FAQ

  • Aqueous Coating - Coating in a water base and applied like ink by a printing press to protect and enhance the printing underneath. Ideal for brochures and corporate collateral.
  • Basis Weight - The weight of paper, in pounds of a ream (500 sheets to a ream of paper).
  • Bleed - Printing that extends to the edge of a sheet or page after trimming. Allow for 1/8" for all four sides to ensure the piece trim correctly.
  • C1S and C2S - abbreviations for coated one side and coated two sides.
  • CMYK - Abbreviation for cyan (blue), magenta (pink), yellow and key (black), the four process colors. Layering these colors can produce most colors, but not all.
  • Crop Marks - Lines near the edges of an image indicating portions to be reproduced. Used to indicate the bleed and/or final trim size.
  • Digital Press - A press used to reproduce documents directly from a digital file created.
  • Drill - To drill a hole in a printed matter, for example, three-hole punch.
  • Dull Finish - Flat (not glossy) finish on coated paper; slightly smoother than matte. Also called suede finish, velour finish and velvet finish.
  • EPS - Encapsulated Post Script, a known file format usually used to transfer post script information from one program to another.
  • Finish - Surface characteristics of paper or a general term for trimming, folding, binding and all other post press operations.
  • Folder - A bindery machine dedicated to folding printed materials.
  • FTP Site and how to use it - An FTP site is a website that large art files can be posted to. Publishers Printing Company will provide the link to you to post your files.
  • Gate Fold - A sheet that folds where both sides fold toward the gutter, and can overlap layers.
  • HIGH RES PDF file - Artwork to be saved as a High Resolution PDF file that includes embedded fonts and images with crop marks. Single pages only - no spreads.
  • House Sheet - Paper kept in stock by a printer and suitable for a variety of printing jobs. At Publishers Printing Company, 70# gloss is house sheet.
  • Jogger - A vibration machine with a slopping platform to even-up stacks of printed materials.
  • Kerning - Amount of space between type characters.
  • Laminate - A thin transparent plastic sheet (coating) applied to usually a thick stock providing protection against liquid and heavy use, and usually accents existing color, providing a glossy effect.
  • Letter Fold - Two folds creating three panels that allow a sheet of letterhead to fit a business envelope. Also called barrel fold and wrap around fold.
  • Leading - Amount of space between lines of type.
  • Linen Finish - Embossed finish on text paper that simulated the pattern of linen cloth.
  • Matte Finish - Flat (not glossy) finish on photographic paper or coated printing paper.
  • Over Run - Additional printed matter beyond order. Overage policy varies per job.
  • Pantone Colors - Also called PMS to match colors.
  • Perfect Bind - To bind sheets that have been ground at the spine and are held to the cover by glue. Also called adhesive bind.
  • Print Ready file - A page layout document must include high resolution images, all fonts must be supplied to produce, files must be set at final trim size. For Color - single color jobs must be converted to black and white. Two color jobs - Pantone colors must be referred to within file. Four color jobs must be converted to CMYK.
  • Recycled Paper - New paper made entirely or in part from old paper.
  • Resolution - Sharpness of an image on film, paper, computer screen, or other medium.
  • RGB - Abbreviation for red, green, blue, the additive color primaries.
  • Saddle Stitch - To bind by stapling sheets together where they fold at the spine, as compared to side stitch.
  • Satin Finish - Alternate term for dull finish on coated paper.
  • SCA - Supercalendered "A" Grade paper.
  • Self Mailer - A printed item independent of an envelop. A printed item capable of travel in the mailing arena independently.
  • Sheetfed Press - Press that prints sheets of paper, as compared to a web press.
  • Side Stitch - To bind by stapling through sheets along, one edge, as compared to saddle stitch.
  • Spiral Bind - To bind using a spiral of continuous wire or plastic looped through holes. Also called coil bind.
  • UV Coating - Liquid applied to a printed sheet, then bonded and cured with ultraviolet light.
  • Variable Data - Data on the printed piece can be customized to your marketing efforts to include text, text files, images, text style, layer visibility and tables.
  • Varnish - Liquid applied as a coating for protection and appearance.
  • Web Press - Press that prints from rolls of paper, usually cutting it into sheets after printing. Web presses come in many sizes.

At Publishers Printing Company, we stock various paper grades to ensure your printed piece meets your expectation. Samples of paper can be provided along with samples of printed collateral.

To ensure your file represents what you have created on your computer, please provide single page PDFs with crop marks.

Although each print job is different, once artwork or final Proof is approved, your order should be printed within five to seven working days. Normal delivery is six working days from the customer's OK of proof. Should the order require shipping, we can coordinate through FedEx or UPS to deliver. We will provide the estimated cost to be added to your invoice or can use your shipping number and the service can bill you direct. If you are local to the Louisville area, we can deliver or you may pick up at our Shepherdsville, KY location.