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Any material (text or artwork) to be used in printing a piece.

Cover Paper

A category of thick paper commonly used for covers of books, brochures, menus, and catalogs covers.


To cut off sides or portions of an image.

Crop Marks

A thin pair of lines on each corner to show where the final cut will take place. Also called "Tic Marks" For more information on the cutting process, Click Here.


Printing across the gutter or from one page to the facing page of a publication.


Abbreviation for Customer Service Representative.


The process of drying inks or coatings after printing to ensure good adhesion and prevent unintended sticking of sheets or offset.

Customer Service Representative

Employee of a printer, service bureau, separator or other business who coordinates projects and keeps customers informed. Abbreviated CSR.

Cutting Tolerance

The margin of error that a cutting machine for paper is allowed to vary from in normal, reasonable production. Standard cutting tolerances are 1/32 inch to 1/8 inch.


Shade of blue; one of four basic ink colors used in 4 color printing process.