Print Glossary
  • Wash Up

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    To clean ink and fountain solutions from rollers, fountains, screens, and other press components.

  • Waste

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    Unusable paper or paper damage during normal makeready, printing or binding operations, as compared to spoilage.

  • Watermark

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    Translucent logo in paper created during manufacturing by slight embossing from a dandy roll while paper is still approximately 90 percent water.

  • Web Break

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    Split of the paper as it travels through a web press, causing operators to rethread the press.

  • Web Gain

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    Unacceptable stretching of paper as it passes through the press.

  • Web Press

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    Press that prints from rolls of paper, usually cutting it into sheets after printing. Also called reel-fed press. Web presses come in many sizes, the most common being mini, half, three quarter (also called 8-pages) and full (also called 16-pages).

  • Wet Trap

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    To print ink or varnish over wet ink, as compared to dry trap.

  • Window

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    (1) In a printed product, a die-cut hole revealing an image on the sheet behind it. (2) On a mechanical, an area that has been marked for placement of a piece of artwork.

  • Wire Side

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    Side of the paper that rests against The Fourdrinier wire during papermaking, as compared to felt side.

  • With the Grain

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    Parallel to the grain direction of the paper being used, as compared to against the grain. See also Grain Direction.

  • Woodfree Paper

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    Made with chemical pulp only. Paper usually classified as calendered or supercalendered.

  • Working Film

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    Intermediate film that will be copied to make final film after all corrections are made. Also called buildups.

  • Wove

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    Paper manufactured without visible wire marks, usually a fine textured paper.

  • Wrong Reading

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    An image that is backwards when compared to the original. Also called flopped and reverse reading.