Accordian Fold A bindery term where two or more parallel folds open like an accordion. 
Acid Free A paper that has no acidity and no residual acid producing chemicals. Papers manufactured to a pH of higher than 7.0 (neutral).
Adhesive Bound Book binding technique that uses glue or hot melt glue to hold each page or signature together and into the cover of the book.
AF & PA American Forest & Paper Association. An organization that coordinates the many different needs of the broad- based paper and paperboard industry.
Against The Grain Folding or feeding paper at right angles to the grain direction of the paper.
Antique Finish A very rough uncoated paper finish, obtained on the paper machine with little wet pressing or machine calendering; can also serve as a prefix to other finishes, implying a rougher than usual finish, such as antique or vellum.
Archival Paper A paper that has long-standing qualities - acid free, lignin free, usually with good color retention. Archival papers must meet national standards for performance. The expected life of archival paper is more than 100 years.
Backing Up Printing the reverse side of a sheet already printed on one side.
Bagasse Crushed sugar cane or fiber used in papermaking. An alternative fiber to trees.
Basis Weight The weight in pounds of a ream of paper, typically consisting of 500 sheets cut to its basic size.
Beater Large, longitudinally partitioned vat used to mix and mechanically work pulp with other ingredients to make paper.
Bill Of Lading Transportation term referring to the contract between a supplier and carrier, listing number of packages, total weight, and address of destination.
Bindery A department in a book manufacturing or printing plant that takes the paper after printing, folds it, collates the signatures and binds them.
Blade Coating The coating method that uses a knife blade to apply a smooth and level, but non-uniform thickness, of coating to the surface of a sheet of paper.
Blanket A fabric coated with rubber or other synthetic material which is clamped around the blanket cylinder and which transfers the ink from the press plate to the paper.
Bleed An extra amount of the printing image that extends beyond the trim edge of the sheet or page.
Blotter Paper Is a very absorbent and bulky, wood-free paper that is sometimes made from a pulp of cotton or wool fibers.
Bond Paper Originally referred to paper used for printing BONDS and other certificates, but now a generic term applied to business papers; also called writing; generally are less opaque than an equivalent weight book paper. Bond paper normally used in any office for copier, laser printer, and general typing or writing.
Book Papers Also called text or offset. Book Papers are made from all types of virgin, reclaimed and recycled pulps in a variety of basis weights and variety of finishes. Book papers are generally more opaque than an equivalent weight bond paper.
Brightness The brilliance or reflectance of paper.
Bristols Is a heavyweight paper that possesses higher-than-average quality characteristics.
Broke Paper trimmings or paper damaged from breaks on the paper machine.
Broken Carton A carton of paper that has been opened and some of its contents removed.
Bulk Thickness of paper stock in thousandths of an inch or number of pages per inch.
C1S Coated one side.
C2S Coated two sides.
Calender A stack of smooth steel rolls resting on top of the other at the end of a paper machine. The paper web is threaded between one or more of the "nips" under pressure to control the desired smoothness and thickness of the final sheet.
Caliper The thickness of paper expressed in thousandths of an inch.
Camera-Ready Copy As the name implies, this is copy to be printed that is ready to be used without further alteration.
Carbonless Paper Copying paper that is coated so that it can be used without carbon coating or interleaved carbon paper. Paper used in multi-ply or multiple copy forms.
Carton A general term used to indicate a folding paper box container of paper.
Case Bound Book A book with a hard, stiff cover made of chipboard and covered with paper, cloth vinyl or leather material.
Cast-Coated Paper High-gloss coated paper and paperboard with surface characteristics produced by allowing applied coating to harden while in contact with surface of steam-heated, high-polished, chrome-plated drum.
CB Paper Coated Back; the coated donor sheet of mated carbonless paper, used in multiple part forms; the CB coating contains colorless dyes, microencapsulated with a suitable solvent, for controlled release and development of color on the CF receiver sheet; will have the CB coating on the back of all but the last ply of the form.
Cellulose Fibers The primary ingredient or raw material in making paper derived mainly from wood, but can be obtained from cotton, sugar cane, or other plant sources.
