Glossary of Printing Terms:
Plate

  1. A metal or paper light-sensitive sheet that holds an image that has been photographically produced.

During the printing process, the image area picks up ink, which is then transferred to a blanket and then to paper.

  1. A full-page book illustration that is separate from the text pages.

Technically, illustrations that are printed on text pages are called cuts. However, the term “plate” is often used to describe both types of book illustrations.

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