Glossary beginning with V

Glossary of Print Terms

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Varnish

A thin, liquid protective coating, matte or glossy, applied over top of a printed piece. Varnishes can add protection and enhance the appearance of the final product. It can be applied over the entire piece or as a spot coating.

Vector

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.

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Metallic inks are opaque inks that contain metallic particles to reflect light. Metallic inks are used to give your piece a shine or metallic look not achievable with regular inks. Metallic inks often look most vibrant on a coated sheet.