CF Paper Coated Front; the coated receiver sheet of mated carbonless paper, used in multiple part forms; contains a color developer in the CF coating; will have the CF coating on the 2nd through the last plies of the form.
CFB Paper Coated Front and Back; the intermediate or middle plies of mated carbonless paper, used in multiple part forms. CFB paper has both CF and CB coatings; see CF and CB paper. Also see carbonless paper.
Chipboard Paperboard made primarily from waste paper.
Coated Paper Paper that has been coated with a material to provide printing ink holdout and smoothness. It is manufactured in a variety of finishes.
Cockle A surface with a rippling effect, intentionally obtained by air drying under minimum tension; simulates hand made, air dried paper; as a cockle finish, is a desirable effect.
Collating The gathering of printed, signatures in correct order prior to binding.
Color Bars Printed bars of ink colors used to monitor a print image. These bars show the amount of ink to be applied by the press, the registration, and the densities across the press sheet.
Color Separation The process of separating full color originals into the primary printing colors; see "three-color and four-color process"; can be accomplished either photographically or electronically.
Commodity Offsets Papers having lower brightness and opacity than premium grades and priced accordingly. These papers are commonly made in large volume.
Common Carrier Transportation term also known as LTL (Less Than Truckload) carrier used for shipping small items.
Competitive Grades Similar grades of papers produced by mills for the same purpose.
Conditioning Allowing paper to sit long enough for it to adjust to the surrounding atmosphere until its moisture content is equal to atmospheric moisture content. This process provides for optimum performance on the press.
Converted Paper Paper changed from its original state into a new product such as envelopes, gummed tape, labels, etc.
Copier/Laser Paper Lightweight grades of good quality and dimensionally stable papers used in photocopying.
Core A tube, usually metal, wood, fiberboard, or metal-tipped, on which paper is wound.
Cotton Fiber Domestic paper made with 25 to 100% cotton fibers are classified as cotton papers. One of the finest materials used for paper, cotton is durable and is often selected for certificates and historical documents.
Cover Paper and Cardstock Heavyweight paper used for cover and cards.
Cromalin The trade name for DuPont color proofs.
Crop To cut off parts of a picture or image.
Crop Marks The printed lines showing where to trim a printed sheet.
Crossover Printing across the gutter or from one page to the facing page of a publication.
Cutscore In die-cutting, a sharp-edged knife usually several thousandths of an inch lower than the cutting rules in a die, made to cut part way into the paper or board for folding purposes.
Carload A truckload of paper weighing 40,000 lbs.
Cut-Size Paper Refers to any lift of paper, which is 17" x 22", or less in dimensions. Generally, specific to business papers which are generally 8 1/2" x 11", 8 1/2" x 14" (legal size), 11" x 17" or A4A size.
Cwt Hundred weight - a unit of measurement to denote 100 lbs. for pricing or weight purposes.
Dandy Roll A hollow wire-covered roll that rides on the paper machine wire and compacts the wet, newly formed web to improve its formation and, if required, to impart a watermark or laid finish to paper. A desired effect you can see if light is viewed through the sheet.
Deckle A term sometimes used to refer to the wet end width of a paper machine. In papermaking, the width of the wet sheet as it comes off the wire.
Deckle Edge The feathery edge that is the result of the natural run-off of wet pulp when making handmade and mould made paper, or the result of sheets being torn when wet. The edge is simulated in machine made papers by cutting them with a stream of water when still wet.
Die A design, letters, or pattern cut in metal for stamping, embossing or for die cut.
Die Cut The method of cutting paper into irregular shapes by metallic dies to specified dimensions.
Digester The large pressure vessel that wood is cooked to extract the cellulose fibers.

Digital On-Demand Or Print On-Demand

Refers to the ability to print very small quantities (50-500 copies), quickly and cost-effectively.
Dimensional Stability Paper's ability to maintain size and resistance to dimensional change when exposed to various ambient conditions.
Direct Printing Any printing where the ink is transferred directly from the plate to the paper; most lithographic printing is "offset," i.e., a blanket is utilized to transfer the ink from the plate to the paper.
