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Heidelberg 102 Online System (2003)
Heidelberg 102 Online System (2003)
Category: Computer-to-Plate

Price [EUR]: your offer please
MBO K65/4 KL (1971)
MBO K65/4 KL (1971)
Category: Folders

Price [EUR]: your offer please
Bobst Media 68-II-A2 (1999)
Bobst Media 68-II-A2 (1999)
Category: Foldingbox - gluing

Price [EUR]: Please call
KBA 74 (2002)
KBA 74 (2002)
Category: Sheet-fed

Price [EUR]: your offer please

English glossary of printing

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Term Definition
Galley proof

proofs taken from the galleys before being made up into pages.


the printing term for long metal trays used to hold type after it had been set and before the press run.


Getting the most out of a printing press by using the maximum sheet size to print multiple images or jobs on the same sheet. A way to save money.


an oversize page where both sides fold into the gutter in overlapping layers. Used to accommodate maps into books.


the operation of inserting the printed pages, sections or signatures of a book in the correct order for binding.


Digital Research's Graphics Environment Manager. A graphical interface designed both to make the operation of software simpler for the non-expert and to allow programs to communicate with one another. Two key desktop publishing packages, Ventura and DR's own GEM Desktop Publisher operate under this environment.


Stages of reproduction from original copy. A first generation reproduction yields the best quality.

Ghost bars

A quality control method used to reduce ghosted image created by heat or chemical contamination.


A faint printed image that appears on a printed sheet where it was not intended. More often than not this problem is a function of graphical design. It is hard to tell when or where ghosting will occur. Sometimes you can see the problem developing immediately after printing the sheet, other times the problem occurs while drying. However the problem occurs it is costly to fix, if it can be fixed. Occasionally it can be eliminated by changing the color sequence, the inks, the paper, changing to a press with a drier, printing the problem area in a separate pass through the press or changing the racking (reducing the number of sheets on the drying racks). Since it is a function of graphical design, the buyer pays for the increased cost.


A shiny look reflecting light.

Gloss ink

for use in litho and letterpress printing on coated papers where the ink will dry without pentration.

Golden ratio

the rule devised to give proportions of height to width when laying out text and illustrations to produce the most optically pleasing result.


typefaces with no serifs and broad even strokes.


The direction in which the paper fiber lie.


a rotary printing process where the image is etched into the metal plate attached to a cylinder. The cylinder is then rotated through a trough of printing ink after which the etched surface is wiped clean by a blade leaving the non-image area clean. The paper is then passed between two rollers and pressed against the etched cylinder drawing the ink out by absorption.

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