Proofing is an important part of the printing process. You may see more than one type of proof depending on the complexity of your project. We can help you make the decision about what type(s) of proofs you may want to see. Printed proofs can be delivered and picked up at your office or you may come in anytime from 7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. It is important that you are prompt in reviewing and returning your proofs to keep your projects on schedule. Let your designer know if you will be holding onto a proof for awhile. The designers will communicate the delays in scheduling to our production team.
Please take your time and look over all your proofs very carefully. This is your opportunity to find spelling or grammatical errors, make layout and color adjustments, check paper stock and finishing. You may find it helpful to have someone else look over the proof to ensure nothing is missed. Revisions made to your project may incur additional costs. If an estimate was provided, you should ask to see if the revisions will add more costs than anticipated.
The different types of proofs available are listed below with some suggestions on when they may be appropriate to see.
PDF proofs can be emailed and are very convenient but should not be used to review color or finishing (like folding, perforating, cutting). Due to the variation in computer monitors, the color you see on the screen is not necessarily how it will look in print. A digital or contract proof would more closely represent your actual color.
Digital Printing Proofs
Black and color digital proofs are printed on the paper stocks you’ve requested. Your proof will very closely represent how your piece will look in the final process, including color and finishing.
Offset Printing – Imposition, Contract Color and Press Proofs
Contract color proofs are used for jobs printing as 4/color process (CMYK). This will closely represent the colors printed on our offset presses. This type of proof cannot be cut or folded so a low resolution imposition proof will also be provided.
Imposition proofs are low resolution proofs that show placement of pages and finishing. This type of proof can be used for jobs printing in spot colors. Spot colors cannot be accurately represented on either the contract or imposition proofs so when color is critical, a press proof can be shown.
Offset press proofs can be arranged for jobs where color is very critical. Special arrangements will be made with our customer to come in when the press is set up and ready to pull the first press sheets. Changes can be made at this point but they may be costly.