Notebook

Technical Printing Terms

If you’re new to the printing world, it can be hard to know what the industry terms mean. As a guide, here is a helpful resource to help translate each item on your proposal into layman's terms

Printing Term / Abbreviation

"p"

"pcs"

GSM

W/F

PMS

CMYK

0

1

2

4

5/0

1PMS

2PMS

4PMS

PPI

C1S

C2S

Definition

pages (ex: 4p = 4 pages)

pieces, quantity (ex: 2 pcs = contains 2 separate parts)

 

paper thickness

wood free paper

Pantone color (printing with ink)

 

Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Key (4 cylinder printing)

 

no printing 

 

1 = Key/Black 

 

2 = 2 color CMYK printing 

 

4 = 4 color CMYK printing 

 

5/0 = 4 color CMYK printing + 1 Pantone color 

 

1PMS = 1 Pantone Color

 

2PMS = 2 Pantone Colors

 

4PMS = 4 Pantone Colors

 

PPI = Pages per inch 

 

C1S = Coated One Side

 

C2S = Coated Two Sides

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