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rag paper

Papers containing a minimum of 24% cotton or linen fiber (referred to as rag because recycled or new rags are used to make the fibers). These papers are generally made up in the following grades: 25%, 50%, 75% and 100%. American...

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ragged left

Also called flush right, ragged left. Refers to type that is set with even word spacing, resulting in lines of varying length, all aligned to the right edge, resulting in the left edge appearing ragged. Because it is not used...

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ragged right

Also called flush left, ragged right. When type is set with even word spacing (and letter spacing), the lines will vary in length. If the lines of type are aligned on the left, the edges on the right will appear...

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RAID

Abbreviation for Redundant Array of Independent Disks. A collection of hard drives (disks) that function as one system. They are often used for backing up data as well as processing vast amounts of...

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RAM (Random Access Memory)

The working space made available by the computer, into which some or all of an application’s code is loaded and remembered while you work with it. However, an item is memorized in RAM only for as long as your computer is...

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recto

This refers to the right page of an open book, magazine or other publication. Page 1 (and all subsequent odd numbered pages) are on a recto. Recto comes from Latin recto folio, meaning on the right leaf. Compare to...

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relative colorimetric

This is a rendering intent which compares the extreme highlight of the source color space to that of the destination color space and shifts all colors accordingly. Out-of-gamut colors are shifted to the closest reproducible...

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rendering intent

A rendering intent determines how a color management system handles color conversion from one color space to another. Different rendering intents use different rules to determine how the source colors are adjusted; for example,...

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resolution

The degree of quality, definition or clarity with which an image is reproduced or displayed. As the number of pixels that make up an image is directly proportional to its detail and clarity, resolution is often used to indicate...

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reversed type

Type that is set against a black or colored background, commonly used on advertisements or billboards, where there are only a few words. Because people are accustomed to reading black text on a white background and because white...

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RGB

This refers to Red, Green and Blue, which are the Additive Primaries. They are the three colors of light that produce all the colors in the visible spectrum when added together in different combinations. Adding equal parts of...

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Roman

1. Denoting the alphabet (or any of the letters in it) used for writing Latin, English, and most European languages, developed in ancient Rome. 2. Letterforms offa plain upright kind used in ordinary print, especially as...

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roughie

A coined term meaning a rough design where final art has not been done but the basic elements are there, allowing one to see the composition, coloring, titling, etc., and thus see that the idea will work without spending the...

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RTF

Abbreviation for Rich Text Format. A format for transferring formatted text documents. It is an intermediate format between plain text and sophisticated word processing formats. All paragraph and character style attributes are...

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