Lacquer: A clear gloss coating applied to printed material for strength, appearance and protection.
Laid Finish: A parallel lined paper that has a handmade look.
Laser Engraving: A paper cutting technique whereby laser technology is utilized to cut away certain unmasked areas of the paper. The cutting is a result of the exposure of the paper to the laser ray, which actually evaporates the paper.
Lay Edge: Edge of a sheet of paper being fed into a printing press.
Layout: A rendition that shows the placement of all the elements, roughs, thumbnails etc., of the final printed piece before it goes to print.
Leaders: The dots or dashes used in type to guide the eye from one set of type to the next.
Leading: Space between lines of type; the distance in points between one baseline and the next.
Leaf: One of a number of folds (each containing two pages) which comprises a book or manuscript.
Leaf Stamping: A metal die, either (flat, or embossed), created from the image or copy, which is then heated to a specific temperature which allows the transfer of a film of pigmented polyester to the paper.
Ledger Paper: A stiff heavy business paper generally used for keeping records.
Length: The optimum length of a filament of ink.
Letterpress: Printing that utilizes inked raised surfaces to create the image.
Letterspacing: The addition of space between typeset letters.
Line Copy: Any copy that can be reproduced without the use of halftone screens.
Linen: A paper that emulates the look and texture of linen cloth.
Lithocoated Paper: A paper that is coated with a special water-resistant material which is able to withstand the lithographic process.
Lithography: The process of printing that utilizes flat inked surfaces to create the printed images.
Logotype: A personalized type or design symbol for a company or product.