Printing objects and text on top of the background colour. Overprinting works best on small objects and text, and on objects and text that are black or a dark colour. The opposite of overprinting is knock out.
Printing over an area that has already been printed. Often used in color printing in order to enhance a particular color, or contrast and distinguish a particular color from other similar colors. It is used when the normal process color system is unable to discern close color differences, but are required by the customer.
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In lithographic platemaking with surface plates, the exposure of a second negative on an area of the plate previously exposed to a different negative; a method of combining Line and halftone image on the plate.