Glossary of Printing & Digital Media Terms

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The cover surrounding a completed casebound book.


A term used to describe the stair-stepped appearance of bit mapped images.


Name of removable disk capable of storing 500 megabytes to one gigabyte of information.

Jet Black:

A reference to the degree of an ink's or material's blackness.

Jet Printing:

A general term for printing presses set up to print already manufactured envelopes. Allows for fast, high quality turnaround. Can print screens up to 133 lines per inch.

Job Jacket:

The documentation detailing the production requirements of an order. Besides specifications, the documentation may include photographs, electronic media containing files, etc.

Job Lot Paper:

Paper that didn't meet specifications when produced, has been discontinued, or for other reasons is no longer considered first quality.

Job Number:

A number assigned to a specific printing project in a printing company for use in tracking and historical record keeping.

Job Ticket:

Form used by service bureaus, separators and printers to specify production schedule of a job and the materials it needs. Also called docket, production order and work order.

Jog To The Foot:

All sections/inserts align to the bottom (foot) of the publication in the binding process.

Jog To The Head:

All sections/inserts align to the top (head) of the publication in the binding process.


The procedure that aligns all sheets of paper to form an even stack.


Process using vibration to keep a stack of paper in register after printing.


A vibration machine with a slopping platform to even-up stacks of printed materials.


That bendable, hinge-like part of casebook where the cover and spine meet. Other Term: hinge.

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