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fine art

Describes an art form developed primarily for aesthetics and/or concept rather than utility. Today, the fine arts commonly include visual and performing arts forms, such as painting, sculpture, music, dance, theatre,...

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finish

The surface properties of paper or a printed product, such as matte, satin, gloss, spot varnished, rough, etc.

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finishing

In print production, finishing refers to all of the steps that take place after printing. These including coating, lamination, foiling, embossing, folding and...

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foil

A very thin sheet of metal, usually made by hammering or rolling a piece of metal. With a film-backing, foil is used as a decorative element for product packaging and cover designs. Such foil is usually aluminium with a coloring...

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foil stamping

This is the application of foil as a decorative element to paper or a similar substrate. This is done through a stamping process where heat and pressure are used to adhere the foil onto the substrate. Typically a foil stamping...

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folio

Page number. Also refers to a sheet of paper folded once to form two leaves (four pages) of a...

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font

Originating from the word “found”—as in type foundary—a font is traditionally a complete set of type characters of the same design, style and size. For example, 10 point Baskerville Old Style Bold Italic...

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freesheet

A broad categorization of papers that are free of pulp produced from a mechanical grinding process. Chemicals, rather than grinding, are used to reduce the pulp to fibers. Wood chips are cooked in chemical baths which remove the...

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French flaps

This is a form of softback binding, wherein the cover imitates a dust jacket, having flaps that fold in at the front and back cover. In addition to allowing for more copy, this also creates a more attractive book, with the edge...

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