Category: Printing Lingo

Book Printing Lingo: “Self Cover” vs “Plus Cover”

  In the printing industry, the term “Self Cover” is used to specify a book or booklet that uses the exact same paper for its cover as it does for the interior pages. Conversely, the term “Plus Cover” is used…

Printing Lingo: What is an Accordion Fold?

An Accordion Fold refers to a document folding method that uses a series of alternating folds to create multiple panels of a similar size. The parallel pleats formed by the alternating folds resemble the expandable mid-section of an Accordion musical instrument,…

Promotional Printing Lingo: What is a Buck Slip?

In the world of promotional printing, a Buck Slip refers to a small printed piece that contains a specific sales offer or marketing message. Sometimes called a buck insert or buck sheet, most buck slips are single, unfolded sheets that…

Printing Lingo: What Does “Radius” Mean when Referring to Rounded Corners?

“Rounded Corners” is a finishing technique used to improve the aesthetics and/or functionality of certain printed pieces. For example, business cards and promotional brochures are often designed with rounded corners to achieve a unique look. Flash cards, pocket-sized booklets, and…

Printing Lingo: What is Spot UV?

UV Coating is a tough clear-coat applied over printed matter. It is applied in liquid form, then exposed to Ultra-Violet (UV) light which bonds and dries it instantly…hence its name “UV Coating.” Spot UV refers to the application of this…

Book Printing Lingo: What is Comb Binding?

Comb Binding, also known as Cerlox binding or Surelox binding, makes use of a cylindrical plastic shape that has multiple curved tines along its length. This rigid plastic shape forms the book’s spine and would resemble a hair comb if…

Book Printing Lingo: What is a Booklet?

Like many printing terms, the word “Booklet” can be somewhat ambiguous. Though formal definitions abound, they often conflict with each other on the specifics. However, one point everyone seems to agree upon is that a Booklet refers to a “little…

Direct Mail Lingo: What is a Self-Mailer?

As its name implies, a Self-Mailer refers to any piece of direct mail that does not require an envelope. In lieu of the envelope, a self-mailer is designed so that address information and postage can be printed (or affixed) directly…

Printing Lingo: What is YUPO® Synthetic Paper?

YUPO® is a popular brand of synthetic paper developed by the Yupo Corporation, the world’s leading manufacturer of synthetic paper products. Unlike traditional paper, YUPO is made from polypropylene resin instead of wood pulp. YUPO accepts ink very well and can…

Printing Lingo: What is a Tyvek® Envelope?

Tyvek® is a synthetic material developed by DuPont™. It is created in sheet form using high-density polyethylene fibers. These plastic fibers are bonded together using heat and pressure to form a smooth, printable surface. Tyvek is very light in weight…

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