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Designing a magazine layout - terminology

Our top 25 terms and definitions


We love magazines. We love both designing and reading them. Admiring clever layouts and bold choices. And even though we strongly believe online magazines are the future, there’s nothing better than the smell of a freshly printed copy of your favourite magazine. Ok, perhaps the smell of freshly baked croissants. Yeah, that’s probably better.

There’s nothing better than the smell of a freshly printed copy of your favourite magazine.

There’s nothing better than the smell of a freshly printed copy of your favourite magazine.

Magazine terminology

There’s no denying online magazines find their origins in their paper counterparts and they share a lot of the same layout design rules, the same methods to spruce up your page and the same terminology. For this list we’ve focussed on the ‘old school’ paper magazines terms.


Glossary of our top 25 magazine layout terms and definitions

Whether you want to have a proper discussion with other designers, google the solution to layout issues you’re encountering or look really smart when selling your magazine design to your customer, it helps to know the proper layout design terms. We’ve put together a comprehensive list of the terms you’ll probably want to know.


Ok, technically It might not be a top 25 when you put them in alphabetical order instead of ranking them…



Adobe


Baseline


Binding


Bleed


Body text


CMYK


Column


Copy


Crop marks


Foldout


Gutter


Kerning


Layout


Pantone (PMS) colors


Pixel images


Prepress


Registration marks


Resolution


Slug


Spread


Table of contents


Trim


Typography


Vector images


White space






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