Dot Gain The gain in size of the printed dot, as a result of the ink, paper, printing pressure, prepress operation, or any combination of these. Since the dots printed are larger than planned, this can be a defect evidenced by darker tones and/or different hues.
Double Coated A sheet that has been coated twice on the same side. Sometimes incorrectly confused with a sheet coated on both sides.
DPI - (dots per inch) In printing the number of dots that fit horizontally and vertically into a one-inch measure. Generally, the more dots per inch, the more detail is captured, and the sharper the image.
Drawdown The application of a thin film of ink to a piece of paper. It is used as a test for coating or ink for color.
Drilling Using a hollow point drill to pierce a stack of paper in a precise manner. Loose-leaf notebook paper is an example of drilled paper.
Dry Back The term applied when the density and/or gloss of the wet, freshly printed ink film decreases after drying to a greater extent than was anticipated. It is generally related to an overly absorbent paper surface or a poor ink-paper choice.
Dry End That part of the paper machine where the paper is dried; the last sections of the machine.
DT Cover "Double-thick" describes a sheet of paper made by bonding two thicknesses of paper together resulting in an extra-stiff sheet.
Dull Coated A finish with a low gloss. With respect to coated box paper, a finish with a glare test less than 55 percent.
Dummy A preliminary mock-up to show the style, form, size or shape of a printing job.
Duotone A halftone illustration printed in two colors from a single color original to increase contrast or image.
Duplex Using two different stocks or it may also be obtained by pasting (laminating) together two papers or boards of different texture. It is the general term that refers to multi-ply paper made of two sheets of paper.
ECF Elemental Chlorine Free Pulp bleached without the use of elemental chlorine. Generally this is virgin fiber bleached with chlorine dioxide.
Eggshell Finish Usually refers to book grades of paper that have a finish similar to the surface of an egg. A special felt is used to mark the surface before the paper is dried.
Embossed Finish A finish imparted to paper through an embossing machine. After the paper passes through the embosser, it receives a finish on both sides.
Embossing An impression of an image in relief to achieve a raised surface; either over printing or on a blank paper (called blind embossing).
Enamel A general term for clay coating on papers. Originally designated a coated paper with a high gloss finished surface. Has come to signify any coated paper surface, regardless of gloss.
Engraving Printing by the intaglio process. Ink is applied to the paper under extreme pressure resulting in a printed surface being raised. Used for fine letterheads, wedding invitations, etc.
Equivalent Weight The basis weight of paper expressed in terms of a different basic size.
EPS -Encapsulated PostScript In digital prepress, a file format used to transfer graphic images within compatible applications. A file containing structured PostScript code, comments and a screen display image.
EPA An abbreviation for the "Environmental Protection Agency".
Fan-A-Part Adhesive/Glue Padding compound specifically designed for mated carbonless paper.
Feel Term expressing an individual's impression of a paper's finish and stiffness or suppleness.
Felt Finish A finish applied to the paper at the wet end of the paper machine by using felts of a distinctive weave.
Felt Side Top side of the paper, opposite from the wire side or underneath. The "right side of the paper".
Fiber The small strands of wood, cotton or other cellulose product that is used to make the paper.
Fine Papers High-quality printing/writing and cover papers with excellent surface characteristics for fine printing.
Finish The physical look and feel of the paper's surface. These include smooth, felt, laid, linen and others.
Finishing Paper processes that occur after the completion of papermaking operations, including super calendering, slitting, rewinding, sheeting, trimming, sorting, etc., prior to shipment from the facility.
Flexographic Printing Printing from a relief image with a rubber or plastic plate. A form of letterpress printing, using synthetic or rubber relief plates, special inks, presses, and procedures.
Fluorescent Inks Extremely brilliant inks containing fluorescent pigments.
Fluorescent Paper Paper that has been manufactured with the addition of fluorescent dyes that give the brilliance that appears brighter when viewed in natural daylight.
Foldout A page that exceeds the dimensions of a single page. It is folded to page size and included in the book, sometimes bound in and sometimes tipped in (pasted).
