Glossary beginning with W

Glossary of Print Terms

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Work and Back (W&B)

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.

Synonyms: Sheetwise

Work and Tumble (W&TUM)

A sheet proceeds through a press and is printed on one side. The gripper grabs the sheet and flips it over from head to tail and it is printed on the other side. The second time the sheet is run it is gripped from the opposite side as the original.

Work and Turn (W&T)

A sheet proceeds through a press and is printed on one side. The gripper grabs the sheet and flips it over from left to right and it is printed on the other side. The same gripper and plates are used for printing both sides.

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This is an acronym for the four process color inks used in 4-color printing: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black. Although the K commonly stands for black it does not have to. K is for "Key" plate. The Key plate holds the detail for the printed image, in 4-color printing this is usually black ink.