Glossary of Printing & Digital Media Terms

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OA Of Register:

When two sheet passes on a press are misaligned.

OBC:

Outside back cover.

Object-Oriented:

An approach in drawing and layout programs that treats graphics as line and arc segments rather than individual dots.

Objected-Oriented (mode):

The Draw graphics mode. A set of algorithms describe graphic form in abstract geometrical terms, as object primitives, the most fundamental shapes from which all other shapes are made: lines, curves, and solid or patterned areas.

Oblique:

A slanting version of a face. Oblique is similar to italic, but without the script quality of a true italic. The upright faces are usually referred to as roman.

Oblong:

A booklet or catalog bound on the shorter dimension.

Ochre:

A naturally occurring yellowish pigment composed of iron and clay.

OCR:

Optical Character Reader. A device that allows a computer to read printed information.

OFC:

Outside front cover.

Off Contact Printing:

A special screen printing technique that positions the printing stencil at a minimal distance above the substrate during the ink application process. As the ink is applied by the squeegee, the stencil is depressed into momentary contact with the substrate.

Off Loading:

Relieving the intensive amount of data processing associated with a specific application (i.e., graphics) from the CPU, by performing those calculations in a dedicated or specialized processor.

Off Press Proof:

A four-color proof generated before the production press run and before, or instead of, a press proof. An off-press proof can be produced photomechanically, electrostatically, or electronically.

Off Shore Paper:

Any papers made outside the US and Canada.

Offloading:

Relieving the intensive amount of data processing associated with a specific application (e.g., graphics) from the CPU, by performing those calculations in a dedicated or specialized processor.

Offset Gravure:

A complex offset process involving multiple transfers between the gravure plate, the plate cylinder and a solid rubber plate.

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