Entering the world of print finishing can feel like stepping into a realm with its own language. To help you make sense of the terminology, whether you’re a newcomer or a seasoned pro, we’ve put together a Print Finishing Glossary. This resource will empower you to confidently navigate the realm of consumables and understand the essential terms.
Consumables are materials and supplies used in print finishing processes, including laminating film, binding coils, cutting blades, and adhesives.
- Laminating Film:
Transparent film used to protect and enhance printed materials. Available in glossy or matte finishes and various thicknesses.
- Binding Plastic Coils:
Spiral coils used to secure pages in documents such as reports and presentations.
- Wire Binding:
Wire binding is a document binding method that uses double-loop wire spines to securely hold pages together, allowing for easy page-turning and a professional finish.
- Cutting Blades:
Sharp, replaceable blades used in cutting machines to precisely trim paper and other materials.
Sticky substances employed to bond materials together during binding or laminating processes.
The process of forming a fold line on paper or cardstock to facilitate accurate folding.
Similar to creasing, scoring creates a fold line to guide folding and prevent cracking.
A series of small holes or cuts in a straight line, allowing for easy detachment of a portion of a page.
- CPI (Cost-Per-Impression):
A metric used to assess the cost-effectiveness of printed materials by considering how often they are viewed by an audience.
- Die Cutting:
A process utilizing a custom-made die to cut paper or other materials into specific shapes.
- Stitching Wire:
Thin wire used in booklet binding to attach pages through saddle stitching.
- Saddle Stitching:
A binding method where pages are folded in half and stapled along the fold.
- Drill Bits:
Tools used in drilling machines to create holes in paper or other materials.
The extension of the printed image or color beyond the intended edge of a document to ensure it reaches the edge after trimming.
- UV Coating:
A protective coating applied to printed materials, instantly cured with ultraviolet light for added durability and shine.
- Duplex Printing:
The process of printing on both sides of a sheet of paper.
This Print Finishing Glossary serves as your initial guide to the world of consumables. As you delve deeper into print finishing, you’ll likely encounter more specialized terms. Armed with this knowledge, you’ll communicate effectively, understand processes, and enhance your print finishing projects.
For further clarification or assistance, don’t hesitate to contact our team at Press Products. We’re here to provide expert guidance and supply you with top-quality consumables that will elevate your print finishing endeavors. Happy finishing!