10 questions to test your printing knowledge

10 questions to test your printing knowledge:
( Answers can be seen the bottom part of this article, but do not peek before answering it by yourself, :) )

According to Gartner, printers, the supplies associated with them and the support required to keep them operating represent 5% of the typical IT budget. How much do you know about printers and related technology? Take our quiz to find out! Want to study up a little first? See our glossary of printing terms.

1. This term is what P.S. stands for on a letter. It's also the name of a programming language that describes the appearance of a printed page.

What's the name of this term?

2. This printing method, which creates raised and colored areas on paper, is often seen in wedding invitations, business cards and letterheads.

What kind of process is it?

3. Which of the following is the oldest form of printing:
a. gravure
b. flexography
c. letterpress
d. screen printing

4. In printing, DPI is the standard measure of printed image quality on the paper.
What does DPI stand for?

5. Engineers at IBM, Kodak, General Electric and RCA turned the inventor of this copying technology away, saying his idea for using electrostatic charges was useless.

6. Printers are generally classified as "impact" and "non-impact." Which category does a laser printer fall into?

7. This standard feature of Windows NT, 2000, XP, Vista and Windows 7 allows a group of printers to share the same name and function as if they were one printer.

8. This is a computer program that sequences print jobs by temporarily storing them in a buffer and sending each one to the printer when the printer is able to process it.

9. This is a dedicated computer that supports a network printer.

10. This is the name of an industry standard for firmware (built-in software) that allows digital cameras and printers to communicate directly with each other.

Below are the answers:



10 Tips To Improve Your Design For Better Printing Quality

With the below 10 tips, we hope to help novice designers on their way to better print design. The tips are for print design in general: doesn't matter if it's a brochure or a poster or the identity In no particular order.

1.) Remember to bleed

2.) Overprint is fun

3.) Keep the necessary border on the paper
4.) Paper size standards are great, but don't let them hold you back
5.) Readability for People
6.) Amount of content: less is more

7.) Stick to the grid

8.) Typography is king

9.) Invert

10.) Be demanding about photographic content

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Ten Questions For Testing Your Knowledge Of Printing

Ten Questions For Testing Your Knowledge Of Printing

 1. For rush projects on an offset/traditional press, does uncoated stock or coated stock allow the ink to dry faster?

  A. Uncoated

  B. Coated  

2. Small quantity projects are typically printed on a digital press. What is the maximum sheet size (including bleeds) that can be printed on our Kodak NexPress?

  A. 11" x 17"

  B. 12" x 20"

  C. 13.4" x 35.6"

  D. 28" x 40"

3. True or False: All 100 lb Cover paper is the same thickness.

  A. True

  B. False  

4. What is the largest paper size we can run on our offset presses?

  A. 20" x 24"

  B. 23" x 35"

  C. 25" x 38"

  D. 28" x 40"  

5. True or False: File preparation (graphic design) can be the same regardless of whether the printing method is digital press or offset/traditional press.

  A. True

  B. False  

6. True or False: For short-run or variable data projects, digital press production is limited to 4-color process.

  A. True

  B. False  

7. True or False: If producing a printed envelope, using color that bleeds off the edge or butts to the top will cause the piece to be very expensive, and the envelopes must be converted from flat press sheets.

  A. True

  B. False

8. Which of the following type of paper is generally most expensive?
  A. Uncoated

  B. Gloss coated

  C. Dull/matte/satin/silk coated

  D. It depends  

9. If designing a document with large areas of solid black, what is the best way to build that?

  A. Use 100% black

  B. Use 100% of all colors

  C. Use a combination of all colors

  D. None of the above  

10. True or False: If producing a pocket folder or other die cut piece, an existing die should be used, or the cost will be dramatically higher when creating a custom die.

  A. True

  B. False  

Answers for Above Questions can be found here:



Want To Test Your Printing Knowledge?

Want To Test Your Printing Knowledge?

Please check with the common printing questions as in below:

1. From what material was the earliest paper made?
A. Bark
B. Bamboo
C. Silk
D. Cloth scraps and plant fiber

2. What materials were used for type before Gutenberg's invention?
A. Clay
B. Bronze
C. Wood
D. All of the above

3. Where was the first ink factory established?
A. England
B. France
C. Colonial America
D. Spain

4. As used on a printing press, what is a blanket?
A. The large sheet used to cover it at night to keep it clean.
B. A full coating of ink.
C. A rubber sheet that transfers ink to the paper.
D. The mat beneath the press to reduce static discharges.

