Glossary beginning with B

Glossary of Print Terms



A rubber-coated pad mounted on a cylinder of an offset press. The blanket receives the inked image from the plate and transfers it to the surface being printed on.


Bleed refers to printing that goes beyond the edge of the sheet after trimming. A bleed lets the design of your final piece stretch from edge to edge without margins. Pengad requires an 1/8 inch bleed, meaning the design extends 1/8 of an inch from where the cut is to be made. (This means your document will be 1/4 inch wider and taller, this extra paper is trimmed off to the match the trim size.

Blind Folio

Page numbers on a design for reference but not printed on the final piece.

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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 left to right and it is printed on the other side. The same gripper and plates are used for printing both sides.