Tabloid - Using
a broadsheet as a measure, one half of a broadsheet.
Tag - Grade of dense, strong paper used for products
such as badges and file folders.
Tagged Image File Format - Computer file format
used to store images from scanners and video devices. Abbreviated
Target Ink Densities - Densities of the four process
inks as recommended for various printing processes and grades of
paper. See also Total Area Coverage.
Template - Concerning a printing project's basic
details in regard to its dimensions. A standard layout.
Text Paper - Designation for printing papers with
textured surfaces such as laid or linen. Some mills also use 'text'
to refer to any paper they consider top-of-the-line, whether or not
its surface has a texture.
Thermography - Method of printing using colorless
resin powder that takes on the color of underlying ink. Also called
Thumbnails - Initial ideas jotted on virtually anything
in regard to initial concept of a future project.
Tint - Screening or adding white to a solid color
for results of lightening that specific color.
Tip In - Usually in the book arena, adding an additional
page(s) beyond the normal process (separate insertion).
Tone Compression - Reduction in the tonal range
from original scene to printed reproduction.
Total Area Coverage - Total of the dot percentages
of the process colors in the final film. Abbreviated for TAC. Also
called density of tone, maximum density, shadow saturation, total
dot density and total ink coverage.
Touch Plate - Plate that accents or prints a color
that four-color process printing cannot reproduce well enough or
at all. Also called kiss plate.
Trade Shop - Service bureau, printer or bindery
working primarily for other graphic arts professionals, not for the
Transparency - Positive photographic image on film
allowing light to pass through. Also called chrome, color transparency
and tranny. Often abbreviated TX.
Trap - To print one ink over another or to print
a coating, such as varnish, over an ink. The first liquid traps the
second liquid. See also Dry Traps and Wet Traps.
Trim Size - The size of the printed material in
its finished stage (e.g., the finished trim size is 5 1\2 x 8 1\2).