Glossary of Printing & Digital Media Terms

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Saddle Stitch:

To bind by stapling sheets together where they fold at the spine, as compared to side stitch. Also called pamphlet stitch, saddle wire and stitch bind.

Safelight:

In photography, the special darkroom lamp used for illumination without exposing sensitized materials.

Safety Paper:

A - paper that shows sign of erasure so that it cannot be altered or tampered with easily.

Sample:

A - printed piece of the finished product.

Sans Serif:

A type face that does not have serifs. Generally a low-contrast design. Sans serif faces lend a clean, simple appearance to documents.

Satin Finish:

Alternate term for dull finish on coated paper.

Saturation:

The extent to which one or two of the three RGB primary colours predominate a colour. As quantities of RGB equalise, colour becomes desaturated towards grey or white.

SBS:

Side-by-side card pack abbreviations

Scaling Wheel:

Alternate term for Proportional Scale.

Scaling:

The enlargement or reduction of an image or copy to fit a specific area.

Scalloped Columns:

Page layout in which columns are aligned at the top so their bottoms vary. Also called Hanging Columns.

Scan-A-Web:

Inn web printing, a rotating mirror arrangement where speed can be varied to match speed of press, so the image on paper can be examined during printing.

Scan:

When you have an image outside the computer, like a photograph or a drawing on paper, and you want to use it inside your computer; you need to scan the image using a scanner.

Scanability:

See Machine Readable.

Scanned Images:

Printed images that have been digitised. Once digitised, they can be used in most computer applications.

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