Are you confused by packaging terminology? Use this table below to decode the bulk of the jargon.
This is additional image area which allows trimming to cut into the bleed when colour/images are designed to the edge of the sheet.
(Grey board, quite limp)
Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black – the four colour process system widely used to achieve the majority of colours.
A type of box base, which forms automatically when you form the box, a more involved gluing process too.
The process of converting sheets to a flat box by cutting it to shape using a metal die (or punch)
As the name suggests, an envelope style tuck in which holds more securely than traditional tuck in.
Folding Box Board
A separate die cut piece of card to hold your product within the box.
An offline process where foil is applied using heat and a foiling die, leaving a reflective finish
Four Colour Process
Paper is made of long fibres, the grain direction determines which way they appear across the sheet.
Grams Per Square Metre – the weight of a material
Card for Fridge / Freezer use
White backed folding box board
A part of the proofing process which achieves a close colour match of the final product.
A plastic film with gloss of matt finish which covers the whole sheet
Printed inks that hold a metallic flake.
Microns are the thickness of the material (more common in packaging)
The colour mixing system most widely used for spot colours
Similar to fitment, though usually at the base of a box.
Reverse Tuck In
When a box has a tuck in at each end the open at opposing hinges.
These proofs have been run through a prepress system to identify potential file issues.
Side Seam Glue
This as it sounds, is a one glued seam to form a box, very common
Mixing and printing specific colours (not CMYK)
A traditional tuck in lid used for lids and sides to seal a box.
An off-line thick varnish which is UV cured
Gloss or matt clear varnish Printed on press
White lined Chipboard