Formation Refers to the uniformity or lack of it in the distribution of the fibers when manufacturing paper; can be observed by looking through the sheet; a good formation is uniform or "Close", while a poor formation is not.
Fountain The unit on a press that contains ink to be fed to the distributing system, and the part that feeds the fountain solution to the dampening system.
Four-Color Process The four basic colors of ink (yellow, magenta, cyan, and black), which reproduce full-color photographs or art.
Fourdrinier The term for the section of the paper machine that is a continuous "wire" or belt screen, through which the first removal of water occurs. The point of formation.
Free Sheet A paper that does not contain groundwood or mechanical pulp.
FPO For Position Only In digital imaging, typically a low-resolution image positioned in a document to be replaced later with a higher resolution version of the same image.
FSC - Forest Stewardship Council An independent, international, environmentally and socially oriented forest certification organization. It trains, accredits and monitors third-party certifiers around the world and works to establish international forest management standards.
Furnish The mixture of fiber and other materials that is blended in the water suspension, or slurry, from which paper or board is made; usually about 1% solid material with 99% or the balance being water.
GCR Gray Component Replacement
Ghosting Ghosted images are unwanted images (often faint) that appear in the printed piece.
Gloss The attribute of paper that causes it to be shiny and lustrous. The "shininess" ("glare") reflected from a surface.
Grade The classification given to paper due to its unique characteristics, which includes brightness, opacity, cotton content, etc…
Grain Directional alignment of fibers in a sheet of paper.
Grain Long Term used to designate that the grain of the paper is parallel to the longest measurement of a sheet of paper. The fibers are aligned parallel to the length of the sheet.
Grain Short Opposite of grain long. The grain of the paper runs at the right angles to the longest dimension of the sheet. Fiber alignment in grain short paper parallels the sheet's shortest dimension.
Grams Per Square Meter The basis weight of paper stated in metric terms of grams per square meter and expressed as g/m2.
Gripper A row of clips that holds a sheet of paper as it speeds through the press.
Gripper Margin Unprintable back edge of a sheet of paper on which grippers bear, usually ½ inch or less.
Guilding The application of a gold or silver metallic material to one or all three sides of a trimmed book.
Gummed Paper All papers that include an adhesive on one side of the sheet. Could be a remoistening, thermo-adhesive or pressure sensitive.
Gutter The blank space or inner margin on a press sheet from printing area to binding.
Hairline Register Register within ± ½ row of dots.
Hardbound Another term for casebound.
Headbox On a paper machine, the box that dispenses the appropriate amount of furnish (pulp) into the papermaking process.
Head To Head An imposition that requires that pages be laid out with the top of a page (head) positioned across the top of the page (head) opposite it on the form.
Head To Tail An imposition which requires that pages be laid out with the top of a page (head) positioned across from the bottom (tail) of the page opposite on the form.
Heat Set Ink Inks used in high-speed web offset. They set rapidly under heat and are quickly chilled.
Hickeys In offset, spots or imperfections in the printed image traceable to such things as dirt on the press, dried ink skin, paper particles, dust, etc…
Hit An impression from a stamping die.
Holdout A term referring to papers that retain much of the resinous ink components on the surface of the sheet rather than absorbing them into a fiber network. Papers with too much holdout cause problems with setoff.
Imitation Parchment Paper made with irregular distribution of fibers.
Impression Pressure of type on blanket as it comes in contact with paper.
Ink Absorption The degree with which paper will absorb ink.
Ink Fountain In printing presses, the device which stores and supplies ink to the inking rollers.
Ink Holdout An important printing paper quality - the ability to keep ink on top of the paper's surface. An inked image printed on paper with a high degree of ink holdout will dry by oxidation rather than absorption.
Ink Jet Printing In digital printing, a plateless printing system that produces images directly on paper from digital data using streams of very fine drops of dyes which are controlled by digital signals to produce images on paper.
Interleaves (slip sheets) Paper inserted between sheets as they come off the printing press to prevent transfer of wet ink from one to the other. Also, accessory sheets between parts in a form.
