FAQ’s about design and print

Some answers to commonly asked question

Sometimes people in the print industry take it for granted that everyone understands all the jargon used. Here are some of the frequently asked questions we get asked…

What are the dimensions are for standard paper sizes?

A0 – 1189 x 841 mm
A1 – 841 x 594 mm
A2 – 594 x 420 mm
A3 – 420 x 297 mm
A4 – 297 x 210 mm
A5 – 210 x 148 mm
A6 – 148 x 105 mm
A7 – 105 x 74 mm
A8 – 74 x 52 mm
A9 – 52 x 37 mm

What is Pantone?

An industry standard colour reference chart system that all designers use to specify colours to printers.

What is a proof?

A copy of the document made to check for errors or flaws before the job is printed, and to show how a printing job is intended to appear when finished. A proof can either be in a Digital format (PDF via email) or a hard copy (printed version).

What is Bleed?

Bleed is a term that refers to printing that goes beyond the edge of the sheet after trimming. This allows for small inconsistencies when cutting paper to their final size. Normally we require 3mm bleed when provided with print ready artwork.

What are crop marks?

Small lines at the corner of a document which identify where a page is to be trimmed. Also called cut marks and tic marks.

What does CMYK stand for?

Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black, the four colours used for full colour printing. Mixing varying percentages of these together produces a full spectrum of colour.

What is a spot colour?

Spot colour is a flat coloured ink which is generally used on business stationery requiring only two colours to be printed.

What does PP stand for?

It’s simply an abbreviation of ‘Printed Pages’ which is normally used when specifying more than one side. E.g. a double sided A4 leaflet would simply be termed ’2pp A4.

What does Imposition mean?

Arrangement of pages on mechanicals or flats so they will appear in proper sequence after press sheets are folded and bound.

What is Resolution?

Resolution refers to the quality of an image. The higher the resolution the better the quality. Printed material is generally in 300dpi (dots per inch) and websites shown on screens at 72dpi.


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