Aqueous coating

Clear coating method used to protect printed pieces. It provides a high-gloss surface to protect the printed medium (brochures, catalogue covers, postcards etc.) from dirt and fingerprints.


All the original materials, including texts, photos, illustrations and other components needed to produce a printed piece.

Accordion fold

Folding technique which consists in bending each fold in the opposite direction of the previous fold, thus creating a pleated or accordion effect.

Anti-offset powder

Fine powder lightly sprayed over the printed surface of coated paper as sheets leave a press. Also called dust, offset powder, powder and spray powder.

Against the grain

Running a sheet of paper through a printing press at right angles to the grain direction of the paper, as opposed to with the grain.