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(1) In lithographic printing, the printing surface and means by which the ink is printed on to the paper. Usually made from metal, printing plates are created by the image for printing being ‘painted’ on to them with a hydrophobic emulsion that attracts the greasy inks. Traditionally, plates were created in conjunction with film, but a new technology using direct laser imaging is now gaining ground.

(2) An illustration (or set of illustrations) usually printed separately on photographic or similar higher quality coated paper then tipped into the book. Such plates may appear as a separate colour section.

This definition is extracted (and expanded on) from the book Getting Published: A Companion for the Humanities and Social Sciences by Gerald Jackson and Marie Lenstrup.

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