We have 4 methods of proofing to guide you through your project from start to finish. Here is a description of the different types to help you choose the method that is most appropriate for you.
Modern technology has made the PDF the front runner in proofing for layout accuracy, color breaks and print-readiness in a small, compact file. PDFs maintain all print-ready specifications applied at the time of print production. They are typically used for proofing layouts during the design process and for final files to the printer. It is important to zoom in on your PDF when proofing so that you can better view light screens and graduated tints, as well as image resolution.
A processed PDF proof is provided at no charge on every job. It is not a good proof to show critical color matching, as all monitors will display color slightly differently, and paper is not back-lit. For instance, your project will likely print slightly darker than what you are able to see on your screen. If your job is color-critical, you will need to discuss other types of proofing with your account manager.
The ink jet proof is a digital, paper-based proofing method used to check layouts for typographical errors, shifting of copy, and color. Paper proofing has its value, as mistakes tend to be easier to catch on a paper proof as opposed to a digital proof that is proofed on the screen. This proof has gradually replaced the film-based match print, but because it is produced digitally, the color you see on your proof will not be an exact representation of the color of your final job. However, this method is much more accurate than PDF proofing. If you would like to purchase an Ink-Jet proof, please inform your account manager when you place your order or request your estimate. There is a charge for this type of proof.
The match proof is a highly accurate representation of your print job that is used as a comprehensive mock-up (a comp) for the customer and a guide for the printer. It is made by exposing the CMYK negatives onto four acetate films which are developed and laminated together. This method is a very accurate and stable proof for color and content, but because it is made from film, it is becoming obsolete. This type of proof is more expensive than ink jet proofs.
The press check is the most exciting proofing method. A press check occurs after your prepress proof has been approved, the job has been plated, and it is starting to run on the printing press. You may come in to have a final peak at your project as it will look in its final state. Slight color adjustments can be made during this time. No other changes can be made without incurring substantial charges. Being careful to check all previously mentioned proofing methods will eliminate the need for re-doing work at this point.
If you would like to be on press to check your job, please be aware that press-time is very expensive and any delays will be billed at an hourly rate. You must be available when the job is scheduled to run. Changes made at the press check will result in substantial additional charges, regardless of the reason for the change. Your schedule may also be impacted as the job may need to be pulled while the changes are made in prepress. Please discuss the need for a press check with your account manager when you place your order or request your estimate.