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Printing Glossary

This glossary of printing terms was created by people working in today's printing industry and is brought to you by 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


Quality is a subjective term which can refer to either:
a) Expectations by the customer, printer and other professionals associated with a printing job and whether the job meets those expectations.
b) Print Quality, which describes the quality of a printed image compared to the quality that was originally intended, used in the context of the interrelationships of a paper's properties.


In book typography and production, Quarto is any printed sheet that has been folded two times to yield four leaves or eight pages. Quarto is also used to refer to the book size produced by folding pages in this manner, commonly 9H x 12 in.

Quick Printing

Quick Printing refers to short, single-color jobs run on a Duplicator, which is a small printing press (typically capable of printing sheets no larger than 11 x 17). Duplicators are typically simpler, stripped-down versions of larger, more advanced and automated offset presses.


The term Quotation refers to the process of giving a customer a quote of the estimated cost(s) of a printing project.