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While the above Over run factor is in commercial side, another meaning of overrun in technical side is that the type setting that had exceeded the estimated no of pages due to the picture blocks occupying more space than anticipated and the typed matter had to be rearranged from one column to the other to accommodate the print matter. This is also called Over run.
2. Offset Printing : The technique of printing that transfers ink from a plate to a blanket to paper instead of directly from plate to paper is called Offset printing. This is one of the three main processes in Printing. The Offset printing again has two divisions . they are called Wet Offset and Dry Offset printing. In Wet Offset printing the plates used for printing has the images and text matter in plain surface. They are neither in relief form, nor etched inside the plates and are in the same surface level of the plates.
In Dry Offset printing the plates used for printing has the images and the text in relief format similar to Letterpress printing, with one basic difference. The image will be in readable form unlike in letterpress which has the matter in reverse format. However both Dry Offset and Wet Offset printing transfer the inked images on to the paper through rubber blankets only.
Several models of Offset machines are available right from printing A4 size papers (Like Swift, Multilith, Romayor and Rota print machines) to print bigger size sheets and even reels of paper. Of late the Dry Offset Printing remains the main medium of printing for printing Currencies as the working is found to be more easier than wet Offset printing.
Opacity in simple term is a measure of a material’s ability to obstruct the passage of light. Sufficient opacity is important to prevent printed text from showing through in a harmful manner on the reverse side of a paper.
Opacity is determined by a ratio of reflectance measurements which is the measure (percent) of the amount of light passing through a sheet of paper. Several instruments and equipments are available in the market to test the opacity. The general principle is that the paper with a black object kept at the back is illuminated from the top side at a particular angle and the reflected light measured. Similarly the same paper with a white background is measured without altering any of the setting. The difference between the two is compared to work out the opacity of the paper.
In respect of films used in the process work, the opacity is indirectly termed as density.
When a negative is made ready to make plates or blocks for printing, due to some extraneous factors some of the non printing areas may have got transparent spots in the film which if allowed to remain blocked can pass the light during plate making process thus causing spots to appear in the non image areas during printing. In order to stop those spots from appearing in the non image areas causing unwanted images, the spots are blackened out on the negatives with a special retouching medium called opaque ink which will be in dark reddish colour. The opaque ink will stop the light passing through its surface. This is called Opaquing process. However if the entire non image areas in the negative are not fully black and somewhat translucent due to improper exposing or developing the opaquing process can not be done.
Similarly printing inks too have the quality of opaqueness as their property. The printing inks are broadly categorized as opaque inks and transparent or translucent inks. The process inks used in three or four colour inks are translucent as they sit on top of one another to create secondary and tertiary colours in the print to resemble the original colored image. If the colors used in the process inks are of opaque colors then they will block the previous ink color on which the subsequent inks have been printed thus producing one single color image instead of multi color image. At the same time opaque inks are also used in printing for some work. For example all the metallic inks are opaque inks that gives particular shiny shade are used for certain jobs. The ink used in the screen printing process are all opaque color inks.
5. Overlay: This refers to the packing given over the bed of the printing machines to rectify the weak image appearing during the impression. Such overlay is done during make ready process. The Type fonts are of 0.918” height and due to constant use they may have worn out and cause slightly weaker print when composed with other type fonts. Therefore wherever such defective print is seen, to rectify the defect two types of actions are taken. One is underlay and the other overlay. Small paper strips pasted at the back of the composed matter to bring them to correct height or placing some kind of packing material below the form to bring it to normal height in Letterpress printing. But the same defect can be rectified by overlay process by pasting small strips of paper over the impression bed in the platen machines or the impression cylinder covered with the packing material that contacts the typed matter or blocks locked in the frames. Note that individual type fonts (letters) can not be underlayed and only a portion of them can be adjusted. However by overlay process even such small adjustment is possible. Similarly the areas in the blocks which show weaker print is also rectified by overlaying in the weak areas by pasting different thicknesses of paper on the impression bed. Since such an under laying or overlaying process is not possible in the Offset printing process (whether Dry Offset or Wet Offset) i.e to place strips of packing either at the back of the printing plate or on the impression bed, to rectify such problems the packing is given under the blankets to adjust the weak image which that is called under packing- a modified version of to underlay or overlay.