Glossary beginning with P

Glossary of Print Terms

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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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Embossingi is a process performed after printing that uses a metal die to reshape a printing surface, creating a raised image. Embossing can be applied to overprinting or on blank paper (called blind embossing). Blind embossing can be an especially effective and eye-catching effect when used with textured and embossed paper finishes.