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Abbreviations For Printing: The Ultimate Guide

There numerous printing-related abbreviations over the years. These abbreviations can be confusing, especially for those new to the industry. In this comprehensive guide, I’ll unpack the meaning and significance of these common abbreviations, providing you with a valuable resource to navigate the world of print with confidence.

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Color and Resolution Abbreviations

Understand various color and resolution abbreviation will help you how to set up high quality artwork for printing.

B & W

B & W, short for black and white printing, refers to the process of producing printed materials using only black ink, without the use of any color inks. This method is often more cost-effective than full-color printing and is commonly used for text-heavy documents, such as reports, manuals, and basic business forms.

In the printing industry, you may see the abbreviation “B & W” or “BW” used to specify that a particular job or project should be printed in black and white. This can be helpful when working with a print service provider to ensure that your final product matches your desired output.

CMYK

CMYK, short for cyan, magenta, yellow and black. It is a color model used in the printing industry, where colors are created by combining varying amounts of cyan, magenta, yellow, and black inks. This method is the standard for full-color printing, as it allows for a wide range of color reproduction.

The CMYK abbreviation is commonly used when specifying the color mode for a print job, ensuring that the final product will be printed using the appropriate color separation and ink combination.

FC

FC, stands for full color, refers to the printing process that uses a combination of four color inks (CMYK) to reproduce a wide range of colors and shades. This method is commonly used for high-quality, visually-rich printed materials, such as magazines, brochures, and marketing collateral printing.

The FC abbreviation may be used when specifying the color requirements for a print job. To make sure the final product is printed in full color rather than in black and white or a limited color palette.

RGB

RGB stands for Red, Green, and Blue, is a color model used in digital imaging and display systems. It works by combining different intensities of these three primary colors to create a wide range of hues and shades.

Understanding the RGB color model is essential for preparing digital assets for print. While the final printed output will typically be in a different color space, such as CMYK. Knowing how to work with RGB can help ensure that the colors are accurately translated and reproduced.

PMS

PMS, short for Pantone Matching System, is a standardized color matching system used in the printing industry. It allows for the accurate reproduction of specific colors, ensuring that the printed output matches the desired hue and tone.

As a seasoned print professional, I’ve found the PMS system to be an invaluable tool in our work. By specifying exact PMS colors, we can ensure that the final printed product meets the client’s expectations and maintains brand consistency across all printed materials.

DPI

DPI, short for dots per inch, is a measure of the resolution or sharpness of a printed image. It refers to the number of individual dots or pixels that can be printed within a linear inch of space. The higher the DPI, the more detailed and crisp the printed image will appear.

When working with a print service provider, you may see the DPI abbreviation used to indicate the desired resolution for your printed materials. To make sure the final product meets your quality standards.

PPI

PPI, short for Pixels per Inch, is a measure of the resolution of digital images and other visual content. It refers to the number of pixels contained within a linear inch of an image or display.

Understanding PPI is crucial for ensuring that digital assets are properly prepared for print. By optimizing the PPI of images and other visual elements, we can ensure that the final printed output maintains the desired level of sharpness, clarity, and detail.

Res

Res, stands for Resolution, is a term that refers to the level of detail and clarity in a digital image or printed output. It is typically measured in dots per inch (DPI) or pixels per inch (PPI).

Understanding and managing resolution is key to achieving high-quality printed materials. By ensuring that the resolution of digital assets matches the requirements of the printing process, we can help our clients produce crisp, vibrant, and visually stunning printed pieces.

Printing Paper Type and Weight Abbreviations

Whether for commercial printing or small print runs, know various paper type and weight abbreviation is a key to select the best material for your print project.

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Art

Acronyms used for art gloss. Art gloss is a type of paper finish that provides a smooth, glossy surface, often used for high-quality publications, magazines, and brochures. This finish enhances the vibrancy and clarity of images and text, making it a popular choice for visual-heavy materials.

When working with a print service provider, you may come across the abbreviation “art” or “art gloss” on your order form or invoice. This indicates that the final product will be printed on art gloss paper, ensuring a professional and visually appealing finish.

