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5 Printing Terminology you need to Know

How well versed are you with printing terminology? Nowadays everyone is working in different sectors;likewise most of the designers are working in a variety of channel like digital and print. It is very essential to knowing the printing basics and terminology and how printing is important for a designer. Let’s discuss about the printing terms. Here are top 5 printing terms you need to know.


The expansion for CMYK is CYAN, MAGENTA, and YELLOW, BLACK. These are four inks used in color printing. Almost in every printing material like newspapers, brochures, cards etc. is printed using a CMYK color model. Each color is created by mixing different values of these four hues i.e. Cyan – 100, Magenta – 53, Yellow – 0, Black – 47. Always remember to covert documents and colors to CMYK before submitting them for printing to ensure the best and most accurate print job.


DPI means dots per inch. It is measure of printing quality. It is not a tool to increase the quality of the image or size of the image. It is actually used to describe the resolution number of dots per inch in a digital print. It is important to note that increasing DPI will increase a file size. Digital resolution is measured in pixels. It is recommended to save each file at the proper print DPI to maintain filing efficiency.


Bleed is important in printing process.The bleed helps the printer accurately prepare the file for printing, so that the correct area is printed, the paper is cut to the proper size and so that the color is reproduced accurately.

Pantone Color

Pantone colors are identified by color no and color kits to help you maintain consistent print qualityacross various channels. The color no is followed by C, U or M, which correspond to paper types coated, uncoated or matte.


RIP refers to raster image processor. It is used in printing to produce a raster image suitable for printing.It is technically a piece of software or firmware and the actual process turns files into a bitmap for printing.It converts any file images/text, raster/vector, into a high-resolution single file that is described in the form of vector graphics.

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