In graphic design and printing , OPS (pronounced as an initialism ) equates to for position only gold for investment only . Blank placeholders or temporary low-resolution illustrations are watermarked or stamped with the acronym FPO to indicate where the final version of an image is in the final file, film, or plate. FPO images are commonly used while still being scanned, or when desired images are still being scanned or photographed. They preserve the paginationthat will be needed once the final images are added. In web design, the FPO placeholder images provide a means for coders to finish building a website without waiting for final photographic assets.
The purpose of stamping or watermarking “FPO” prominently over the image is to prevent the low-res image from being mistakenly kept in the final output. It also prevents the accidental inclusion of copyrighted images if the designers used a placeholder. The watermark makes the image not-final status egregiously obvious, it will be subtler and easier to miss. This reduces the risk that production staff will forget to replace it with the final image. Rarely, an image FPO makes it into print, usually because the production staff was overly rushed.