C1S and C2S

C1S, short for coated one side paper, and C2S short for coated two side paper. Coated papers are often used for high-quality publications, brochures, and marketing materials. As the coating provides a smoother surface and enhances the vibrancy of printed images and text.

When working with a print service provider, you may see these abbreviations on your order form or invoice, indicating the type of paper that will be used for your project.

FSC-accredited

FSC-accredited, stand for Forest Stewardship Council-accredited material. It is a certification that indicates the paper or materials used for a print job are sourced from responsibly managed forests and other controlled sources. This certification is important for environmentally-conscious organizations and individuals who want to ensure their printed materials are produced in a sustainable manner.

When working with a print service provider, you may see the FSC-accredited abbreviation used to indicate that the materials used for your print job meet the necessary environmental standards.

LBS

LBS, is short for Pound Unit of Mass, is a unit of mass commonly used in the printing industry to measure the weight of paper and other materials. This measurement is important when determining the overall weight and shipping costs of a print job, as well as ensuring that the paper stock used is suitable for the intended application.

When working with a print service provider, you may see the LBS abbreviation used to indicate the weight or basis weight of the paper being used for your project.

GSM

GSM, stands for Grams Per Square Meter, is a unit of measurement used to describe the weight or basis weight of paper and other materials. This metric is commonly used in the printing industry to specify the thickness and quality of the paper being used for a print job.

When working with a print service provider, you may see the GSM abbreviation used to indicate the weight or thickness of the paper or other materials being used for your project.

Printing Abbreviations

Understanding the printing abbreviations will provide you with a valuable resource to navigate the world of print with confidence.

Off

Off, stands for offset printing. It is a widely used printing technique that transfers ink from a plate to a rubber blanket and then to the printing surface. This method is known for its high-quality output, versatility, and cost-effectiveness. It is a popular choice for a wide range of printed materials, from books and magazines to packaging and marketing collateral.

The Off abbreviation may be used when specifying the printing method for a job, ensuring that the final product is produced using the appropriate offset printing technology.

INK

INK, stands for inkjet, refers to the printing technology that uses liquid ink to produce images and text on a variety of media, such as paper, fabric, or plastic.

Inkjet printing is known for its high-quality output and versatility. It is a popular choice for both home and professional printing applications.

The INK abbreviation may be used when specifying the printing method for a job, ensuring that the final product is produced using the appropriate inkjet technology.

POD

POD, stands for Print-on-Demand, is a printing method where individual copies of a publication are produced in response to a specific customer order, rather than printing a large, pre-determined quantity.

POD can be a game-changer for businesses and individuals looking to minimize their upfront costs and reduce the risk of overproduction. By only printing what is needed, POD allows for more efficient inventory management and the ability to quickly adapt to changing market demands.

CTP

CTP, short for Computer to Plate, is a printing technology that allows for the direct transfer of digital files to printing plates, eliminating the need for traditional film-based processes.

CTP has revolutionized the printing industry by streamlining the prepress workflow and reducing the potential for errors. By directly transferring digital files to the printing plates, CTP can improve efficiency, reduce turnaround times, and ultimately deliver higher-quality printed materials.

TNR

TNR, short for Toner, refers to the powdery substance used in laser printers and copiers to create printed images and text on paper. Toner is typically made from a combination of resins, pigments, and other materials that are fused to the paper using heat and pressure.

Understanding the properties and characteristics of toner is crucial for ensuring the best possible printing results. By selecting the appropriate toner for a given project and optimizing the printing settings, we can help our clients achieve high-quality, long-lasting printed materials.

Typo

A Typo, short for Typographical Error, is a mistake in the spelling, punctuation, or formatting of text within a printed or digital document.

As writer and editor, you should made it a priority to meticulously proofread and edit all of your work to minimize the risk of typos. By carefully reviewing the content and ensuring that it is free of errors, you can produce professional, polished, and error-free printed materials.

VDP

VDP, short for Variable Data Printing. It is a printing technology that allows for the personalization and customization of printed materials on an individual basis. This can include customizing text, images, or other elements based on specific customer data or preferences.

