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Glossary of Print Terms

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Accordion Fold

A binding term for two or more parallel folds that open like an accordion. Each fold is opposite the previous creating the pleated or accordion type effect. Brochures and maps often use accordion folds.

Aliasing

A pixelated or stair-step appearance that can occur when printing or viewing a low resolution image (below 300 pixels per inch) or outputting a file or image on a low-resolution drive. This is the what causes curves or diagonal lines to appear pixilated.

Aqueous Coating

A water based coating applied like ink by a printing press. These coatings can protect and enhance the printing underneath, a variety of aqueous coatings with different textures and finishes are available.

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A sheet proceeds through a press and is printed on one side. The gripper grabs the sheet and flips it over from head to tail and it is printed on the other side. The second time the sheet is run it is gripped from the opposite side as the original.