Jargon buster

Print terminology can be confusing and intimidating. It's one of the reasons you'll always be able to speak to someone over the phone at Bishops to help you.

Backing up

Process of printing on the second side of a printed sheet.


Process of fastening papers together. Bishops Printers is well known for stitched, perfect and PUR bound bindings. Our stitching line comprises 3 Heidelberg machines to ensure we have plenty of capacity.


A grid of pixels or printed dots generated by computer to represent type and images.


Thick rubber sheet that transfers ink from plate to paper on the press.


The printed image extends beyond the trim edge of a sheet or page. A bleed may occur at the head, front, foot and/or gutter of a page.


A smooth transition between two colours, also known as a graduated tint.

Blind emboss

Impression of an un-inked image onto the back of a sheet which produces a raised 'embossed' image on the front of the sheet.

Bond paper

A quality grade of paper suited for letterheads, business forms and other office stationery.


B-size describes a particular range of paper sizes as defined by the ISO standard.  The largest B-size that Bishops handles is B2 (520mm x 720mm). You can find further information about paper sizes here>.