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Print terminology can be confusing and intimidating when you don’t understand it. If you can’t find the term you’re looking for, please call us on 023 9233 4900 and we’ll be pleased to help.

Recto

Right hand page of an open publication.

Registration marks

Crosses, or other marks, placed on artwork which ensure perfect alignment ('registration').

Registration marks (1)

Reference marks on the page used to align overlaying colours. Also known as trim marks or crop marks.

Resolution

The number of dots per inch (dpi) in a computer-processed document. The level of detail retained by a printed document increases the higher the resolution ppi (pixels per inch) for an image.

Reversed-out

Type appearing white on a black or colour background, either a solid or a tint.

RGB

An acronym for red, green and blue. RGB is a colour model used for computer monitors and colour video output systems. Colour separations for litho printing can not be made directly from RGB files and need to be converted to CMYK first.

RIP (raster image processor)

Computer used to create an electronic bitmap for actual output. This may be built into an imagesetter or may be separate.

Rosette

The formation created by the dots that make up four-color images. The dots, in magenta (red), cyan (blue), yellow, and black, overlap each other in a cluster. Because the dots are not perfectly round, and because they are turned at angles to each other, this cluster resembles the arrangement of petals in a rose.