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Printing Glossary – Terms starting with N

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A term to describe papers that have a color similar to that of wood, also called cream, off-white or ivory.

Natural Color

Very light brown color of paper. May also be called antique, cream, ivory, off-white or mellow white


Signatures assembled inside one another in the proper sequence for binding, as compared to gathered. Also called inset

Neutral Gray

Gray with no hue or cast

News Print

Paper used in printing newspapers. Considered low quality and “a short life use.” Newton Ring Flaw in a photograph or halftone that looks like a drop of oil or water


A light, low-cost unbleached paper made especially for newspaper printing.


In the book binding process, a stage where air is expelled from it’s contents at the sewing stage

Nonheatset Web

Web press without a drying oven, thus not able to print on coated paper. Also called cold-set web and open web

Nonimpact Printing

Printing using lasers, ions, ink jets or heat to transfer images to paper

Nonreproducing Blue

Light blue that does not record on graphic arts film, therefore may be used to preprint layout grids and write instructions on mechanicals. Also called blue pencil, drop-out blue, fade-out blue and nonrepro blue

Novelty Printing

Printing on products such as coasters, pencils, balloons, golf balls and ashtrays, known as advertising specialties or premiums