Glossary of Printing Terms:
Cellulose Acetate

An acetate salt of cellulose, produced from cotton linters and used in archival work.

  1. As a photographic film base (often called “safety film” since it is not readily combustible

  2. In conjunction with an adhesive, such as one of the polyvinyl resins, in laminating, heat sealing, etc.

Cellulose acetate is manufactured in a wide variety of thicknesses, ranging from 0.001 to 0.005 inch, and is clear, hard and glossy.

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