Additional Terminology

The following are general terms and specifications that may or may not apply to your next project.  We hope these are of help when developing specifications or talking with your printer about specific issues.


The printing area that extends beyond the trim size. When preparing files, the bleed area should extend 2mm or 1/8th past the crop marks.

Binding Format

Landscape (horizontal), Portrait (vertical) or square.

Blind Stamp

cWhere the image is either debossed or embossed on a cover, case cover, or dustjacket without using ink or foil.


The cover of a hard bound book.


A recessed impression on the surface of a cover, jacket, or case cover.