Glossary of Paper Terms

Glossary of Paper Terms

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Kerning
A method in composition of changing the spacing between type; brings the type closer together.
Key Plate
In color printing, the plate used as a guide for the register of other colors. It normally contains the most detail.
Keyline
In artwork, an outline drawing of finished art to indicate the exact shape, position and size for such elements as halftones, line sketches, etc…
Kiss Impression
Printing performed with only slight pressure. The normal procedure for quality printing.
Kiss Pressure
The minimum pressure at which proper ink transfer is possible.
Kiss-Cut
Partial cut through.
Kraft Process
A chemical pulping process that cooks down the tree to remove lignin, retaining the fibers for paper making. Free sheet papers are made in the kraft process.

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