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Offset printing or lithography

Transfer of an image from a printing plate to a special rubber sheet and finally onto paper.

OLE (object linking and embedding)

Allows users to create documents that integrate tools and information from a variety of sources.

On-demand publishing

Customized books or documents created digitally or conventionally.

Opacity

Paper quality which prevents type or images printed on one side from showing on the other side. Also refers to the covering power of an ink.

Overprinting

Also called surprinting. One colour is printed on top of another.

Overrun

Printing a quantity in excess of what is ordered. Typically printers specify that they will supply 10% more or less than the requested quantity.