Jog To align sheets of paper into a compact pile.
Junior Carton A package of reamed sealed, cut size paper packed 8 to 10 reams per carton.
Justify To make a line (or lines) of text copy fit both margins exactly.
Kerning A method in composition of changing the spacing between type.
Key Plate In color printing, the plate used as a guide for the register of other colors. It normally contains the most detail.
Keyline In artwork, an outline drawing of finished art to indicate the exact shape, position and size for such elements as halftones, line sketches, etc…
Kiss Impression Printing performed with only slight pressure. The normal procedure for quality printing.
Kiss-Cut Partial cut through.
Label Paper coated on one side, used for labeling applications.
Laid Term describes the finish imparted by a dandy roll which features wires parallel to its axis that impress the paper during manufacture to produce a permanent watermark.
Laminated Paper that is created by fusing one or more layers of paper together to the desired thickness. Often other substances like thin sheets of metal, plastic are fused to paper.
Letterpress Also known as relief typographic printing, letterpress printing employs the use of type or designs cast or engraved in relief (raised) on a variety of surfaces which can include metal, rubber, and wood. Opposite of intaglio printing, in letterpress printing the ink is applied to the raised printing surface. Non-printing areas or spaces are recessed. Impressions are made in various ways. On a platen press the impressions are made by pressure against a flat area of type or plate. Flat-bed cylinder press printing uses the pressure of a cylinder rolling across a flat area of type or plate to create the impression. A rotary web press uses a plate that has been stereotyped (molded into a curved form) which presses against another cylinder carrying the paper.
Lift Maximum number of sheets handled by operator of guillotine cutting machine or by paper handler loading paper for printing.
Lightfastness The degree to which a paper or printed piece will resist a change in color when exposed to light.
Lignin The "glue" that binds the cells of the tree and creates its structure. Approximately one third of the tree is lignin.
Likesidedness Noticeably similar side-to-side color and finish of a sheet of paper.
Linen Finish A paper embossed to have a surface resembling linen cloth.
Lithography A generic term for any printing process in which the image area and the nonimage area exist on the same plane (plate) and are separated by chemical repulsion.
Localized Watermark Achieved by arranging the design on the dandy roll to leave a watermark at a predetermined place on the sheet.
Long Grain Paper made with the machine direction in the longest sheet dimension.
Loose Register Color that fits "loosely"; positioning (register) is not critical.
M Symbol in the paper industry designating 1,000. Usually used to designate 1,000 sheets or two reams of fine paper.
Weight of 1,000 sheets of paper at a given size and basis weight. Is defined as the weight in pounds of 1000 sheets of paper of a given basis weight and size (dimensions); M is the Roman numeral for 1000.
Makeready In printing presses, all work done prior to running.
Making Order A paper that is not available off the supplier's shelf, but they will produce it when ordered. Making orders for special sizes, colors and weights of paper are subject to small minimums.
Matte Finish A coated paper with a low level of gloss compared to enamel or gloss finishes.
Merchant A company designated by a paper mill to represent and distribute their products and services to printers and publishers.
Micrometer A device for accurately measuring the thickness (caliper) of paper.
Mottle Finish which exhibits high and low spots or glossy and dull areas on the printed sheet.
Neutral PH Offset papers manufactured with a pH of 6.0 to 8.0 on a scale of .0 to 14.0. Neutral pH factors are built into paper as a minimum value, to increase stability and improve permanence for use in printing of archival records.
Offset Lithography The most common form of lithographic printing. To print, the ink is "offset" (transferred) from the plate onto a rubber blanket and then to the paper.
Offset Paper Coated or uncoated paper specifically for offset printing.
Onionskin A thin, lightweight paper used primarily for typewritten correspondence.
Opacity The amount of "show through" in a sheet from one side to the other. The higher the opacity the less likely that the printing on one side will be visible from the other side.
Opaque Ink An ink that conceals all color beneath it.
Opaques Papers that have been opacified to achieve a high level of opacity and a minimum amount of show-through.
