The A-Z Of Print And Design – Part 2

Today we focus on the next 8 letters of the printing alphabet with the letters I to P taking centre stage! Can you guess what some of these might be before we get started?

I is for … Inkjet

We decided to go for the no brainer here with the ever so popular Inkjet printing method. Most people will be well acquainted with this using their inkjet printer. They work by using jets that squirt miniscule drops of ink onto the surface. Have you got an Inkjet printer at home too?

J is for … Jacket

If you’ve ever bought a hardback book then you’ll recognise the removable book Jacket that is supplied with it. This also known as a dust cover as it protects the book from any dust. While the cover underneath is often just simple binding, the jacket allows for the book design to be printed along with author information and a blurb.

Did you know?

The book jacket of The Great Gatsby influenced the novel itself? F. Scott Fitzgerald saw the book jacket halfway through writing and included it.

K is for … Kiss Cutting

Kiss cutting is a method of die-cutting that is most often used for creating self-adhesive prints. Using this method, the face stock is die cut however the backing sheet carefully remains as it is, allowing the sticker to be peeled off with ease without pulling the backing as well.


L is for … Legend

If you’ve ever looked at a map, infographic, chart or other document that includes a lot of information, you may notice that there is often a small list that provides further information to help understand the information. This Legend can include providing information as to what each colour on a chart signifies or what a specific symbol means on a map.

M is for … Microprint

A useful anti-counterfeiting technique, Microprint is the process of printing patterns or characters at a scale far smaller than is readable with the naked eye. This often means the magnification is required to read and means that attempts to reproduce them often end up simply producing either a dotted or single line, signifying a counterfeit. They are most often found on currency.

Did You Know?

A fascinating fact surrounding microprint is that the Singaporean $1,000 note has the entire lyrics of their national anthem printed in microtext!

N is for … Negative Space

This is the space in magazines, books, leaflets and even websites that are not occupied by either type or graphics. Negative Space is also called white space and can be used to specifically draw attention to desired areas by ensuring that users do not spend too much time looking at areas where there is nothing to see.

O is for … Offset

A commonly used printing technique, Offset printing is when the inked image is transferred directly from a plate onto a rubber blanket and then further onto the printing surface. This method of printing is frequently used for newspapers, stationery, brochures and more as it is often ideal for printing large volume at high quality.

P is for … Perfect Binding

If you’ve ever read a paperback book, then chances are that you have a book that has been bound using the Perfect Binding method. This involves gluing the pages and cover together along the spine. The glue used is strong enough to keep the pages together while also being flexible enough to allow for reading.

Make sure to check back in on Friday to see the final part of our guide, finishing off the alphabet with letters Q – Z!

Sarah Jubb