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Saddle Stitch:
In binding, to fasten a booklet by writing it through the middle fold of the sheets.
In photography, the special darkroom lamp used for illumination without fogging sensitized materials.
Sans Serif:
Description of a generic type style without serifs and usually without stroke contrast.
One of the three dimensions of color, and the attribute of color that defines its degree of strength or difference from white.  The higher the saturation, the brighter and lighter the image.  The lower the saturation, the duller and grayer the image.
Determining the proper size of an image to bereduced or enlarged to fit an area.
See Machine Readable.
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.
An electronic device used in the making of color and tone-corrected separations of images.
To impress or indent a mark with a string or rule in the paper to make folding easier.
See contact screen.
Screen Angles:
In color reproduction, angles at which the halftone screens are placed with relation to one another, to avoid undesirable moire patterns.  A set of angles often used is: black 45, magenta 75, yellow 90, cyan 105.
Screen Font:
A set of characters designed for display on a computer monitor.  Each character is a separate collection of bits.  Screen fonts are usually paired with corresponding but more detailed printer fonts.
Screened Print:
In photography, a print with a halftone screen made form a halftone negative or by diffusion transfer.
Screen Ruling:
The number of lines or dots per inch on a halftone screen.
(Small Computer System Interface) Pronounced "skuzzy".  An interface used to transmit digital data and to connect computers to peripherals.  An industry standard interface for hard drives and other storage devices that allows for very fast transfers of information.
In offset lithography, a film of ink printing in the non-image areas of a plate where it should not print.
Self Adhesive:
See Pressure Sensitive.
Self Cover:
A cover of the same paper as inside text pages.
Self-Imaging Label/Piggyback:
A bottom label or mid liner with an encapsulated ink coating. See Encapsulated Ink Coating.
Self-Imaging Liner
A liner with an encapsulated ink coating. See Encapsulated Ink Coating.
Semi-chemical Pulp:
A combination and mechanical pulping with properties similar to chemical pulp.
Sensor Mark:
The printed black bar on the back of some direct thermal and thermal transfer labels. This mark signals the printer to begin printing.
The short cross-lines at the ends of the main strokes of many letters in some typefaces.
Provides file data interchange between compatible peripheral devices on a local area network.  Servers are identified by the type of resource they provide (e.g., disk server, printer server, communications server).
In presswork, when the ink of a printed sheet rubs off or marks the next sheet as it is being delivered.  Also called offset.
(Standard Genralized Markup Language) One of the newer languages for making text for a variety of purposes, including typesetting and disk publishing.  A well-designed SGML scheme enables the publisher to mark text just once for multiple uses.
See Ghosting.
Software that is freely distributed but requires a payment if the person decides to keep and use it.
To decrease in color strength, as when halftone dots become smaller; opposite of dot spread or dot gain.
To print one side of a sheet of paper with one plate, then turn the sheet over and print the other side with another plate using some gripper and opposite side guide.
Shelf Life:
Time during which product can be stored and still be suitable for use. Most of CDL's stock products have a shelf life of 1 year if stored properly.
Short Ink:
An ink that is buttery and does not flow freely.
In printing, the indesirable condition in which the printing on the reverse side of a sheet can be seen through the sheet under normal lighting conditions.
Side Guide:
On sheetfed presses, a guide on the feed board to position the sheet sideways as it feeds into the front guides before entering the impression cylinder.
In printing and binding, the name given to a printed sheet after it has been folder.
Silhouette Halftone:
A halftone with all of the background removed.
The treatment of paper that gives it resistance to the penetration liguids (particularly water) or vapors.
A platform support for a pile of cut sheets of paper.
The placement of scrap pieces of paper between folds of a printed stack to prevent offsetting of recently printed or large solid print orders.
Cutting printed sheets or webs into two or more sections by means of cutting wheels on a press or folder.
Small Caps:
An alphabet of SMALL CAPITAL LETTERS available in most Roman type faces approximately the size of the lower case letters.  Used in combination with larger capital letters.
Smudge Resistance:
Resistance of a freshly printed surface to ink blurring or smearing.
Smyth Sewing:
A method of fastening side-byside signatures so that each is linked with thread to its neighbor, as well as saddle-sewn through its own centerfold.  Smyth-sewn books open flat.  The stitching is on the back of the fold.
Soft Dot:
Halftone dot with considerable fringe that causes dot gain or sharpening in printing or photography.
Soft Ink:
Descriptive of the consistency of paste inks.
Soft proof:
See hard proof.
See program.
The complete range of colors in the rainbow, from short wavelengths (blue) to long wavelengths (red).
Statistical Process Control.
See backbone.
Spiral Binding:
A book bound with wires in spiral form inserted through holes punched along the binding side.
Method of joining pressure sensitive webs within a roll to produce an operational continuous web.
(Simultaneous Peripheral Operations Online) A method by which a computer can store data and feed it gradually to an external device, such as a printer, that is operating more slowly than the computer.
Spot Color:
A second color used in addition to black to add visual interest to a printed piece.  In general, the color is a specified ink color.
Spot Varnish:
Varnish applied only to a specific area of a page or other printed piece.
Spray Powder:
A powder used at press to prevent set-off (offset) of wet ink; also called anti-offset spray.
Starburst Holes:
See Pinfeeds or Feed Slots.
Static Cling Labels:
A label that adheres to a substrate by static electricity - no adhesive. Examples are College Stickers.
Static Neutralizer:
In printing presses, an attatchment designed to remove the static electricity from the paper to avoid ink set-off and trouble with feeding the paper.
Stealth Dots:
A matrix of near-invisible dots, separated by a small amount of white space, a two-dimensional symbology used to encode numbers or letters, much like a barcode, but smaller.  They are encoded prior ro RIP and digitally printed in a predetermined location on a document, read by cameras and decoded by software.
In photomechanics, the procedure of multiple exposures using the same image by stepping it in position according to a predetermined layout or program.
Duplicate relief plate used for newspaper printing.
A proofreader's mark, written in the margin, signifying that copy marked for corrections should remain as it was.
Stochastic Screening:
A digital screening process that converts images into very small dots (14-40 microns) of equal size and variable spacing.  Second order screened images have variable size dots and variable spacing.  Also called Frequency Modulated (FM) screening.
Paper or other material to be printed.
Stock Item:
Product that is carried on a regular basis and already made.
In lithography, formerly used as the plate material.  In letterpress, the bed on which metal type is leveled and locked up.
Stopping Out:
In photomechanics, application of opaque to photographic negatives; application of special lacquer to protect areas on films in dot etching; staging of halftone plates during relief etching.
See show-through.
In offest lithography, the positioning of negatives (or positives) on a flat to compose a page or layout for platemaking.
The weight in pounds of a ream (500 sheets) of paper cut to the standard size (17" x 22") for business papers (bond, ledger, mimeograph and duplicator); e.g., 20 pounds.  Similar to basis weight of other grades of paper.
Subtractive Primaries:
Yellow, magenta and cyan, the hues used for process color printing inks.
The surface to which a label is applied.
Sulphate Pulp:
Paper pulp made from wood chips cooked under pressure in a solutoin of caustic soda and sodium sulphide.  Known as kraft.
Sulphit Pulp:
Paper pulp made from wood chips cooked under pressure in a solution of  bisulphite of lime (calcium bisulphite).
In papermaking, a calendar stack, separate from the papermaking machine, with alternate metal and resilient rolls, used to produce a high finish on paper.
In photomechanics, exposure from a second negative or flat superimposed on an exposed image of a previous negative or flat.
Specifications for Web Offset Publications.
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