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A printing process that works along with another printing process by the use of a resin powder, the printed ink, and heat. The powder is applied to the ink while it is still wet and then is sent through a heating process. The powder only sticks to the printed area. When it goes through the heat process, the powder swells and creates a raised image in the printed area.
By first printing on a transfer sheet through laser printer or other printing method and then heat pressing the transfer sheet on to fabric.
The effect of the mixture of white to a solid colour or the effect achieved by breaking up colour into a percentage using dots, which allow white paper to show through.
The powder or liquid that forms the image in electrostatic printing. The toner sticks to the charged areas and is then transferred to the paper and fused by the use of heat. Toner is used in photocopiers, laser printers and some proofing systems.
The overlapping of adjoining colors or ink to help prevent the possibility of a fine white area showing.
A fold where a three panel piece has both side sections folded inward, one on top of the other Each section is approximately 1/3 the length of the piece. Also known as a C-fold or letter-fold.
Marks incorporated on a printed sheet, which indicate where the paper is to be cut or trimmed.
Three halftone images, produced at different screen angles, which were made from the same image and then printed over each other in three different colors.
The accumulated time between receipt of an order and delivery of the finished product.
The process of converting text into type used for printing in traditional print.
1. The art and process of setting or designing type.
2. The style and designing of how the type should be arranged on a printed piece. back to top
Paper that has been manufactured without the use of coating materials.
1. A term that most typesetting systems refer to as the smallest increments in size and width of
characters that is possible.
2. A complete station on a press that consists of an inking system, plate
100% solid ink, solvent free, cured by ultra violet lights
A machine printed varnish, hardened by ultra-violet light. back to top