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MEMOIR SALON, Session 15

Welcome to Memoir Salon Session 15, which features an excerpt from Linda Stenlund’s West of Skellefteå West of Skellefteå   by Linda Stenlund Short bio from the author: Linda Stenlund enjoys writing memoir stories and traveling. Organic gardening, hiking and cross-country … Continue reading

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MEMOIR SALON, Session 14

The table was pulled out of place and there was the Cleaning Lady, under the table. Continue reading

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Printing jargon is arcane and confusing, perhaps intentionally, which makes it a thrill to parse, simplify, and share. In earlier blogs, I excerpted and simplified key terms and definitions from an excellent print industry website, http://www.printindustry.com. Be sure to go there — and click on “glossary” — if you need more detail than we at White Poppy Press, The Sensible Way to Self-Publish and Modern Memoirs, A Writing, Editing, and Publishing Service provide.

This is a continuation, Q through Z.

 

R

rag paper: paper stock made partly with cotton rags

resolution: sharpness of an image

RGB: red, green, blue (primary colors for print!)

 

S

saddle stitch: to bind sheets by stapling them together where they fold (a stapled pamphlet)

satin finish: dull finish on coated paper

score: to crease paper so that it folds easily and accurately

shadows: darkest areas of an image

side stitch: to bind sheets by stapling them together along one edge (like National Geographic magazine and some notebooks)

signature: a folded sheet that is used for books, magazines and other publications, after being cut

soy-based inks: inks that use vegetable oils (instead of petroleum products) to hold pigment

specialty printer: a printer whose operation is targeted to a particular category of products, such as digital books that are glued and softcovered

specifications: written description of a print job, including type size and leading, paper grade, printing method, binding method, number of copies, and other variables e.g. ribbons

spine: binding edge of a publication

spiral bind: to hold papers together using a spiral (wire, plastic, thread) looped through holes; also called coil bind

split run: (1) use of different advertisements, bindings, and other variables in any given print job (e.g. softcovered books and hardcovered books; magazines with readership-specific advertisements)

spread: facing pages (what you see when you look at most books when open)

stamping (blocking): foil or other means used to show an image on the cover of a hardcovered book (usually spine only if the book has a dustjacket; spine and front cover if it stands alone)

subtractive primary color (CMYK): colors used in color printing (cyan, magenta, yellow, and black)

 

T

tagged image file format (TIFF): a way to store digital images

template: a standard layout

text paper: [printing] paper with textured surface

thermography: a way to print in which colorless powder takes on the color of underlying ink (also called raised printing)

thumbnail: an initial idea or ideas, jotted down

tint: add white to a color to make it lighter

tip in: insert a page or pages, e.g. a different paper or addition to a book

trade shop: service bureau, printer, or bindery that works for other graphic arts professionals

transparency: positive photographic image on film that light can go through (also called chrome, color transparency and tranny; TX)

trap: to print a coating or additional ink over an ink

trim size: the final size of the printed pages

 

 

U

uncoated paper: paper that has not been coated with clay

UV coating: liquid that’s been applied to paper after printing, then bonded and cured using ultraviolet light

 

V

value: shade (darkness) or tint (lightness) of a color (also called brightness, lightness, shade, tone)

varnish: a liquid coating  for protection and appearance

vellum finish: paper with a somewhat rough, toothy feel

virgin paper: paper that does not include recycled material

VOC: volatile organic compounds (petroleum substances) used as vehicles for printing inks

 

W

waste: paper that is not needed for the print job

watermark: translucent logo created by slightly embossing a paper when it is about 90 percent water

with the grain: parallel to the grain direction of the paper

woodfree paper: paper made with chemical pulp only

wrong reading: an image that is backwards (also called flopped and reverse reading)

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