Printing is the act of transferring ink to paper, which results in the formation of texts and illustrations. While a lot has changed over the years, printing continues to be a vital part of the information economy. However, its role may be changing, as it is becoming increasingly associated with other technologies that can preserve and distribute large amounts of information without the physical concept of pressure.
In computers, the term “print” refers to the process of generating copies from files or documents. Depending on the type of file and computer program, there are many different steps involved in printing; but most programs have adopted a standard set of steps. To begin, the file or document must be located and open, as well as have a printer installed and configured. Afterward, the File menu is selected and then the Print button is clicked.
A round device used to indicate how much an original image must be reduced or enlarged to yield a specific reproduction size. Also called proportion wheel, percentage wheel and scaling dial.
Category of paper made in weights, colors and surfaces suited for books, magazines and catalogs. Also known as book paper and stock.
Embossed finish on text paper that simulates the pattern of linen cloth. Also called line work and block work.
Symbols and abbreviations used on manuscripts and proofs to reveal errors or flaws, predict results on press and record how a printing job is intended to look when finished. Also referred to as correction marks and standard symbols.