Glossary of Printing & Digital Media Terms

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N-Factor:

A scaling factor that allows you to adjust the reading on a densitomer to a desired value. This is generally not recommended as it is not an accurate reflection of what the device measured and does not add value in process control. Additionally, with an N factor applied, communicating measured results with anyone else is difficult at best.

Nailhead:

A book binding style where the spine is thicker than the book body resulting in a profile resembling a nail.

Nameplate:

Portion of the front page of a publication that graphically presents its name, subtitle, and date line.

Nanometer:

The measurement of wavelengths. Unit of length equal to 109 meters, or one millionth of a millimeter.

Nap:

A slight surface texture of some writing surfaces.

Native Application File:

Refers to a file that was created by a particular application and can be opened and edited by another copy of the application.

Native File:

The working copy of the file written in the native format. You must have the application to open and alter this file.

Natural Color:

Very light brown color of paper. May also be called antique, cream, ivory, off-white or mellow white.

Natural:

A term to describe papers that have a color similar to that of wood; also called cream, off-white or ivory.

NDA:

Non-disclosure agreement.

Negative Letterspacing:

In typography, the subtraction of space between characters individually or en masse. See kening.

Negative Processed:

Printing plates that are created with film negatives are called negative-processed printing plates. Negative-processing is also used to make proofs for clients before the printing plates are made.

Negative Space:

Alternate term for White Space.

Negative:

Film containing an image in which the values of the original are reversed so that the dark areas appear light and vise versa.

Nested:

Signatures assembled inside one another in the proper sequence for binding, as compared to gathered. Also called inset.

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