VDP can be a powerful tool for creating highly targeted and engaging printed materials. By leveraging customer data and personalized content, VDP can help businesses and organizations to build stronger connections with their audience and improve the overall effectiveness of their print campaigns.

Binding Abbreviations

Understanding different binding abbreviation and its meaning will help you make a right binding option for your project.

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CO

CO, is the abbreviation of coil binding, is a popular method of binding printed materials, such as books, manuals, and reports. In this binding process, a continuous wire or plastic coil is inserted through punched holes along the edge of the pages, allowing the book to open and lay flat.

The CO abbreviation is often used when specifying the binding method for a print job, ensuring that your final product is assembled in the desired manner.

CW

CW, is the abbreviation of case wrap, refers to a type of hardcover binding used for books and other printed materials. In this binding method, the book’s cover is made of a rigid material, such as cardboard or leather, cloth, and is wrapped around the book block (the pages).

The CW abbreviation is often used when specifying the binding type for a print job, ensuring that your final product has a durable and professional-looking hardcover finish.

DJ

DJ, is the abbreviation of dust jacket, is a removable protective cover that is placed over the hardcover of a book. Dust jackets are typically made of paper or lightweight material and often feature additional artwork, information, or promotional content.

When working with a print service provider for a hardcover book printing project, you may see the DJ abbreviation used to indicate that a dust jacket should be included as part of the final product.

PB

PB, short for Perfect Binding, is a type of bookbinding where the pages are glued together at the spine, creating a smooth, flat appearance. This is a common binding method for softcover books, magazines, and other publications.

PB is a cost-effective and efficient binding solution that works well for a wide range of print projects. It’s a popular choice for publications that need to be durable, flexible, and easy to distribute, making it a versatile option for many businesses and organizations.

PUR

PUR, is the abbreviation of Polyurethane Reactive Adhesive. It is a type of softcover bookbinding that uses a specialized adhesive to bind the pages together. This method is known for its durability and flexibility, making it a popular choice for books, magazines, and other publications that need to withstand heavy use.

PUR binding is a premium option that can provide a high-quality, professional finish to a publication. While it may be more expensive than saddle stitch, the enhanced durability and longevity of PUR-bound publications can make it a worthwhile investment for certain projects.

SAS

SAS, stands for Saddle Stitch, is a bookbinding method where the pages are folded in half and stapled or stitched together at the spine. This is a common binding technique for magazines, catalogs, and other publications with a relatively low page count.

SAS can be a cost-effective and efficient binding solution for certain types of print projects. It’s a popular choice for items that need to be easily distributed, such as event programs, brochures, or small booklets.

File Format Abbreviation

Knowing various file format is essential to make sure your artwork can accurately reproduce by your printer.

BMP

BMP, short for Windows Bitmap Format, is a raster image file format commonly used in the printing industry. This format is known for its high-quality image reproduction and is often used for storing and transferring digital images, such as logos, graphics, and illustrations.

When submitting artwork or images for printing, you may be asked to provide files in the BMP format. This ensures that the print service provider can accurately reproduce the image without any loss of quality or resolution.

EPS

EPS, is the abbreviation of Encapsulated Postscript. It is a vector-based file format commonly used in the printing industry for storing and transferring high-quality graphics and illustrations. This format is known for its ability to maintain the image quality and scalability, even when resized or printed at different sizes.

When submitting artwork or images for printing, you may be asked to provide files in the EPS format. To make sure your printer can accurately reproduce the graphics without any loss of quality or resolution.

PDF

PDF, short for Portable Document Format, is a widely used file format in the printing industry. PDFs are known for their ability to preserve the original formatting, fonts, and layout of a document, ensuring that the printed output matches the digital file exactly.

When submitting files for printing, you may be asked to provide them in the PDF format. As this ensures that the printer can accurately reproduce the content and layout of your document.

Ink Color Abbreviation

1-0, 4-0, 4-4, etc. these printing abbreviations refer to the number of ink colors used on each side of a printed sheet:

1-0 off: One-color printing on one side, may be black color or other Pantone color.

