Laid Finish - 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
Laminate - 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 - Artist style in which width is greater
than height. (Portrait is opposite.)
Lap Register - Register where ink colors overlap
slightly, as compared to butt register.
Laser Bond - Bond paper made especially smooth and
dry to run well through laser printers.
Laser-imprintable Ink - Ink that will not fade or
blister as the paper on which it is printed is used in a laser printer.
Lay Flat Bind - Method of perfect binding that allows
a publication to lie fully open. (Also known as Lay Flat Perfect
Lay Edge - The edge of a sheet of paper feeding
into a press.
Layout - A sample of the original providing (showing)
position of printed work (direction, instructions) needed and desired.
Leading - Amount of space between lines of type.
Leaf - One sheet of paper in a publication. Each
side of a leaf is one page.
Ledger Paper - Strong, smooth bond paper used for
keeping business records. Also called record paper.
Letter fold - 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 - In North America, 8 1/2' x 11' sheets.
In Europe, A4 sheets.
Legend - Directions about a specific matter (illustrations)
and how to use. In regard to maps and tables, an explanation of signs
Letterpress - 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 - Book paper with basis weight
less than 40# (60 gsm).
Lignin - Substance in trees that holds cellulose
fibers together. Free sheet has most lignin removed; groundwood paper
Line Copy - Any high-contrast image, including type,
as compared to continuous-tone copy. Also called line art and line
Line Negative - Negative made from line copy.
Linen Finish - Embossed finish on text paper that
simulates the pattern of linen cloth.
Lithography - 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 - Area on a mechanical within which images
will print. Also called safe area.
Logo (Logotype) - 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 - Binding method allowing insertion and
removal of pages in a publication (e.g., trim-4-drill-3).
Loose Proof - 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 - Lens built into a small stand. Used to inspect
copy, film, proofs, plates and printing. Also called glass and linen
Low Key Photo - Photo whose most important details
appear in the shadows.