Archives: Glossary

make-ready

The process of preparing a printing press before a new run to establish register, ink density, consistent impression, etc. In stamping processes, such as foiling, embossing and die-cutting, make-ready refers to the process of...

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mask

Any material used to protect (from light, paint or whatever) all or part of an image, page or document. By extension, computer programs provide a feature which enables you to apply a virtual “mask” to all or selected...

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mass market paperback

A small, usually non-illustrated and inexpensive book format. They are commonly released after the hardback edition and often sold in non-traditional book selling locations such as airports, drug stores and supermarkets. The...

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meanline

The imaginary line that marks the top of most lowercase letters such as “x”. The distance between the baseline and meanline of a font defines it’s x-height. Compare to...

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mechanical hinge

In contrast to a living hinge, a mechanical hinge is made up of multiple parts that are each stationary but together create the ability to bend. A typical example of a mechanical hinge is the hinge used on a door. The lecture...

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modern figures

Also called lining figures, these are numerical figures similar to caps in that they are uniform in height: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 0. Most often used for annual reports, charts, and tables. As their name implies, numbers in...

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moiré pattern

In physics, a moiré pattern is a pattern created when two separate patterns are overlaid on top of each other—such as two grids that have slightly different mesh sizes. In color printing, the usual technology for...

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monitor profile

This is a profile that describes how a monitor is currently reproducing color. Color management programs exist to create custom monitor profiles that will match up to how a printer or printing press will output the...

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