Proofing your print job is a crucial step. It’s your last chance to make sure that the fonts, graphics, colors, and margins are correct. Just as important as reviewing the proof is selecting the appropriate type. Your sales rep can help you determine the best fit for your job, but in the meantime, here are some of the most common types of proofs, what they are, and what they’re used for.
Types of Proofs
PDFs (electronic files readable with Adobe Acrobat) have become the standard proofing format. Because the color of PDF files can be affected by monitor calibration, the colors on a PDF Proof may not be accurate. PDFs do, however, provide a reasonable means for checking the accuracy and layout of your files for print.
Digital Color Proofs
For Direct-to-Plate printing (where films and plates are not used for printing), digitally printed proofs are essential. Digital Color Proofs are often acceptable and less costly than film-based proofs.
Proofs made from film onto paper with a bluish tint are called Blueline Proofs. Blueline Proofs are printed on light-sensitive paper that reproduces only in blue. Therefore, if your project contains more than one color, each ink color will be represented by a different shade of blue. Blueline Proofs show all artwork and text in position, as well as the trim and binding edges. Blueline Proofs do not reflect the final paper stock or true color.
Laminate or Matchprint Proofs
Laminate Proofs are one of the more expensive types of proofs, but also most accurate. Laminate Proofs created from the project films and give an accurate color representation for the project. If color matching is imperative, request a laminate proof.
For projects where color and accuracy is critical to the piece, a press proof is the only proof that accurately shows what the final print job will look like. Press Proofs are the most expensive proof alternative because they involve setting up the job and printing exactly as you would for the real press run, but accurately show how the paper will affect the colors, the folding, trimming, etc. of the project.
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