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A V-fold has one fold which creates two panels.
Also known as Variable Information. Dynamic data that is captured on a computer which changes and is specific for each person or situation. When used in publishing, variable data is most often placed in designated cells to be combined with a pre-designed or static digital format. It is then output as a digital or paper document which is personalized with information specific to the individual but surrounded by content that remains the same on all documents.
As an example, variable data is used to populate insurance policies and 401K accounts for employees. The documents contain a base format of content about the organization or provider of the program and dynamic content or data pertaining to employee”s benefits and program selections. Digital presses linked to computer systems can receive variable data specific to each person. The variable data is combined with the static data or base format of the document. The format remains the same for each document while the variable data changes as it is delivered from the computer and sent into the press print engines
A transparent solution mixed with ink or printed over ink to produce a glossy surface finish.
A type of finish used on book paper that gives the paper a smooth creamy finish.
A distinctive design incorporated into paper during manufacture which is visible when viewed under a light or a contrasting background
A mechanical binding which uses a series of double wire loops formed from a single continuous wire running along its length.
Work and Tumble
To print one side of a sheet and turn it from front to back to print the second side, keeping the same alignment of the side edges on the press.
Work and Turn
When both sides of a sheets is set on one plate. After one side of the sheet has been printed it is turned over end for end and backed up from the same plate.
Work and Twist
To print the same plate twice on the same side of a sheet turning the sheet through 360 degrees between print runs.