Print Glossary
  • K

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    Abbreviation for black in four-color process printing. Hence the 'K' in CMYK.

  • Key

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    (1) The screw that controls ink flow from the ink fountain of a printing press. (2) To relate loose pieces of copy to their positions on a layout or mechanical using a system of numbers or letters. (3) Alternate term for the color black, as in 'key plate.'

  • Keylines

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    Lines on a mechanical or negative showing the exact size, shape and location of photographs or other graphic elements. Also called holding lines.

  • Key Negative or Plate

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    Negative or plate that prints the most detail, thus whose image guides the register of images from other plates. Also called key printer.

  • Kiss Die Cut

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    To die cut the top layer, but not the backing layer, of self-adhesive paper. Also called face cut.

  • Kiss Impression

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    Lightest possible impression that will transfer ink to a Substrate.

  • Kraft Paper

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    Strong paper used for wrapping and to make grocery bags and large envelopes.