Registration relates to the importance of precision alignment and placement. Proper registration means that any ink impression on the paper occurs in the precise position as intended.
Remittance envelopes are typically used by charities, billing agencies, schools, churches, mail order companies, and by other businesses and organizations for ordering or remittance applications. They provide a large printing surface for order blanks and other information required by the sender.
An aqueous coating is a fast-drying, water-based, protective coating which is applied in-line on press to attain a selection of finishes more economical price than varnish. Aqueous coatings are not used in a printing unit, as varnishes are further distinguishing them apart from each other.
Aqueous coatings are applied to a printed sheet right after the inks, in a coating unit. Directly after the coating is applied, the sheets are sent through a heated air system that quickly dries the coating. The printed sheets can progress to the finishing department in a matter of minutes, as opposed to traditional varnishes which may need hours or even days to dry.
This type of coatings provide marvelous rub and scuff resistance. They give protection that far exceeds standard varnishes. It protects the product from harmful elements from the shipment through to end use. They are available in gloss and matte finishes.
We offer satin and gloss aqueous coatings in our sheetfed press department.
A type of adhesive that is used to secure patch material to the envelope blank.
An opening cut out of the face or back of the envelope which allows the addressed insert to show through. Windows can be patched with plastic, cellophane or glassine patch material or left open with no patch.
Varnish is essentially ink without pigment. It requires its own printing unit on a printing press. It can be wet-trapped (printed in-line at the same time other inks are laid down), or dry-trapped (run as an additional pass through the press after the initial ink coating has dried). The latter often provides a glossier finish. Varnish comes in gloss, dull, and satin (in-between dull and gloss), and can be tinted by adding pigment to the varnish.
Paper which does not have a coated surface, i.e. wove, vellum, smooth finish paper.
Trap or Trapping
Trapping is a prepress technique, also known as spreading and choking. It consists of creating small overlaps between abutting colors in order to mask registration problems on the printing press later on in the graphical production.
Sometimes called hairline registration, tight registration refers to designs which feature two or more colors touching each other, or colors that are less than 1/16″ from each other.
When the ink from one sheet rubs off or smears onto the next sheet or envelope as it is being processed.
A pattern printed on the inside of the envelope to make the envelope more opaque so that contents cannot be read through the paper. Security tints are usually printed using flexo in-line as the envelope is being folded.
The area that is glued to form the envelope – depending on construction seams can be side, diagonal or center seams.
A crease embossed into the paper to facilitate folding.
To impress or indent a mark or rule in the paper to make folding easier.
Printing from a series of two or more half-tone plates to produce intermediate colors and shades, i.e. four color process (4CP) uses four half-tone plates, one each for yellow, magenta, cyan and black to create realistic photographic quality images.
A clear, translucent and recyclable material that is used to cover a window in an envelope.
Pantone Matching System (PMS)
Pantone Matching System: Frequently abbreviated to PMS, the Pantone Matching System is a book of standard printing industry ink colors with various shades of each color. These colors are used to identify the colors used for printing as well as for matching.
The process of using an intermediate blanket cylinder to transfer an image from the plate to the paper. Offset provides superior image quality compared to other printing processes.
The work done to setup a folder or press to run a job.
A proprietary color formulation associated with a trademark protected logo, i.e. Coca-Cola red, Kodak yellow, UPS brown.
Copy suitable for reproduction without using half-tone screens.
An offset printing process that imprints folded envelopes on a small 2-5 color printing machine. JET delivers offset quality with some limitations on copy position, resolution and registration.
High Definition Envelope
A full color printed envelope featuring brilliant colors and evocative images. HD Envelopes are designed to stand-out in the mailbox, pique interest and get opened. Used by direct mailers, HD Envelopes are proven to lift response rates and improve ROI.