Out-Of-Square Sheet paper which is cut or trimmed with other than 90 degree corners, or that is cut non-parallel or not at right angles to the grain of the paper (cut on the bias).
Overrun A quantity of paper made in excess of the amount ordered.
Padding Compound A flexible glue used in padding loose sheets.
Page Proofs Initial impression of a page pulled for checking purposes before the entire job is run.
Pages Per Inch In book production, the number of pages contained in a one-inch stack of paper.
Pallet A wooden platform with stringers wide enough to allow a fork lift to drive into it and lift; used to pack cartons for shipment, if specified by the customer. Pallets are usually not reusable.
Parallel Fold Any series of folds in sequence, made in parallel fashion.
Pasted Pasted grades are those grades of paper or paperboard made up of layers pasted together. The process is a machine operation used to combine sheets of the same or different papers into a single thickness.
PCF - Process Chlorine Free This is generally a recycling, decolorizing and bleaching process done without the use of chlorine or chlorine compounds. The usual chemicals are peroxide, ozone and oxygen.
PMS Pantone Matching System.
Post Consumer Waste Paper products that have served their intended end uses and have now been separated or diverted from solid waste for the purpose of recycling.
Preconsumer Waste Manufacturing wastes such as envelope cuttings, bindery trimmings, rejected unused paper, obsolete inventories, and printed paper which have never reached the consumer.
Print On-Demand Refers to the ability to print very small quantities (50-500 copies), quickly and cost-effectively.
Process Color A four color reproduction. In four color printing, the process colors are yellow, magenta, cyan and black.
Proofs Samples of copy and/or layout made at various stages of production of a printing job.
Pulp Fibrous material in papermaking produced either mechanically or chemically from fibrous cellulose raw material (wood most common).
Rag Paper Today it is usually referred to as cotton fiber paper. It is made from cotton cuttings and linters.
Ream Paper that has been separated into reams and individually packaged or wrapped. One ream is 500 sheets of paper.
Recyclable This means the product can be recycled. This applies to most paper even if it is coated, waxed or otherwise treated.
Recycled Paper made at least in part from recovered fibers. There is no universally acceptable definition so requirements vary by specific circumstances. EPA requires post-consumer content in recycled papers purchased by federal agencies. But the FTC does not require post-consumer content in papers labeled recycled. Most U.S. governments and companies use the EPA standards, but there is no requirement. In Canada most companies use the terra-choice definition for recycle that does require minimum levels of post-consumer fiber.
Register Mark Mark placed on a form to assist in proper positioning of after-printing operations. Two short lines at right angles are called an angle mark. Also, bulls-eye marks placed on camera-ready copy to assist in registration of subsequent operations.
Registration Alignment of one element of a form in relation to another. Also, alignment of printed images upon the same sheet of paper.
Right Side The felt side of a sheet, also the side on which the watermark, if any, may be read.
Runnability Paper's performance on a press and its ability to withstand the stresses of a running press unaltered. Not the same as printability.
Saddle Stitch Binding process for pamphlets or booklets which works by stapling through the middle fold of the sheets.
Scanner Optical scanner, also electric device used in making color separation.
Scanning Point-by-Point electronic scanning of color separations under computer control.
Score The process and the resulting crease mechanically impressed in the paper to facilitate folding while guarding against cracking of paper and board. Scoring is essential when heavyweight papers are to be folded across the grain.
Screen The ruling used to determine the dots per unit area in developing tonal values in the printed piece. Screens from which letterpress halftones of photographs are made range from 60 lines-per-inch for printing on newsprint to 150 lines for printing on coated paper. Offset halftones for printing on most surfaces range from 133 lines to 200 lines.
Screen Printing Printing process uses a screen of fine-mesh silk stretched across a frame. A squeegee is drawn across the screen forcing ink through the open image areas.
Sewn Book A popular style of bookbinding in which the signatures are gathered in sequence and then sewn individually in 8s, 16s, or 32s. The sewing threads are visible at the center of each signature.
Sheet Term which may be applied to a single sheet, a grade of paper, or a description of paper, i.e. coated, uncoated, offset, etc.
