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Welcome to our #OKalphabetseries where we visit paper and printing terms daily. Come back each day as we weave our way through the alphabet and share our 110 years of knowledge with you.
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O is Opacity
Opacity is just one of the many properties of a sheet of paper. Opacity measures the amount of light that can be seen through a sheet of paper in values of 1 (the most transparent) through 100 (the most opaque). The higher the opacity of a sheet of paper, the less “show through” of the printing from the opposite side or the sheet below. You'll want to pick a sheet with good opacity when your layout has solids of color, heavy coverage or bold type. When color dyes are added to a sheet, opacity increases. Increasing a paper’s basis weight also increases opacity. The whiteness and smoothness of a sheet tends to decrease opacity. Note, sometimes the amount of printing ink “show through” from the reverse side of a sheet of paper is the result of ink absorption and penetration through the sheet.  Your opacity issue could be optical or structural. Fillers, coatings and formation all affect opacity.

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Welcome to our #OKalphabetseries where we visit paper and printing terms daily. Come back each day as we weave our way through the alphabet and share our 110 years of knowledge with you.

M is M-Weight
M Weight refers to the actual weight of 1,000 sheets of paper in a specific basis weight and sheet size. For example, 1,000 sheets of 80 Cover in a 26 x 40 sheet size weighs 320 pounds. Thus, this paper has a 320 mweight.

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 Welcome to our #OKalphabetseries where we visit paper and printing terms daily. Come back each day as we weave our way through the alphabet and share our 110 years of knowledge with you.

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L is Letterpress
The first printing presses invented were letterpress machines. In the mid-fifteenth century, Johannes Gutenberg invented moveable type printing utilizing wood blocks. His process progressed from wood type to metal type in order to achieve print clarity. Other forms of printing like offset lithography moved ahead of letterpress in the 1950’s. It wasn’t until the 1980’s when polymer plates became available that letterpress began a resurgence. The photopolymer plate allowed letterpress printing to take less time and opened it to new design possibilities. Letterpress is a tactile printing technique where a plate makes a deep ink impression into paper with pressure. This is sometimes called “bite”. Decades and centuries ago, the “kiss” of ink to paper with just enough touch to get the ink onto paper was what every letterpress printer desired. If a printer made an impression, he or she was considered a poor craftsman. Today, our letterpress audience wants an impression into a sheet. Because of this, soft, 100 % cotton papers like Lettra, Savoy and others have been introduced to the letterpress market. They allow for deep impressions into the sheet. Please check out “The Beauty of Letterpress” site for more information on the letterpress process and a gallery of letterpress printing.

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