Using Graphic Placeholders for Small Files

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In graphic design and commercial printing, FPO is an acronym of "For Position Only" or "For Placement Only." An image marked FPO is a placeholder or a temporary low-resolution illustration in the final location and size on camera ready artwork to indicate where an actual high-resolution image is to be placed on the final film or plate. FPO images are commonly used when you've been supplied actual photographic prints or other type of artwork to be scanned or photographed for inclusion.

With modern publishing software and digital photography, FPO is seldom seen any more.

Before the days of fast processors, FPO images were used during the design stages of a document to speed up the process of working with the files during various drafts of a document. Processors are much faster now than they used to be so delays are minimal, even with high-resolution images—another reason FPO isn't seen in use much any more.

To avoid accidentally letting a low-resolution image slip into a printed document, FPO images are usually labeled with a large FPO across each image.

Although they may not be labeled FPO, some templates contain images that can be considered FPO. They are there simply to show you where to place your own images for that particular layout. The text equivalent of FPO images is placeholder text.

Occasionally, FPO is used in web design when an image labeled FPO allows coders to finish building a website without waiting for the final images for the site.