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Term of the Week: Gutters

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A gutter is a screen printing term used to describe a small line that is cut in an underbase to help avoid bleeding between two colors that will touch on top of the underbase. 

This can save money and headaches by helping the ink stop where it should and not bleed into other colors. If it is produced properly, it is not noticeable in the final print and bleeding is controlled without extra flashes being added. 

Source: Thomas Trimingham