Glossary of Printing Terms:
Substrate

  1. A term used in printing to describe the base material onto which images or text will be reproduced. Base materials include (though are not limited to):
  • Any variety of Paper
  • Parchment
  • Fabrics
  • Plastics
  • Textiles
  • Films
  • Foils
  1. The material or stock that serves as the base onto which another material, chemical or solution is applied.

Materials such as paper, fabrics, plastics, textiles, film, foils and acetate can all be the base substrate that may have ink, adhesive, photosensitive emulsion or a laminated material applied to one or both sides.

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