Sheet Fed Any printing press requiring paper in a sheet form as opposed to printing in rolls.
Short Grain Occurs when the predominant fiber orientation is parallel to the shortest sheet dimension.
Show Through In printing, the undesirable condition in which the printing on the reverse side of a sheet can be seen through the sheet under normal lighting conditions.
Side Stitch A method of binding in which the folded signatures or cut sheets are stitched with wire along and through the side, close to the gutter margin. Pages cannot be fully opened to a flat position; also called side wire.
Signature Section of book obtained by folding a single sheet of printed paper in 8, 12, 16 or 32 pages.
Silkscreening Another name for screen process printing.
Size or Sizing Additive substances applied to the paper either internally through the beater or as a coating that improves printing qualities and resistance to liquids. Commonly used sizes are starch and latex.
Skid A reusable platform support made of wood, on which sheets of paper are delivered, and on which printed sheets or folded sections are stacked. Also used to ship materials, usually in cartons that have been strapped to the skid. Or a quantity of paper, usually about 3000 lbs., skid-packed.
Slip Sheeting Placing pieces of paper between folded sections prior to trimming four sides, to separate completed books.
Slurry Watery suspension of pigments, etc., which is used in coating or papermaking.
Smashed Blanket An area of a blanket that is no longer firm and resilient, and that gives a light impression in the center of a well-printed area. Usually caused by physical damage of the blanket at impression.
Smooth Finish A finish on paper that has been made smooth by passing through various rollers.
Smythe Sewn A method of fastening side-by-side signatures so that each is linked with thread to its neighbor, as well as saddle sewn through its own centerfold. Smythe-sewn books open flat. The stitching is on the back of the fold.
Spec'd (specified) Spec'd instructions gives details of items such as paper, bindery techniques, type, etc., which have been determined for a given job.
Specifier The designer or printing production worker who determines the types of paper to be used under various circumstances.
Spectrophotometer Sophisticated instrument that measures color across a visible spectrum and produces data describing the color of a given sample in terms of the three parameters in color space.
Spine Backbone of a book.
Spiral Binding Wires in a spiral form inserted through specially punched holes along the binding edge.
Split Fountain A technique for simultaneously printing two colors from the same ink fountain.
Spot Varnish Press varnish applied to a portion of the sheet, as opposed to an overall application of the varnish.
Stiffness Property of paper to resist bending.
Stitched Book A popular method of sewing the signatures of a book together by stitching all the sheets at one time, either through the center of the inserted sheets or side-stitched from front to back.
Stochastic A digital screening process that converts images into very small dots (14-40 microns) of equal size and variable spacing. Also called Frequency Modulated (FM) screening.
Stock Sizes Standard sizes of paper or board.
Stock Weights Weights of papers stocked by mills and merchants.
Stocking Items Papers manufactured in popular sizes, weights, colors, etc. on a regular basis to maintain adequately stocked inventories in mill warehouses.
Stocking Merchant Paper distributor that stocks in his warehouse enough paper to immediately fill anticipated orders in the market. This eliminates the delay of ordering from the paper mill, taking delivery, and delivering to the customer.
Stretch Describes the "give" of a sheet of paper when it is subjected to tensile pressure.
Strike Through Penetration of printing ink through a sheet of paper.
Super Calendering Alternating rolls of highly polished steel and compressed cotton in a stack. During the process the paper is subjected to the heated steel rolls and "ironed".
Swatchbook A sample book. A grouping of papers, usually in bound form, that displays the weights, colors, finishes and other particulars of a collection of papers to aid in the selection of grades.
TIFF Tagged Image File Format A file format for graphics suited for representing scanned images and other large bitmaps. TIFF is a neutral format designed for compatibility with all applications. TIFF was created specifically for storing grayscale images, and it is the standard format for scanned images such as photographs-now called TIFF/IT.
TCF - Totally Chlorine Free Includes both virgin and post-consumer fibers that are bleached without any chlorine containing compounds.
Text Paper A general term applied to various grades of printing paper designed for deluxe printed booklets, programs, announcements and advertising. May be watermarked.
