Printing Partners Glossary of Terms
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Every industry has a collection of words that are unique. The printing industry is no exception.
We have gathered a group of what we consider to be the most important terms in printing and finishing. Hopefully you will find this glossary useful.

The following definitions are offered to provide a common understanding for phrases such as “we’ll print your brochure 4/4 work/turn with satin aqueous coating.”

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Hairline Register
Register within plus or minus a half row of dots.

A blurred effect resembling a haol, usually occuring in highlight areas or around bright objects.

Binary image in which the illusion of a range of gray tones is created by varying the size or spacing of tiny dots of uniform density.

Hard Copy
The permanent visual record of the output of a computer or printer on a substrate.

Hard Dot
Halftone dot with litte or no fringe and prints with little or no dot gain or sharpening.

Hard Proof
A proof on paper or other substrate

Hard Proof
A proof on paper or other substrate as distingushed from software which is a program for operating hardware.

Helium-Neon red laser with wavelength of 632 nm.

Head Margin
The white space above the first line on a page.

Defect on the press sheet caused by small particles of ink or paper attached to the plate or blanket.

High Contrast
A reproduction with high gamma in which the difference between light and dark is greater than in the original.

The lightest or whitest parts in a photograph represented in a halftone reproduction by the smallest dots or the absence of dots.

A property of coated paper with low ink absor[tion which allows ink set on the surface with high-gloss. Papers with too much holdout causes problems with the set-off.

Hot Type
Preparation of any printing form used to transfer multiple images from a raised surface; an example is Linotype utilizing hot lead.

Acronymn for hue, saturation and value (or brillance or luminance) - a color space used in some graphic programs.

The main attribute of a color which distinguishes it from other colors.

Water Receptive

Water Repellent

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