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Fake duotone
Halftone in one ink color printed over screen tint of a second ink color.

Fast film
Film that requires relatively little light to record an image.

Film coat
Paper with a very thin coating.

Film laminate
Thin sheet of plastic adhered to printed paper for protection.

Filter
Colored glass or gelatin used to reduce or eliminate specific colors from light before it strikes film or paper.

Final count
Number of printed pieces delivered and charged for.

Fine screen
Screen with ruling of more than 150 lines per inch.

Finish
Surface characteristic of paper.

Finishing
Inclusive term sometimes used for all bindery operations.

Finish size
Size of printed product after production is complete.

Fixer
Chemical that prevents deterioration of images on photosensitive paper.

Flat
In photography, characteristic of an image that lacks contrast. In printing, an assembly of negatives taped to masking material and ready for platemaking.

Flexography
Method of printing on a web press using rubber plates with raised images.

Flood
To cover a sheet with ink or varnish.

Flop
To reproduce a photograph or illustration so that its image faces opposite from the original.

Flush cover
Cover that is trimmed to the same size as inside pages, as with paperback books.

Flute
Paper pleat between the walls in corrugated cardboard.

Foil emboss
To foil stamp and emboss an image.

Foil stamping
Method of printing on a letter press using thin metallic or pigmented film and a die.

Form
One side of a press sheet.

Format
Size, shape, and overall style of a layout or printed piece.

Formula pricing
Printing prices based on standard papers, formats, ink colors, and quantities.

Fountain
Reservoir for ink or water on a press.

Fountain solution
Mixture of water and chemicals that dampens a printing plate to prevent ink from adhering to its non-image area.

4-color process
Technique of printing that uses the four process colors of ink to simulate color photographs or illustrations.

Free sheet
Paper made from cooked wood fibers mixed with chemicals and washed free of impurities.

French fold
Two folds at right angles to each other.

Fully saturated
Photographer term for rich color.