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(CIE L*a*b): A color model created by the Commission
Internationale de l'Eclairage (CIE). It contains a luminance
(or lightness) component (L) and two chromatic components:
"a" (green to red) and "b" (blue to
Lap register: Used with knockouts, images of different
colors are slightly overlapped, to avoid the appearance
of a white line between the two inks.
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.
Landscape (orientation): A page or layout that is
wider than it is tall.
Layout: A rendition that shows the placement
of all the elements, roughs, thumbnails etc., of the final
printed piece before it goes to print.
Leader: A line of dots or dashes to lead the eye
across the page to separated copy.
Leader tabs: A row of characters placed
between text objects to help the reader follow a line across
white space. Leader tabs are often used in place of tab
stops, especially before text that is flush right such as
in a list or table of contents.
Leading: (pronounced "led-ding") the space
between lines of type, traditionally measured baseline-to-baseline,
in points. Text type is generally set with one or two points
of leading; for example, 10-point type with 2 points of
leading. This is described as 10/12, read ten on twelve.
Ledger paper: A stiff, heavy business paper
generally used for keeping records.
In typography, the shapes of the characters.
Letterpress: Printing that utilizes inked
raised surfaces to create the image.
Letterspacing: Adjusting the average distance
between letters in a block of text to fit more or less text
into the given space or to improve legibility. Kerning allows
adjustments between individual letters; letterspacing is
applied to a block of text as a whole. Letterspacing is
sometimes referred to as tracking or track kerning.
Ligature: In typography, characters that are bound
to each other, such as "oe" and "ae."
In professional typefaces, the lowercase "f" is
also often set as a ligature in combination with other characters
such as "fi" and "fl."
Light (font): A font that is lighter than the roman
(normal, plain, or book) version of the typeface.
Line art: Black-and-white artwork with no
gray areas. Pen-and-ink drawings are line art, and most
graphic images produced with desktop publishing graphics
programs can be treated as line art. For printing purposes,
positive halftones can be handled as line art.
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.
Lino, Linotronic: Professional-quality,
high-resolution output printed from files prepared on a
Logotype: A symbol, mark, or identifying name.
LZW: A lossless file compression technique
that results in smaller file size and faster processing
time. LZW compression is commonly used on .gif and .tiff