A state of the art flat sheet offset printing press for sheets up to 28” X40”. Finest print quality available. The number of color or coating units varies by press. Minimum 4 color units required to print photographic quality process color. Typical presses have 4-8 color units plus additional units to apply coatings and varnishes. “Perfecting” presses can print both sides of the sheet in one pass.
A graphic design featuring a heavy concentration of color or images.
Images that are converted into a pattern of precisely sized and positioned dots. The number of dots per inch determines clarity of image – more dots per inch produces a sharper image.
“Flexo” as it is called, is a print process using water based inks transferred by special rollers onto a raised type printing plate that applies the image directly to uncoated paper. Flexo print units mounted within the envelope folder allow for economical print and fold in a single operation. Time consuming make-ready means flexo is best suited for runs over 200M. Flexo image quality is good for type and line copy. Flexo is not a substitute for offset if precise color match, process build color or coated papers are required.
There are three types of flaps on an envelope – Side, Bottom and Seal. The Side flaps are the tabs that are folded and gummed to form the envelope pocket. The Bottom flap is the protion of the envelope that folds up and is sealed along the sides edges to the side flaps to form the pocket. The Seal flap is the flap that is folded down and sealed after inserting contents. Seal flaps may have remoistenable, latex or peel and stick adhesive closures. Seal flaps may be square, pointed or tapered. Standard flap styles such as Commercial, Square, Pointed and Wallet are specified depending on the envelope’s intended use. Commercial flaps are designed to be compatible with automatic inserting and sealing machines. Square and Pointed flaps are used in social correspondence, invitations and greeting card envelopes. Wallet flaps’ extended length and over-sized gum pattern are used to seal securely and enclose thick multi-page contents.
Machines used to fold envelope blanks or narrow web rolls into finished envelopes. Folders can be product and size specific. Of modular construction, a folder may have sections to perform special operations such as panel cutting and patching, application of various types of closures as well as in-line printing flexographic printing presses.
A shaped flat piece of paper that is scored and folded into an envelope. Blanks vary based on the size, style, flap and throat specifications of the envelope. Envelope folders that process blanks are called “blank-fed” folders.
A process of stamping a decorative pattern into paper using pressure and an engraved roller or raised die to achieve a raised or depressed surface.
Process of cutting paper into envelope blanks using a steel die.
The science of accurate and consistent color reproduction across multiple printing processes and presses. Color management uses special software, calibration tools, materials and operating procedures to achieve precise color matching and minimize color variation.
Water based clear sealant over-print applied on press to create special visual effects, protect against scuffing or encapsulate slower drying pigmented inks so that sheets can be die-cut and folded quickly. See Coatings and Varnishes white paper.
The return address in the form of type and/or logo in the left hand upper corner of an envelope.
Papers that have a gloss or matte surface. Coated papers are made with coating on one side, (C1S) or on both sides, (C2S). Coated papers provide a superior base for inks that results in clearer more dramatic color and image.
Refers to the position or alignment of copy relative to some fixed point of reference or when printing two or more colors that are printed side by side in extremely tight proximity. See Traps.
A reusable closure where a bendable metal tab is riveted to the back of the envelope. Clasps are most commonly used on catalog envelopes.
A printed envelope included in a direct mail package by the sender to facilitate return of the customer’s remittance at customer’s expense.
A printed envelope included in a direct mail package provided by the sender to facilitate return of the customers’ remittance postage paid.
An extra amount of printed image that extends beyond the trim edge, fold or off the edge of a sheet or envelope blank.
Individual die-cut shaped flat sheets of paper that are folded to make an envelope.
Term used to describe the weight of 500 sheets, one ream, of a standard sized sheet of paper.
Envelope style used for social stationery and greeting cards. Open side, diagonal seam with a pointed flap. Baronial style envelopes come in five standard sizes. Baronial style envelopes are not machine insertable.
A programmable machine that automatically cuts multiple envelope blanks out of a larger sheet. Programs in the machine’s memory can be recalled to repeat common standard sizes or custom jobs.