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Oblong   A term used to describe printed books, catalogs etc., that are bound on their shorter side; also referred to as album bound.  
Offset   The most commonly used printing method, whereby the printed material does not receive the ink directly from the printing plate but from an intermediary cylinder called a blanket which receives the ink from the plate and transfers it to the paper.  
Offset gravure   A complex offset process involving multiple transfers between the gravure plate, the plate cylinder and a solid rubber plate.  
Offset paper   A term for uncoated book paper.  
Off-shore paper   Any papers made outside the US and Canada.  
Onionskin   A light bond paper used for typing and used with carbon paper because of its thinness.  
Opacity   Quality of papers that defines its opaqueness or ability to prevent two-sided printing from showing through.  
Opaque   A quality of paper that allows relatively little light to pass through.  
Opaque ink   Ink that completely covers any ink under itself.  
Orginal   Any kind of artwork that is used to make more copies.  
Orthochromatic   Any light sensitive surfaces that are not sensitive to red.  
Overhang cover   A cover of a book that extends over the trimmed signatures it contains.  
Overlay   A transparent sheet placed over artwork, in register with the work it covers; this is used to call out other color components of the work, instructions or corrections.  
Overlay Proof   A process of proof making whereby the color separations are individually exposed to light sensitive film. This film is then set in registration with a piece of white paper in the background.  
Overprinting   Any printing that is done on an area that has already been printed.  
Overrun   Quantities of sheets printed over the requested number of copies.  
Overset   Type that is set in excess of the allotted space.  

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