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A proof of the job from the printing press.
The name of the shade of red established as one of the standard four colour printing inks.
A clay coated printing paper with a dull finish.
A printing ink, which produces an effect of gold, silver, bronze or copper.
A Printing fault where halftones appear as patterns of dots.
The amount of moisture in paper. It is expressed as a percentage of its weight. Typically, a moisture content of around 7-8is recommended for printing on paper.
An image made up of varying tones in one colour (also duotone)
A composition of portions of several images or photographs into a single image.
No Carbon Required. Another term used by carbonless paper.
Film that has been exposed and processed to fix a reverse tone or image.
Printing a unique number on a job (i.e. tickets).
A method of lithography by which the image is not printed direct from the plate but offset first onto a rubber covered cylinder, the blanket that performs the printing operation.
Description of non-transparency in printing papers.
Any matter or image intended for reproduction
Printing over an already printed area
A thin transparent plastic sheet (coating) applied to usually a thick stock (covers, post cards, etc.) providing protection against liquid and heavy use, and usually accents existing colour, the most common types are gloss lamination and matt lamination.