Print Glossary
  • Electronic Front End (Electronic Composition)

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    General term referring to a prepress system based on computers.

  • Electronic Image Assembly

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    Assembly of a composite image from portions of other images and/or other page elements using a computer.

  • Electronic Mechanical

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    Mechanical exclusively in electronic files.

  • Electronic Publishing

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    (1) Publishing by printing with device, such as a photocopy machine or ink jet printer, driven by a computer that can change the image instantly from one copy to the next. (2) Publishing via output on fax, computer bulletin board or other electronic medium, as compared to output on paper.

  • Emboss

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    To press an image into paper so it lies above the surface. Also called cameo and tool.

  • Emulsion

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    Casting of light-sensitive chemicals on papers, films, printing plates and stencils.

  • Emulsion Down/Emulsion Up

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    Film whose emulsion side faces down (away from the viewer) or up (toward the viewer) when ready to make a plate or stencil. Abbreviated ED, EU. Also called E up/down and face down/face up.

  • Encapsulated PostScript file

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    Computer file containing both images and PostScript commands. Abbreviated EPS file

  • End Sheet

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    Sheet that attaches the inside pages of a case bound book to its cover. Also called pastedown or end papers.

  • English Finish

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    Smooth finish on uncoated book paper; smoother than eggshell, rougher than smooth.

  • Engraving

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    Printing method using a plate, also called a die, with an image cut into its surface.

  • EP

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    Abbreviation for envelope.

  • EPS

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    Encapsulated Post Script, a known file format usually used to transfer post script information from one program to another.

  • Equivalent Paper

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    Paper that is not the brand specified, but looks, prints and may cost the same. . Also called comparable stock.

  • Estimate

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    Price that states what a job will probably cost. Also called bid, quotation and tender.

  • Estimator

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    The individual performing or creating the "estimate."

  • Etch

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    To use chemicals to carve an image into metal, glass or film.