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Glossary of Terms - C

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(Four Color Process) The process of combining four basic colors to create a printed color picture or colors composed from the basic four colors. Cyan (C), Magenta (M), Yellow (Y), Black (K)


Pressure sensitive writing paper that does not use carbon.

Clip art

Ready-made artwork sold or distributed for clipping and pasting into publications. Available in hard-copy books, and in electronic form, as files on disk.


A finishing term for gathering paper in a precise order.

Color separations

The process of preparing artwork, photographs, transparencies, or computer generated art for printing by separating into the four primary printing colors.

Comb bind

To plastic comb bind by inserting the comb into punched holes.


Illustrations, photographs or computer files that contain gradient tones from black to white or light to dark.

Crash number

Numbering paper by pressing an image on the first sheet which is transferred to all parts of the printed set.


To cut off parts of a picture or image.

Crop marks

Printed lines showing where to trim a printed sheet.

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