Print glossary



 


Print and bookmaking terminology
Listed in aplaphabetical order are some of the terms used to describe how the prints and books are made. If you require more information about any of the work on my websirte please don't hesitate to contact me.
Accordion fold
Folding paper by bending each fold in the opposite direction of the previous fold creating a pleated or accordion effect.
Acid-free paper
A paper containing no acidity or acid producing chemicals that degrades less over time than acidic papers.
Aquatint
An etching method that uses areas of tone rather than lines and cross-hatching.
Artist's proof
One of the proofs (or prints) in a limired edition of original prints. These would all be signed and bear a number such as, 1/10; meaning the 1st pull of an edition of 10.
Case binding
Books bound using hard board (case) covers.
Colophon
A printers' or publishers' identifying symbol or emblem.
Deckle edge
The rough or feathered edge of paper when left untrimmed.
Embossing
The molding and reshaping of paper to produce a raised image on the paper surface.
Giclée Prints
Images generated from high resolution digital scans and printed with archival quality inks.
Intaglio printing
Lines and areas are made into the plate to take the ink, which is rubbed in. The inked plate is then printed using an etching press,
Letterpress
Printing that utilizes inked raised surfaces, usually type, to create the image.
Lithography
The process of printing that utilizes flat or curved inked surfaces to create the printed images.
Offset printing
Where the printed material does not receive ink directly from a printing plate but from an intermediary blanket that receives the ink from the plate and then transfers it to the paper.
Relief print
The opposite of intaglio, it is the upstanding parts of the block or plate that take the ink, which is applied using a roller.
Saddle stitch
The binding of booklets or other printed materials by stapling the pages on the folded spine.
Screenprinting
A method of printmaking in which stencils are applied to fabric stretched across a frame. Paint or ink is pushed through the unblocked portions of the screen onto paper beneath.