| Printing Glossary M-P|

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M

M is short for magenta in the four-color printing process.

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Magenta

Magenta is one of the subtractive primary colors used by PsPrint in process printing. It is commonly known as"process red."

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Mask

Mask is the process used to prevent light from reaching part of an image, therefore isolating the remaining part.

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Moire

Moire is an undesirable pattern that appears when two or more screen patterns are placed over one another. Moire may be caused by misalignment, incorrect screen angles, slipping or slurring.

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Negative

Negative is a reverse of an image created when processing film. The light and dark parts of an image are tonally reversed from the original copy.

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Offset Lithography

Offset lithography is a printing process where the image prints by transferring ink from a plate to a rubber blanket that deposits the ink onto the substrate instead of directly from plate to paper.

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Offset Printing

Offset printing refers to offset lithography, which is a printing process where the image prints by transferring ink from a plate to a rubber blanket that deposits the ink onto the substrate instead of directly from plate to paper.

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Pantone Matching Systems (PMS)

Pantone matching systems or PMS for short are the most popular color matching systems used in the printing industry. A true PMS color is defined by a mixture of inks that will provide a specific color.

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Perfect Binding

Perfect binding is a bindery method where all pages are trimmed to a single sheet. They are clamped together and a cover is wrapped around the spine. The pages are attached to the cover using and adhesive.

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Perforation

Perforation takes place on a binder machine, creating a line of small dotted wholes for the purpose of tearing-off a part of a printed matter (usually straight lines).

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Plate

Plate is a metal sheet carrying an image to be reproduced using a printing press.

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PMS

Abbreviation for pantone matching systems.

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Press Layout

Press layout or ruleup is a drawing that shows how a printing job must be imposed using a specific press and sheet size. It shows where pieces will be cut, perforated and folded.

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