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Glossary

(Printing Industry Terminology)

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Back Up
Printing on the second, or back side, of a sheet that already has printed on side one, or the front.
Bindery
The department in a printing company responsible for collating, folding and trimming printed projects.
Binding
The fastening of paper to create a brochure or book. Common styles are Saddle Stitched, Perfect Bound, Side Stitched, Case or Edition.
Blanket
Also called Press Blanket, the rubber-coated pad mounted on the blanket cylinder that receives the inked image from the plate and transfers it to the press sheet.
Blanket Cylinder
The cylinder on an offset lithographic printing press on which the blanket is carried and by means of which the printing image is taken from the plate and transferred to the paper.
Bleed
A printed color or image that extends beyond the trim edge of a page.
Blind Emboss
A pattern or image which is stamped onto a sheet without gold-leaf or ink, leaving a raised impression on the paper.
Bond Paper
Quality papers used for stationery, forms and documents having a basic weight of more than 60gsm, often containing a watermark.