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Vocabulary: May 6

6 May


Matrix: (1) An arrangement of typesetting characters in a case or font grid. (2) In hot-metal typesetting, the molds from which relief metal type characters are formed by pouring or pressing hot metal. (3) In flexographic platemaking, the mold cast from a metal engraving into thermosetting materials from which a rubber flexo plate is shaped.

Mount: (1) To secure the page elements to a layout board. (2) To fasten the plate or blanket to an offset press. (3) The wood or metal base on which a letterpress printing plate is permanently fastened for use on a press.


Vocabulary: May 3

3 May


Ligature: Two or more characters that are specially modified in design to be cast or exposed together as one unit frequently with connecting strokes. Some examples include “fi” and “fl.”

Manuscript: The original text copy submitted to the typesetter electronically, on a computer disk, or in typewritten form.

Vocabulary: April 29

29 Apr


Illustration Program: A program used to create object oriented graphics. We use Illustrator CS2 and CS4 in Graphic Arts at Diamond Ranch High School.

Incident Light: Rays of light that travel from a light source to an object.

Vocabulary: April 28

28 Apr


Gutter: (1) A gutter is a standard size gap that separates a design or text area into columns. (2) The inside margin between facing pages, or the margin at the binding edge. Alternative terms: gutter margin; back margin.

Hairline: (1) The secondary stroke of a letter, usually thinner than the stem. (2) The thinnest line that can be reproduced by an output device.

Vocabulary: April 27

27 Apr


Fold Marks: Guides on the pasteup that indicate where a printed piece will be creased.

Greeked Text: Simulated (fake) text used to represent type, e.g., the use of gray bars or “dummy” characters to represent text in a layout so that the design of the document will be emphasized rather than its content.

Vocabulary: April 26

26 Apr


Exposure Setting: The lens opening and shutter speed selected to expose the film.

Fit: (1) A term used to describe the horizontal spacing or relationship between two or more characters. Fit can be altered by kerning or modifying the the horizontal width (set width) assigned to characters. Evaluating fit is generally subjective. (2) In regard to presswork, see image fit.

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