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.


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.


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.


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.


Side-by-side card pack abbreviations

Scaling Wheel:

Alternate term for Proportional Scale.


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.


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.


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.


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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