Frequently Asked Questions
Let’s cut through the jargon and explain some of the terms we use.
Glossary – All you need to know about paper sizes
A0 1189 x 840mm
A1 840 x 594mm
A2 594 x 841mm
A3 420 x 297mm
A4 297 x 210mm
A5 210 x 148mm
A6 148 x 105mm
SRA1 640 x 900mm
SRA2 450 x 640mm
SRA3 320 x 450mm
SRA4 225 x 320mm
An abbreviation for cyan, magenta, yellow and black – the four process ink colours used to create all colours in print
A proof produced directly from a computer, often in Acrobat PDF format. Care must be taken when considering digital proofs due to colour consistency.
Encapsulation protects documents from hard ware.
A technique used to simulate the effect of lighting on the landscape of a map so that the topography appears to be in 3D – see also topography below..
A clear coating applied to printed sheets to give either a matt or gloss finish. Usually applied to the outer covers of brochures. Laminates help protect the document from moisture and ware, as well as being aesthetically pleasing.
A map specifically created to show the location of an office or retail park, including a route / direction planner.
Colouring is used on the map to hi-light altitudes, for example, between 0 > 200 metres, green, 200 > 500 metres , yellow and above 500 metres, brown.
A map that shows each country in a different colour to hi-light the territory of each country.
A map created to hi-light a national or International business, usually including their company logo and sales offices, manufacturing units or distribution network.
A copy of a print job prior to printing to ensure that there are no errors and to show how the printed product will appear. Proofs can be supplied in digital format (PDF by email) or a hard copy, printed.
A spot colour is an extra or special colour that is used in addition to the CMYK four colour process and is often referred to as a Pantone colour.
This relates to the size of the map in relation to the actual size on the ground . For example 1:1million means one unit of length on the map relates to one million units of length on the ground, for example 1 inch shown on the map equates to one million inches on the ground.
Maps also often incorporate a scale bar indicating the distance of either a mile or a kilometre on the map.
A map showing the geographical detail of a region, often used in maps showing contours.