Listed below are a number of common terms that you may encounter while using this website or when working with Central Print. If you have a query related to a term not covered below please contact us.
How much liquid paper will hold.
The bond between ink and what it is printed on.
Links or other coatings that are water-based based.
A finished copy of your document, ready for reproduction.
Print on the reverse side of a sheet.
The process of fastening paper.
The part of a printed image that extends beyond the trim edge of a sheet.
The thickness and feel of a paper.
An outline path, embedded into a file, that indicates which areas of a picture should be transparent.
Stands for cyan, magenta, yellow and key (black). These are the four process colours, which can be combined to produce the full colour spectrum.
Placing sheets of paper in the correct order to form a document.
The separation of a single colour into its component colours (CMYK) for printing.
Lines that indicate where to trim, perforate or fold a document.
Cutting out a custom shape such as a pocket or an unusually shaped document.
Stands for dots per inch. A measure of the quality of an image; the more dots per inch, the higher the quality.
A mock-up of the final product, made to give an indication of the weight and finish.
Stands for Encapsulated PostScript, a type of computer file generally used for vector graphics.
Using the four basic colours (cyan, magenta, yellow and black) to produce a document.
A type of fold with three panels, where the two outer panels are half the width of the inner panel and meet at the centre of the document.Greyscale
Printing in shades of grey, this only uses one colour – black.
The gap between two pages of a document.
A shape printed by eliminating background colours.
Applying a thin film coat to the document to create a more gloss or matt finish.
Extra copies printed in excess of the original order.
Pantone ® colour
Premixed colours that can be specified as a spot colour. Pantone colours can be matched using CMYK, but this can be slightly different from the original Pantone.
A binding method where pages are glued rather than sewn.
A colour specified in its component cyan, magenta, yellow and black parts.
A one-off version of the finished document for the customer to check for errors before it is printed.
The number of DPI in an image or document.
When type appears as white on a solid colour background.
Stands for red, green and blue. RGB is generally used for computer displays, but cannot be used for printing (it has to be converted to CMYK).
A binding method where a document is stapled through the middle fold.
The process of converting a hard copy (eg a photograph) into a soft (digital) format.
To part cut into heavy paper to allow for easier folding.
A colour that is not made using process (CMYK) colours. The ink for the colour is made specifically for the colour, and is usually a Pantone colour reference.
Two or more pages that join together.
An image file format, recommended for images that are going to be printed.