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Chapter 23. Print > What is trapping?

What is trapping?

Trapping is the ever-so-slight overlapping of colors to prevent gaps from occurring during printing as a result of the plates potentially misaligning on press, or the paper shifting or stretching. In QuarkXPress, trapping is applied according to the way color in an object interacts with the color in an item behind it. Use the mini-glossary at right to familiarize yourself with trapping terminology.

Before exploring the circumstances in which trapping is necessary, we'll discuss a couple of circumstances in which trapping is unnecessary.


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