Category: Printing Lingo

Printing Lingo: What is a Flood Coat?

In the print industry, a Flood Coat refers to any coating that covers the entire surface of a paper sheet or other substrate. As the name implies, Flood Coating is a term associated with coatings applied in liquid form. Flood…

Printing Lingo: “Head-to-Head Printing” vs “Head-to-Foot Printing”

It is extremely common for books, brochures, and other print projects to be created from sheets of paper that have printing on both sides. Head-to-Head and Head-to-Foot are terms used to describe the relative orientation of the printing on the…

Book Printing Lingo: What is Imposition?

In offset printing, the pages of books are commonly printed on large sheets of paper, with multiple pages printed on each side of these sheets. Known as signatures, these large sheets will be folded down and trimmed after they are…

Printing Lingo: What is a Physical Mock-Up?

In the world of printing, a Physical Mock-Up refers to a representative sample that is created prior to production. Physical mock-ups are used to help evaluate the look, feel and function of an item before any actual printing takes place….

Book Printing Lingo: What is a Signature?

On certain book projects, the pages of the book are printed on large sheets of paper. Known as Signatures, these sheets have multiple pages printed on each side. Signatures are most often associated with long-run book orders printed on offset…

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…

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