December 12, 2016

Black Pigment

Substances added to printing inks to impart a black color, generally derived from the refining of oil or natural gas. The black pigments primarily in use today are called Carbon Blacks,
December 12, 2016


A printed image that extends beyond one or more of the finished page margins and is later trimmed so that the image “bleeds” off the edge of the sheet. See also Full
December 12, 2016

Bleed Off

Alternate term for a bleed. See Bleed.
December 12, 2016

Bleeder Strip

A strip of polyester, acetate, or foil used in the production of sheet photopolymer plates in flexographic platemaking, used to cover those portions of the photosensitive plate material that extend beyond the edges of
December 12, 2016


The running of a printing ink or ink component into an undesirable area, either while wet or due to the action of a chemical or other substance on a dry
December 12, 2016


In graphics, a tool or technique used to create a transition—possessing varying degrees of smoothness—from one color or shape to another.
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Block Letters

Block letters are characterized as “printed” letters (not cursive). Block letters are mostly found as capitalized letters formatted from either serif or san serif text.
December 12, 2016

Block Test

Term for any of a variety of tests used to determine the likelihood that a particular ink and substrate combination will result in blocking when printed. The factors that contribute to blocking—pressure, drying time,
December 12, 2016

Block Text

In typography, paragraphs set without indents.
December 12, 2016

Block Type

Alternate term for block letter. See Block Letter.

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