Print Glossary
  • Laid Finish

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    Finish on bond or text paper on which grids of parallel lines simulate the surface of handmade paper. Laid lines are close together and run against the grain; chain lines are farther apart and run with the grain.

  • Laminate

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    (A thin transparent plastic sheet (coating) applied to usually a thick stock (covers, post cards, etc.) providing protection against liquid and heavy use, and usually accents existing color, providing a glossy (or lens) effect.

  • Landscape

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    Artist style in which width is greater than height. (Portrait is opposite.)

  • Lap Register

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    Register where ink colors overlap slightly, as compared to butt register.

  • Laser Bond

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    Bond paper made especially smooth and dry to run well through laser printers.

  • Laser-imprintable Ink

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    Ink that will not fade or blister as the paper on which it is printed is used in a laser printer.

  • Lay Flat Bind

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    Method of perfect binding that allows a publication to lie fully open. (Also known as Lay Flat Perfect Binding.)

  • Lay Edge

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    The edge of a sheet of paper feeding into a press.

  • Layout

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    A sample of the original providing (showing) position of printed work (direction, instructions) needed and desired.

  • Leading

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    Amount of space between lines of type.

  • Leaf

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    One sheet of paper in a publication. Each side of a leaf is one page.

  • Ledger Paper

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    Strong, smooth bond paper used for keeping business records. Also called record paper.

  • Letter fold

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    Two folds creating three panels that allow a sheet of letterhead to fit a business envelope. Also called barrel fold and wrap around fold.

  • Letter Paper

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    SIn North America, 8 1/2' x 11' sheets. In Europe, A4 sheets.

  • Legend

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    Directions about a specific matter (illustrations) and how to use. In regard to maps and tables, an explanation of signs (symbols) used.

  • Letterpress

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    Method of printing from raised surfaces, either metal type or plates whose surfaces have been etched away from image areas. Also called block printing.

  • Lightweight Paper

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    Book paper with basis weight less than 40# (60 gsm).

  • Lignin

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    Substance in trees that holds cellulose fibers together. Free sheet has most lignin removed; groundwood paper contains lignin.

  • Line Negative

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    Negative made from line copy.

  • Linen Finish

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    Embossed finish on text paper that simulates the pattern of linen cloth.

  • Lithography

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    Method of printing using plates whose image areas attract ink and whose nonimage areas repel ink. Nonimage areas may be coated with water to repel the oily ink or may have a surface, such as silicon, that repels ink.

  • Live Area

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    Area on a mechanical within which images will print. Also called safe area.

  • Logo (Logotype)

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    A company, partnership or corporate creation (design) that denotes a unique entity. A possible combination of letters and art work to create a "sole" entity symbol of that specific unit.

  • Looseleaf

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    Binding method allowing insertion and removal of pages in a publication (e.g., trim-4-drill-3).

  • Loose Proof

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    Proof of a halftone or color separation that is not assembled with other elements from a page, as compared to composite proof. Also called first proof, random proof, scatter proof and show-color proof.

  • Loupe

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    Lens built into a small stand. Used to inspect copy, film, proofs, plates and printing. Also called glass and linen tester.

  • Low Key Photo

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    SPhoto whose most important details appear in the shadows.