5. What is process color printing?
A. Printing with inks that are machine processed.
B. Printing with more than one ink.
C. Printing that uses four inks to produce a full spectrum of color.
D. Printing with a special procedure in
which each color is processed before the next is applied.

6. In printing, the term trapping refers to:
A. Catching rats that would otherwise chew on the press blankets.
B. Catching paper in a small cage as it comes out of the press.
C. The slight overlapping of colored printing areas.
D. A new term for choking and spreading.

The Answers for the above questions can be found here:

Test Your Printing Knowledge


Common Printing Vocabulary, Printing Terms

Common Printing Vocabulary, Printing Terms

Book binding
Chinese traditional thread sewing
Paper cover binding
Rich binding
Costly binding
Butterfly fold binding
Scroll binding
Accordion binding
Ordinary binding
Joint binding
Rough binding
Double leaved
Book spiral binding
Screw post binding
Loose leaf binding
Rounding back
Saddle stitching
Flat back
Flat stitching
Thread sewing
Parallel thread sewing
Across thread sewing
Glue binding
Perfect binding
Wire side stitching
Sew binding
Plastic thread sealing
Nole stitching
two-up binding
machine binding
book block processing
raking register
folded insert
back baking
ganging up
tie up
casing in
knocking out the groove
building in
pasted board
brush back
brush glue
bag making
headbanding and lining
reversal and pile
decorative finishing
foil stamping
register gilt
gilt edging
color edging
marble edging
die cutting
book block
fore edge
rip slit
back edge
goffered edge
off cut
overhang cover edges
corner wrapping
book groove
fly page
book case
dust cover
inner book waist
interleaving paper
book backing paper
inside back cover
soft packing
hard packing
book waist
book back
Exact size
Untrimmed book
Trimmed book
Sheet in
Rounding edge
Square edge
Round connected edge
broken line
book groove
lower sheet
hot glue
off cut
cold glue
saw pitch
3 fold section
4 fold section
Book binding adhesives
Side glue
Head band
half affinitize
color leaf
Exact size
straw board
cover board
edge square
leather cloth
machinery for post-press
pressing machine
adhesive binding line
folding machine
book case making machine
blocking machine
glazing machine
coating machine
rounding and backing machine
round bending machine
film laminating
book covering machine
book stitcher
stitching machine
gold stamping machine
collating machine
three knife trimmer
bundling machine
die cutting rule
blind sheet
imperfect sheet
imperfect collating
missing leaf
double sheets


Printing Knowledge: WHAT IS A QR CODE?

So you may have heard that QR Codes are set to become the 'next big thing' but thinking to yourself, what is a QR Code? QR or Quick Response Codes are a type of two-dimensional barcode that can be read using smartphones and dedicated QR reading devices , that link directly to text, emails, websites, phone numbers and more! You may have even got to this site by scanning a QR code!
Try to scan the below QR CODE to see the results:
Printing QR CODE
QR codes are huge in Japan and across the East, and are slowly beginning to become commonplace in the West. Soon enough you will see QR codes on product packaging, shop displays, printed and billboard advertisements as well as in emails and on websites. The scope of use for QR codes really is huge, particularly for the marketing and advertising of products, brands, services and anything else you can think of.
With as many as half of us now owning smartphones, and that number growing on a daily basis, QR Codes have the potential to have a major impact upon society and particularly in advertising, marketing and customer service with a wealth of product information just one scan away
In its simplest sense a QR Code is an 'image-based hypertext link' that can be used offline – any URL can be encoded into a QR Code so essentially any webpage can be opened automatically as a result of scanning the barcode. If you want to encourage someone to like your Facebook page – have your Facebook profile page as the URL. Want your video to go viral – encode the URL in your QR Code. The options are endless.
In addition to website URLs a QR Code can also contain a phone number – so when it is scanned it prompts the user to call a particular number. Similarly you can encode an SMS text message, V-card data or just plain alphanumeric text. The smartphone or 2D barcode reading device will automatically know which application to use to open the content embedded within the QR Code.
Generally speaking, the larger the QR Code, the easier it is for it to be scanned, however most QR reading devices are able to scan images that are small enough to fit on a business card for example. This of course assumes that the quality of image is good.
Denso-Wave - a subsidiary of the Toyota Group - are attributed with the creation of the QR Code as far back as 1994. Originally it was designed to be used to track parts in the vehicle manufacturing industry, but its use has since grown tremendously.

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