The Wells & Drew Printing Dictionary – K


kbyte (K):
kilobyte. one thousand bytes. 1024 bytes, a binary 1,000.
kelvin, 5000 degrees:
higher color temperatures (5,000 K or more) are cool (blueish white) colors; lower color temperatures (2,700–3,000 K) are warm (yellowish white through red) colors.
in graphics,refers to the amount of space between characters, initially determined by the design of the font. You can adjust the spacing between to make it more aesthetically pleasing.
a black lined area on a layout or art board indicating a precise area for the placement of a color or black and white reproduction. It is generally noted specifically to use the black line to “trap” the photo to the background or to drop the black line and simply use the keyline to create the window for a halftone placement.
kiss impression:
printing performed with only slight pressure. The normal procedure for quality printing.
knife coating:
a coating applied to a web of paper by a doctor blade or knife which spreads the coating evenly across the web.
kraft paper:
although almost all chemical wood pulp papers in the United States are made by the sulphate process, this term is normally used in reference to packaging and industrial papers.
an area on a printer’s spot-color overlay in which the overlapping color is deleted so the background color shows through.