5 printing terms explained

November 29, 2016 · Print This Article

Confused about the jargon in printing? The art of print design can be confusing and unfamiliar if you do not work with it every day. Minuteman Press in Vincent, East London has put together a short glossary for you to use on your journey through our world:


This is a device that measures the absorbance of particular wavelengths of light by a specific solution. Basically this is the device that helps transform the ink in the printer into the exact colour of your picture. This is to ensure the quality of the image is preserved at all temperatures, pressures and humidity levels.


Standing for dots per inch, DPI is the detailed ink output of your prints. Different prints require different DPI in order to maintain clarity and quality. Ideally, a higher DPI is better for images, but will use more ink.


Raster Image Processor – a software accessory that works as an enhanced printer driver, producing the highest possible quality output for text, bitmap graphics and vector art. An RIP isn’t essential, but it’s a useful add-on for large format work.

Large Format

Most printers print up to A3 on sheets or rolls, large format (or wide format) printers take printing to the next level from A2 to about 64 inches wide. Excellent for signage, banners and personalised wall paper.


When the printing people ask about finish, they want to know the feel and texture of the paper you want. This could be matte, gloss, laid, etc. The finish can enhance the impact of your prints, so choose the one that suits you best. Ask for samples if you are unsure.

Whether you know the lingo or not, all your printing needs will be met at one of the leading printing companies in Vincent, East London. Minuteman Press offers end-to-end printing products and services for your home and business, including full colour printing and black and white copies. Contact us today for more information.

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