Glossary beginning with R

Glossary of Print Terms

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Register Marks

The printed marks used to align color separations for printing so that each color registers with each other. These marks are printed using all the color separations of process printing so pressmen can check and adjust the alignment of each plate.

Reverse Type

When the type on a design is not printed so the color of the paper stock shows through. This is most effective when there is high contrast between the image and the stock.

RGB

RGB is an acronym for the three colors used to create the broad array of colors displayed on an electronic monitor. The three primary additive colors are Red, Green and Blue. RGB colors are used for electronic displays but do not reproduce well in print. RGB images should be converted to CMYK before your files are sent to the printer or it will be done during the pre-press process.

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An imposition is the arrangement of individual pages of a print piece on the printer’s sheet in order to facilitate faster printing, simplified binding and less waste of paper. Correct imposition minimizes printing time by maximizing the number of pages per impression, reducing cost of press time and materials.