Thermography Letterpress printing that uses a special ink that while still wet is dusted with a resin powder. Then the sheets are baked which fuses the powder with the ink and gives the printing a raised effect.
Thickness Measurement in thousandths of an inch.
Tolerance Permissible degree of variation from a pre-set standard.
Tooth Characteristic of paper. A slightly rough paper which permits acceptance of ink readily.
Translucent Papers Papers that will allow information to be seen through them but not totally clear like acetate; Photographic positive mounted in a clear or transparent image.
Transparent Ink Printing ink that does not conceal the color beneath. Process inks are transparent so that they will blend to form other colors.
Trapping The ability to print a wet ink film over previously printed ink. Dry trapping is printing wet ink on dry paper or over dry ink. Wet trapping is printing wet ink over previously printed wet ink.
Trim Excess of the paper allowed a printed sheet for gripper and bleed.
Trim Marks In printing, marks placed on the copy to indicate the edge of the page where to cut or trim.
Trim Size The final size of a printed piece after trimming.
Tumble Head to foot printing.
Two Sidedness In paper, the property denoting difference in appearance and printability between its top (felt) and bottom (wire) sides.
Two Up Printing the same page or group of pages from two sets of plates, thereby producing two impressions of a piece at one time.
Type Face A design of letters of the alphabet intended to be used in combination with each other.
Uncoated Paper that has not been coated. Nevertheless a given coated sheet can be made in a variety of finishes.
Under Run Term refers to an order produced or delivered that is less than the quantity specified by the customer. Allowances are permitted in trade practices for under-runs.
Up A term used to describe how many similar sheets can be produced from a larger sheet: two up, four up, etc.
UV Ultra Violet radiation method of drying process color inks on high-speed multicolor offset presses.
UV Coating A slick, glossy coating applied to the printed paper surface and dried on press with ultraviolet (UV) light.
UV Inks In printing, solventless inks that are cured by UV radiation. They are used extensively in screen-printing, narrow web letterpress and flexographic printing.
Varnish Thin, protective coating applied to a printed sheet of paper for protection or improved appearance.
Vellum Finish A full, toothy, relatively rough finish paper surface of uncoated text and cover papers. Vellum is also used to designate translucent papers
Velox A black and white print for proofing or for display.
Vignette Halftone whose background gradually fades away to blend with the surface of the paper.
Virgin Pulp Paper made from the fibers in their first use, usually from wood pulp.
Waterless Offset Printing Refers to lithographic printing, where no fountain solution is used.
Watermark The translucent design or name easily visible when a sheet is held to the light.
Water Resistant Quality of a sheet of paper to resist penetration by water from one surface to the other.
Web Offset A lithographic printing press in which the paper is fed from a roll as a web (continuous ribbon), as opposed to sheets.
Web Press The name of a type of press that prints from rolls of paper.
Wet End The beginning of the paper machine, comprising the head box, wire, and wet presses; the first sections of the paper machine where the paper web is formed from water and the solid furnish components.
Wet Strength Paper Paper where the fiber constitutes and/or the sheets are chemically treated to enhance their resistance to tearing, rupturing or disintegration after becoming saturated with liquids.
Whiteness Whiteness of pulp and paper is generally indicated by its brightness.
Wire The continuous open mesh material (earlier, a bronze or copper woven wire screen) used on the paper machine to initiate the water removal process.
Wire Side The side of a sheet next to the wire in manufacturing. It is the side opposite from the felt or top side; usually not as smooth as the felt or top side. The bottom side of the web of paper, as it is produced on the paper machine; historically has been the rougher of the two sides.
Work And Roll See work and tumble.
Work And Tumble Printing one side of a sheet and turning it over from the gripper to the tail to print the second side using the same side guide and plate for the second side.
Work And Turn Printing one side of a sheet and turning it over from left to right using the same side guides and plate for the second side.
Wove Finish Uncoated paper that has an even finish with a slight toothiness.
Writing Paper A general term applied to papers used for writing purposes.
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Zig Zag Fold Folding used with continuous forms with alternating position (head and foot).