Glossary of Terms


Like any industry, ours uses a variety of terms. If you want to find out what they mean, you are in the right place! Simply click on a letter to see its list of terms. If the term you are looking for isn't listed in our glossary feel free to contact us so that we may help you as well as add it to our list.

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2-up, 4-up, 8-up, 12-up, 16-up,...

In prepress and printing, these terms refer to the number of A4 or Letter-sized pages that can be put on a single piece of film, printing plate, or press sheet. e.g. A 4-up platesetter can image plates on which 4 pages are imposed. An 8-up device handles plates that are roughly twice as big. The largest possibility is 48-up, since that is the maximum number of pages that the biggest presses can currently handle.


4 Over 0

Printing CMYK on the front of a sheet and no printing on the back.


4 Over 1

Printing CMYK on the front of a sheet and 1 color on the back. 4/K is sometimes used to specifically indicate that the back will be printed with black (K) ink only.


4 Over 4

Printing CMYK on the front and back of the sheet.


4-Color Printing

The process of printing in CMYK (e.g. Process Colors) or full-color.


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