Understanding print jargon
We've been in the print industry for more than 20 years – so there isn't much we don't know.

Hickey

Spots or imperfections in printed items due to dirt on press, dried ink, paper particles etc.

 

Imposition

Plans for the arrangement of the pages of a job so that they will follow in the correct sequence when folded.

Insert

Leaflet or other printed material inserted loose in a publication or mailing package.

 

JDF

Job Definition Format. This is a type of computer language, which automates workflows from desktop to final print production.

JPEG

Joint Photographic Experts Group. A type of compressed file format for image files.

 

Kiss Cut

A shaped cut out from two layered stock - mostly used for peel off stickers.

 

Laminating

A thin plastic film used on the covers of printed literature to give protection. This can be gloss or matt finish.

Lithographic (Litho) Printing

See offset litho.

 

Make-Ready

The set-up of printing equipment before running a job.

Matt Coating

A coating applied which is quick drying and protects literature from ink smudging and finger marking and gives a matt finish.

Matt Varnish

A varnish applied to printed literature to protect against smudging and finger marking and gives a matt finish.

Machine Fold

The process of mechanically folding printed paper.

Machine Varnish

A general varnish applied to printed literature to protect or seal against smudging or finger marking.

Micrometer

Instrument for measuring thickness of paper.