Glossary beginning with T

Glossary of Print Terms



Trapping is the practice of overlapping two dissimilar colors that meet flush with each other to avoid gaps in coverage caused by misregistration.


The processes of cutting the excess paper from the edges of a press sheet. This is automated in production but often done by hand when proofing.

Trim Marks

Marks printed on a press sheet indicating where a piece is to be cut.

Trim Size

the final size of a book after it has been bound and trimmed.

Type Face

A style or design of type. Type Face encompasses shape, weight and proportions that make it distinct from other type faces.

Type Family

All sizes and weights of a basic type design. Members of a type family may vary in weight, width, or other treatment. A family may include roman, italic, extended, boldface, oblique or heavy treatments of a type face, among others. (Also called font family) EX: Helvetica is a type family / Helvetica Bold is a type face.

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The process of printing one side of a press sheet with one set of plates and the second side with a different set of plates.