Glossary of Printing & Digital Media Terms

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P/U (Pick Up):

To repeat film from a previous job. (a.k.a. repeat)

Packet:

A bunch of data. Packet switching is a system that breaks data into small packets and transmits each independently. The receiving computer has to combine all the packets.

Packing:

Paper used to underlay the image or impression cylinder in letterpress or the plate or blanket in lithography to get the proper squeeze and pressure for printing.

Pad:

To bind by applying glue along one edge of a stack of sheets.

Page Buffering:

The ability to spool an entire image to disk and print in a continuous motion.

Page Description Language:

(PDL) In digital prepress, a computer language designed for describing how type and graphic elements should be produced by output devices.

Page Descriptor:

Page Description Language, which is the actual programming language (such as PostScript) that tells a printer how each page should look in print.

Page Layout Program:

Software designed to combine text and graphics on a virtual page, giving you extensive control over the design and typography. The cornerstone of desktop publishing.

Page Makeup:

In stripping, assembly of all elements to make up a page. In computerized typesetting, the electronic assembly of page elements to compose a complete page with all elements in place on a video display terminal and on film or plate.

Page Proof:

Proof of type and graphics as they will look on the finished page complete with elements such as headings and rules.

Page Proofs:

The stage following galley proofs, in which pages are made up and paginated.

Page-Description Language:

Software that resides within a printer and defines how elements such as text and graphics appear on the printed page. PostScript is the industry-standard page-description language.

Page:

One side of a leaf in a printed piece. One sheet folded in half yields four pages. An eight-page signature has four pages printed on each side of the sheet.

Pages Per Inch:

Number of pages per inch of thickness of a bound publication. Each sheet has two pages (front and back).

Pages Per Minute (PPM):

The maximum speed of the printer's marking engine as rated by the manufacturer.

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