Print Glossary
  • Natural Color (MG)

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    Very light brown color of paper. May also be called antique, cream, ivory, off-white or mellow white.

  • Nested

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    Signatures assembled inside one another in the proper sequence for binding, as compared to gathered. Also called inset.

  • Neutral Gray

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    Gray with no hue or cast.

  • News Print

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    Paper used in printing newspapers. Considered low quality and "a short life use."

  • Newton Ring

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    Flaw in a photograph or halftone that looks like a drop of oil or water.

  • Nipping

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    In the book binding process, a stage where air is expelled from it's contents at the sewing stage.

  • Nonheatset Web

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    Web press without a drying oven, thus not able to print on coated paper. Also called cold-set web and open web.

  • Nonimpact Printing

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    Printing using lasers, ions, ink jets or heat to transfer images to paper.

  • Nonreproducing Blue

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    Light blue that does not record on graphic arts film, therefore may be used to preprint layout grids and write instructions on mechanicals. Also called blue pencil, drop-out blue, fade-out blue and nonrepro blue.

  • Novelty Printing

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    Printing on products such as coasters, pencils, balloons, golf balls and ashtrays, known as advertising specialties or premiums.