To help you get started, here are the critical terms in both prepress and screen printer lingo:
Bleed – the amount of spare space necessary when ink runs of the page edge.
Finished size refers to the final size of the print item after it has been folded, trimmed and ready for distribution.
Line Screen refers to the number of rows of dots per inch. You don't want to buy shirts in bulk and then find you were short, so get this right.
Lineup includes all images that must line up together once the piece is folded or collated. This includes images from all the pages.
Page Count the number of pages in a book once folded and bound. A sheet, for instance, can make two pages when folded.
Plus Cover when another material for the cover is used other than the material in the inside pages.
Process this is otherwise known as CMYK or full color printing. The printing process where cyan, magenta, yellow and black are used to formulate other colors.
Self cover – when same material in the inner pages is used as cover.
Portable Printer terms:
Resolution is the level of detail printable by a printer. The level can be indicated by dots per inch (dpi).
Thermal printing is a printing technology that utilizes heat to print. In this technology, ink and ribbons are dispensed with.
Thermal transfer is a printing technique that utilizes heat to transfer texts and images from a ribbon. Fusion printing is the other term for thermal transfer printing. It does not necessitate special paper.
Understanding printing terms is important in order to get or convey accurate details of the printing job including the materials and price. If you buy shirts in bulk, you are saving a ton of money on the front end and each mistake raises your bottom line. Lack of understanding these terms may cost you a lot. Get it right and you save effort, time, money when you buy shirts in bulk.