Glossary beginning with P

Glossary of Print Terms

P

Pagination

The processes of numbering pages consecutively. Today this is often automated, saving a significant amount of time on pieces with a lot of pages.

Perfect Binding

A binding method using fast drying glues to hold the pages together and affix the cover along the spine. The final piece has a squared off spine.

Pica

A typographic measurement. One pica equals 12 points. There are approximately 6 picas to an inch.

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An object or path that is defined mathematically. This method is often used to create images in drawing programs. A vector image can be scaled up without worry about loss of quality because the image is defined mathematically and not by pixels. Adobe Illustrator, CorelDRAW, Macromedia FreeHand and Adobe Fireworks are common editors for vector graphics.