Common abbreviations for print products

We've prepared an article where you can find all abbreviations which are used in the print industry widely around the world, so all our customers and print facilities need to create their orders according to these abbreviations.

Type of Binding:

CW – Case wrap (hardcover)
PB – Perfect binding (softcover)
DJ – Dust jacket
PUR – Polyurethane reactive adhesive, type of softcover bookbinding
SAS – Saddle stitch 
CO – Coil binding

Material Colors:

BW – Black/White
FC – Full color


INK – Inkjet
TNR – Toner
OFF – Offset
DWF – Digital wide format
UV Gloss – Ultraviolet finishing

Ink colors:

1-0 OFF – black and white (one side)
4-0 OFF – full colors (one side)
4-4 OFF – full color (double side)


P – Portrait
L – Landscape
S – Square
C – Circle


SS – Single-sided
DS – Double-sided
SF – Single fold

Organization Group:

GA – Global available
RA – Region available

Length/Weight Unit:

In – Inches
Mm – Millimetre
Cm – Centimeter
Gsm – Grams per square meter (used for paperweight)
LBS – Pound unit of mass

Material Type:

ART – Art Gloss
OFF – Offset Paper
PBB – Poster Blueback
SCB – Silk Coated Board
PPS – Poster Paper Satin
PPM – Poster Paper Matte
MCS – Machine Coated Silk
MCG – Machine Coated Gloss
PVC – Polyvinyl 
ECB – Gloss coated graphical board

Fold type (used for folders):

Z Fold 
W Fold 
Half Fold 
Roll Fold 
Gate Fold 


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