Print Terms Cheat Sheet

Image courtesy of Jinx!'s photostream

Image courtesy of Jinx!’s photostream

Hello again from your friendly neighborhood designer. Today’s topic: print! Registration, process colors, show through, binding, finishing… there are just so many terms and so many customizable specifications, diving into print can be a bit overwhelming. But worry not! Click the thumbnail below for a downloadable PDF cheat sheet of common print terms for your reference.

I won’t claim this is a comprehensive list, but it should at least get you started. And if you ever have further questions about a specific piece, my best advice is: ASK! Printing is something of a craft, and in my experience printers take pride in their work and want your projects to turn out well just as much as you do. Never be afraid to ask your printer for suggestions or advice!

 

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Jessica Mellen

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