Glossary of Printing & Digital Media Terms

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Label Depth:

The verticle measurement on a label from top to bottom, when label is traveling in machine direction. This is the second measurement listed with our product description.

Label Height/Depth/Length:

The verticle measurement on a label from top to bottom, when label is traveling in machine direction. This is the second measurement listed with our product description.

Label Length:

The verticle measurement on a label from top to bottom, when label is traveling in machine direction. This is the second measurement listed with our product description.

Label Size:

The measurement of the label, typically in inches. Width by Depth.

Label:

The functional portion of a pressure sensitive construction, comprised of the face material and adhesive, cut into various shapes.

Lacquer:

A clear coating, usually glossy, applied to a printed sheet for protection or appearance.

Ladder:

The remaining face and adhesive layer of a pressure sensitive construction surrounding a die cut label. The matrix is generally removed from all labels except our stock laser products.

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 grain.

Laid Papers:

Papers with a "grid" pattern in the sheet, resulting from the pulp resting against wires on the papermaking mould screen. "Laid" lines are closely spaced while "chain" lines are farther apart & run parallel with the grain direction of the sheet, important when folding papers, especially to bookbinders.

Laid:

Type of paper finish, characterized by a closely lined appearance.

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.

Lamination:

A plastic film bonded by heat and pressure to a printed sheet for protection or appearance.

LAN:

Local Area Netwrok. Interconnected computers that can share programs and data files as well as the use of peripheral devices such as printers or CD-ROM drives. Each microcomputer connected to a LAN will typically require a network circuit board and software. A LAN allows many computers to access the same information files.

Lands:

The reflective portions of a CD-ROM track, opposite of pits.

Landscape:

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

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