4-0 off: Four-color(cmyk) printing on one side

4-4 off: Four-color(cmyk) printing on both sides

Cover Abbreviation

IBC

The IBC, stands for Inside Back Cover, refers to the interior page on the back cover of a publication. This prime real estate is often used for additional content, such as contact information, advertisements, or even a call-to-action for readers.

IBC can be a powerful marketing tool when utilized effectively. By strategically placing compelling content or a strong CTA, you can leave a lasting impression on your audience and potentially drive further engagement or conversions.

IFC

The IFC, stands for Inside Front Cover, is the interior page on the front cover of a publication. Similar to the IBC, this space is highly coveted and can be used to showcase important information, highlight key features, or even feature a visually striking image or design.

IFC is an excellent opportunity to set the tone for the publication and grab the reader’s attention from the very first page. By carefully crafting the content and design of the IFC, you can effectively draw the reader in and pique their interest in the rest of the publication.

OBC

The OBC, stands for Outside Back Cover, refers to the exterior back cover of a publication. This prime real estate is often reserved for high-impact visuals, bold branding, or a strong call-to-action.

OBC used in a variety of ways, from showcasing stunning product imagery to highlighting a brand’s unique value proposition. By leveraging the OBC effectively, you can leave a lasting impression on your audience and potentially drive them to take the desired action.

OFC

The OFC, stands for Outside Front Cover, is the exterior front cover of a publication. This is arguably the most important real estate in the entire publication. As it’s the first thing a reader will see and can make or break their initial impression.

OFC is where you want to showcase your strongest branding, most compelling imagery, and a clear indication of the publication’s content or purpose. By crafting an OFC that is visually striking and immediately captures the reader’s attention, you can set the stage for a successful and engaging reading experience.

Other Printing Abbreviation

CPC

CPC, short for cost per copy, is a metric used in the printing industry to determine the cost of producing a single printed page or copy. This is an important consideration when budgeting for print projects. Because it can help you estimate the total cost of your order based on the number of copies needed.

When working with a print service provider, you may see the CPC abbreviation on your quote or invoice, allowing you to understand the per-unit cost of your printing project.

DN

DN, short for 2-sided copy print/network, refers to the process of printing on both sides of a sheet of paper. This is a common practice in office environments and for certain print projects. Since it can help reduce paper consumption and printing costs.

The DN abbreviation may be used when specifying the printing requirements for a job, ensuring that the final product is printed on both sides of the paper.

DPS

DPS, stands for double page spread, refers to a two-page layout that is designed to be viewed as a single, continuous image or design. This layout is commonly used in magazines, books, and other publications where a wider, panoramic view is desired.

The DPS abbreviation may be used when specifying the layout requirements for a print job. To make sure the final product is designed and printed to accommodate the desired double-page spread.

FPO

FPO, short for “for position only,” is a term used in the printing industry to indicate that an image or graphic is being used as a placeholder in a layout, rather than the final, high-resolution version. FPO images are typically low-resolution or watermarked, and are replaced with the final, high-quality version before the final printing process.

The FPO abbreviation may be used when providing artwork or images for a print job. To make sure the print service provider understands that the file is a placeholder and not the final version to be used in the final product.

QR Code

A QR Code, short for Quick Response Code. It is a type of two-dimensional barcode that can be scanned using a smartphone or other device to quickly access digital content or information.

QR codes used in a variety of printed materials, from business cards and brochures to product packaging and signage. By incorporating QR codes into your printed pieces, you can provide your audience with a seamless way to access additional content, make purchases, or engage with your brand in a more interactive way.

Conclusion

Understanding the common abbreviations used in the printing industry is crucial for ensuring your print projects are executed flawlessly. Through familiarizing yourself with these terms and their meanings, you can communicate more effectively with your print service provider. Then avoid misunderstandings, and ultimately achieve the high-quality printed materials you desire.

Whether you’re a seasoned professional or new to the world of print, this comprehensive guide should serve as a valuable reference to navigate the ever-evolving landscape of printing abbreviations.

Chinaprintingexport as a china printing service provider. We’re passionate about helping our clients navigate the complexities of the printing industry and achieve the best possible results for their projects. If you’re looking to create high-quality, visually stunning printed materials, contact us to discuss your needs and how we can assist you.

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