Accordian Folds

An Accordian Fold An Accordian Fold “Accordian Folds” Glossary Definition: Typically accordian folds are simple zig-zag folds with 6-panels and two parallel folds that go in opposite directions. Each panel of the accordian fold is about the same size. Variations include half-accordian folds where one panel is half the size of the other two and […]

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Trapping Tutorial Manual and Automatic Trapping When trapping is called for you need to know where and how to accomplish it. In this lesson we are simply providing an overview of the options. If trapping is necessary you have the option of trapping it yourself or leaving that job to your service bureau or printer. […]

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Trapping Tutorial Chokes and Spreads Fill the Gaps Let lighter colors expand into darker colors. In order to compensate for minor misalignments on the printing press you need to slightly overlap your touching colors. Then, if one color shifts slightly you won’t get a white space (or whatever color your paper is) between colors. Choke […]

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Trapping Tutorial Knockouts May Require Trapping What looks like two overlapping circles prints as a circle and a crescent In most cases, when two objects of different colors overlap they knockout — they won’t print on top of each other. In the above illustration it looks as if a dark gray circle is printing on […]

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Trapping Tutorial Avoid Touching or Almost Touching Colors Colors that are not touching but very close can cause registration problems too.   Design with the intention of avoiding the need for trapping. If you are printing letterhead with red and blue elements make sure that the two colors never meet each other. If there is […]


Trapping Get definitions, illustrations, and tutorials for understanding trapping and how and when it is necessary. Articles & Resources Trapping – When Colors Touch How to Prevent Gaps and Avoid the Need for Trapping Trapping digital files is the process of compensating for misregistration on the printing press by printing small areas of overlapping color […]


Q. What’s the Difference Between a Dummy and a Comp? Page Layout FAQ A dummy and a comp (short for comprehensive artwork or composite design) are both mock-ups of work done by graphic designers. A. Generally comps are the preliminary layouts of several different design options that you show to a client for them to […]


Diecuts Definition: Done after printing as part of the finishing process, diecuts are areas of the document that are partially or completely cut, shaped, or cut-out in a variety of shapes. The die is a steel blade used to punch out the desired shape. Printers often have standard dies for common cuts. Custom dies can […]


Folding | Scoring There is an art to folding paper, even simple folds require planning. Get tips and tutorials on paper folding and scoring paper. Find definitions and illustrations for many common paper folds and related terms. Following the definitions for various types of fold are numerous links to outside sites that further describe how […]

Digital Proof

“Digital Proofs” Glossary Definition: A digital proof is a color prepress proofing method where a job is printed from the digital file using inkjet, color laser, dye sublimation, or thermal wax print technologies to give a good approximation of what the final printed piece will look like. The digital proof is generally less expensive than […]