quickprint information


quickprint information


Artwork (print ready) :

A design layout prepared for immediate print, generally a PDF file

Artwork (required) :

Instruction received from a customer to translate their visual into a print ready file

Bitmap/Raster :

An image made up of dots/pixels – cannot be enlarged without loss of quality

Black :

Solid 100% black printing, usually for text and line drawings

Bleed :

Extension of the background beyond the edge of the document (3mm) to prevent unwanted white edges

Bind :

The process of binding sheets together, usually plastic comb, wire or perfect bound

Bond :

High quality absorbent writing paper, usually smooth and matt

Booked :

Stapled sheets with a card front and hard back, with a choice of coloured spine tape

Canvas :

350gsm cotton canvas printed using a high quality inkjet printer – can be wrapped around a pine frame


The colours printers use to create full colour, C cyan (light blue), M magenta (pink), Y yellow and K black

Collated :

Sorted in correct order

Comb Bind :

Punching a document and binding with a plastic comb

Design :

Let our talented designers give you an identity from conception-2-collection

Digital :

Electronic file formats

Digital Printing :

The process used to print files, perfect for short run

Dpi/Resolution :

Dots per inch, the larger the number of dots in a square inch, the better the quality, aim for 300dpi

Drill :

Punching/drilling holes into documents

Duotone/Monotone :

An image made up of 2 or 1 spot colours – created technically

Encapsulating :

Both sides film coated with heat sealed edge

Fan Apart :

Glues individual ‘no carbon required’ sheets into sets

Fold :

The folding of documents in various formats, ie. z fold, gate fold, u fold, in half, fold in 3, etc.

Fonts/Typefaces :

The style of type used, ie. serif (with little ticks as times new roman) or sans-serif (no tick – arial)

Full Colour :

Printing using cyan, magenta, yellow and black (CMYK)

Gather :

Collating folded sets of booklet, etc.

Gloss :

High quality coated sheet, very smooth and shiny, inks sit beautifully on its surface

Glueing :

Attaching an insert into a cover

Greyscale :

Utilising a single ink to create tonal values for photos and similar

Gutters :

Gutters are used to separate items and allows for trimming, usually 3mm per item = 6mm gutters

Hard Copy :

Artwork on paper, from which a direct copy can be made or scanned

Images/Pictures :

A photo, logo or illustration used in design

Laminating :

One or both sides film coated, but not sealed

Large Format :

Digital printing of any size over A3

Litho :

The high quality printing process which applys ink to paper, ideal for long run and colour perfection


Lines per inch, a measurement of printing resolution in systems that use a halftone screen

Margins :

Area from the sheet edge to the start of important information. Allowance of a clear area

Microns :

How paper thickness is measured (not weight as in gsm/grammes)

Mounted :

Attaching a printed sheet to board, eg. forrex, correx or foamex (presentation board)


‘No carbon required’ paper – for duplicated forms and similar

Numbering :

The process of adding sequential numbers to your documents

Overprinting :

Where a preprinted sheet has additional printed information added

Padded :

Groups of 50 or 100 sheets are glued with a single card back

Pantone Colour :

A single universally matched colour, alternatively we can colour match to your specification

Paper Weight :

GSM : grams per square metre – this does not relate to the paper thickness

Perfect Bind :

The process of heat-sealing inner sheets with a wrap around cover to form a book

Perforated :

A process for simple tear off sections

Plans :

The duplication of plans, digitally or from hard copy of digital files

Plots :

The process used to print large format cad and architectural drawings

PP :

Is used to describe the number of pages or number of printed sides


Pixels per inch, the larger the number of pixels in a square inch, the better the quality

Pre-Press :

The process of creating litho printing plates and imposition of pages

Print Ready Artwork :

Files which are ready for immediate printing – using one of the above file formats

Process Colour :

Uses CMYK inks

Proof :

Is a colour representation used to check spelling, punctuation, typeface and layout

QuickPrint :

The hint is in the name

Ream :

A pre-wrapped quantity of paper or card, usually 500 or 250 sheets


The colour screens are viewed in, R red, G green and B blue – colours may change when converted to CMYK

Satin :

High quality satin coated sheet, very smooth with a slight sheen, inks sit beautifully on its surface

Scanning :

A digital image scanned off a hard copy document or photo, saved as a tiff, jpeg or PDF

Score :

A depression in the paper or card enabling correct and neat folding

Spot Colour :

Printing utilising single or multiple pantone reference spot colour inks

Stitch :

Where the document is stitched together with staples

Stock/Media :

The paper stock used to print your files on, varying weights, textures and colours

Thermal Bind :

The process of heat sealing sheets to form a book using coloured spines

Vector :

An illustration using lines, especially good for logos, easily scaled without loss of quality

Wire Bind :

Punching a document and binding with a wire spine