Printing Vocabulary Words and Definitions
Abbreviation for author’s alterations. Refers to changes made after a job has been submitted (such as changes in design, layout, copy, graphics or photographs). Printers charge for AAs.
A color proof representing an agreement between the printer and the customer regarding the standard for color and quality of the printed product.
A folded sample used to show finished size, shape and binding requirements.
A printed copy of text or a page layout. Used to check for accurate transmission of electronic files or to proof read against.
the aggregate of equipment, supplies, and staffing that defines the possible range of products that can be produced by a company.
the total amount of work that can be produced in a given time.
an acronym for Portable Document Format, a universal file format that preserves the fonts, images, graphics, and layout of any source document, regardless of the application and platform used to create it.
a print made from the file that will be used to produce the press plate, digital image, or a PDF file.
a printer with narrowly-defined printing capabilities. Contrasted to a general commercial printer who offers a wide scope of services.
A listing of exactly what will be used to produce a printed piece – paper, ink, sides to be printed, number of pages, bindery requirements, finished size. May include customer-provided inputs (such as photographs, text or mail list).
a printing company that provides printing for other printers and does not work directly with the end user of the printing.