Glossary of Paper Terms

Glossary of Paper Terms

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Varnish
Thin, protective coating applied to a printed sheet of paper for protection or improved appearance.
Vehicle
The liquid part of an ink that gives it flow, enabling it to be applied to a surface.
Vellum
Term usually applied to a paper finish that exhibits a toothy surface which is very similar to eggshell or antique finishes. A vellum finish is relatively absorbent to provide good ink penetration.
Vellum Paper
Very strong, good quality cream colored or natural paper made to impersonate calfskin parchment. Also, the term is often applied to the finish of paper rather than a grade of paper. Stationery is often referred to as vellum. Also, tracing paper used by architects and artists.
Velox
A black and white print for proofing or for display.
Vignette
Halftone whose background gradually fades away to blend with the surface of the paper.
Virgin
Paper made from the fibers in their first use, usually from wood pulp.
Virkotyping
Another name for thermography or raised printing.
Viscosity
Broad term that encompasses the properties of tack and flow as applied to inks.

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