Printing Glossary of Terms

Negative. Characteristic of an image on film or paper in which blacks in the original subject are white or clear and whites in the original are black or opaque. Also, piece of film on which negative image appears.

Negative space.Alternate term for White space.

Non-image area.Portion of mechanical, negative, or plate that will not print.

Non-reproducing blue. Light blue color that does not record on graphic arts film, therefore may be used to write instructions on mechanicals.

Novelty printing. Printing on products such as pencils, balloons, and ashtrays.

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