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Natural Color refers to antique, brown, cream, ivory, mellow-white and off-white colored paper.
Neutral Gray is any shade of gray, running the gamut from white to black, that possesses no discernible color or hue, or which resembles a gray shade found on a gray scale.
Nipping is the compressing of the spine of a book prior to casing in. Nipping forces out air from the pages of a book block and also compensates for thread build-up. In contrast, smashing is the application of pressure to the entire surface of the book block.
Non-impact printing is a printing process in which the imaging apparatus never comes into contact with the printed medium.
This term refers to a shade of blue that is invisible to photographic film and is thus used to mark guidelines, instructions, etc., on camera-ready copy. Also called blue pencil, drop-out blue, fade-out blue and nonrepro blue.
Novelty Printing means printing on products such as coasters, pencils, balloons, golf balls, ashtrays, keychains, pens, trays etc.