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  • Back up
    Back Up refers to the process of printing an image, artwork or text on the reverse side of a sheet that has already been printed on one side. 

    It can also mean to adjust an image on one side of a sheet so that it aligns back-to-back with an image ...   Read More
  • Banding
    Banding usually refers to a defect in halftone screens or screen tints produced by laser printers or imagesetters in which parallel breaks (stair steps) or streaks appear in the dot pattern. 

    It can also refer to a method of packaging, where printed pieces of paper are bound using rubber bands.
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  • Black Printer
    A Black Printer is a plate used with the cyan, magenta, and yellow plates for four-color process printing. Its purpose is to increase the overall contrast of the reproduction and, specifically, improve shadow contrast. It is sometimes called the key plate, and the letter K is often used to designate ...   Read More
  • Blanket
    A Blanket is a fabric coated with natural or synthetic rubber that is wrapped around the blanket cylinder of an offset press. It transfers the inked image from the plate to the paper.
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  • Bleed
    Bleed is a printing term that refers to printing that goes beyond the edge of the sheet after trimming. The bleed is the part on the side of your document that gives the printer that small amount of space to move around paper and design inconsistencies. 

    Bleeds in the USA ...   Read More
  • Bond
    Bond paper is a high quality durable writing paper similar to bank paper but having a weight greater than 50 g/m2. The name comes from it having originally been made for documents such as government bonds. It is now used for letterheads, other stationery and as paper for electronic printers. ...   Read More
  • Brochure Printing
    Brochures may advertise locations, events, hotels, products, services, etc. They are usually succinct in language and eye-catching in design. The two most common brochure styles are single sheet, and booklet (folded leaflets) forms. 

    The most common types of single-sheet brochures are the bi-fold (a single sheet printed on both sides ...   Read More
  • Bronzing
    Bronzing is a process by which a bronze-like surface is applied to other materials (metallic or non-metallic). Some bronzing processes are merely simulated finishes (patinas) applied to existing metal surfaces, or coatings of powdered metal that give the appearance of a solid metal surface. In other cases, an actual layer ...   Read More

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