During the early years of OMR, thick sheets of paper were used for printing. Also, special OMR machines were used for printing these sheets in special colors. And, these OMR machines were only available with some of the printing firms in bigger cities and people had to purchase OMR sheets from them. But today, even the most commonly found laser printer or photocopier machines can be used for printing the OMR sheets.
Given below is a description on the various methods for printing the OMR sheets. But, one needs to remember that there are certain guidelines, which need to be followed for all kinds of printings.
For the printing of OMR sheets, one should make use of the design source file.
One should try to use the CorelDraw Software or the OMR Answer Sheet design format and if these are not available, then one should use the PDF format.
Care should be taken to not print by making use of the scanned images
Printing of OMR sheets is possible in black and white through laser printers.
One can also use the photocopier printer or the Rezograph in the office, for printing purposes.
Printing of colored sheets is possible in the inkjet printer or the colored laser printers.
While printing on the inkjet, there should not be any kind of smudges or blots.
The settings for the printer page should be changed to the A4 sheets.
The page scaling should not be there.
Page scaling should be disabled.
The OMR sheet printing can also be taken on the Offset printers, which can be used for printing on color as well as black and white.
Printing should be done by making use of plates and not tracing sheets.
The printing should be done by making use of plates and the tracing sheets should not be used for printing.
Make use of CorelDraw for making plates. One should try and avoid PDF.
Care should be taken to cut all the pieces in equal sizes.
A good quality photocopier can be used for printing OMR sheets.
The size of the copies on the photocopier machine should be the same as the OMR sheets
The index points should be printed in solid black color.
There should not be any kind of black dust on the bubbles and also on the index points.