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Image area   That portion of the printing plate that carries the ink and prints on paper.  
Imagesetter   A high resolution device to output printer's film from a disk. Also a cool yuppy.  
Imposition   The correct sequential arrangement of pages that are to be printed, along with all the margins in proper alignment, before producing the plates for printing.  
Imposition   The arrangement by which a number of pages are printed together in such a way they will be in their correct order when folded or cut. (See also "Signature"). Also a visit from a mother-in-law is usually always known as an "Imposition".  
Impression   The pressure of the image carrier, whether it be the type, plate or blanket  
Index bristol   A relatively thick paper stock; basis size--25 1/2 x 30 1/2.  
Indicia   Markings pre-printed on mailing envelopes to replace the stamp.  
Industrial papers   A term used to denote papers such as janitorial, sanitary or heavy packing papers.  
Ink fountain   The device which stores and meters ink to the inking rollers.  
Ink holdout   A quality of paper to be resistant to ink absorption, allowing the ink to dry on the paper surface.  
Ink mist   Any threads or filaments which protrude from the main printed letter body of long inks as seen in newsprint.  
Ink setting   The inertial resistance to flow that occurs to ink as soon as it is printed.  
Inkometer   A device used to measure the tack of ink.  
Insert   A piece of printed material that is prepared for the purpose of being inserted into another piece of printed material, such as a magazine etc.  
Integral Proof   A proof made by exposing each of the four-color separations to an emulsion layer of primary colors. These emulsion sheets are stacked in register with a white sheet of paper in the background. Types of integral proofs are cromalin, matchiprint, ektaflex  
Iridescent paper   A coated stock finished in mother-of-pearl.  
Italic   Text that is used to denote emphasis by slanting the type body forward.  

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