What is a Proof ?

You might think of proofing as your sort of early warning system. You want to catch problems early and that’s why proofing is so crucial. And there are several different kinds of proofs that you might encounter in your print job. PDF Proofing is the fastest and least expensive way to proof your print file before going to the press. You want to make sure that your proofs match the actual product that’s why the printers Studio prepress department should prepare a Print Ready PDF proof from your supplied file and send you it via email.


Why do I need the PROOF?

A proof gives you a chance to check the type, make sure that your line breaks are alright, make sure you are happy with the colour conversion, there’s no font substitution, spelling mistakes or if contact details are correct. A lot of this you should check long before you send the job in to the printer, but you’d be surprised how you can miss little things while you’re looking at your monitor or mobile phone for long hours each day.

Typical Proof Form – Manchester Printers Approval Form


But this is the time to catch, correct them, and say “‘YES’, this is the final artwork I want you to proceed with”, and the printer is saying, yes, this is what we are going to print. So, of course you want to examine these proofs very carefully before you sign off on them. 

A lot hangs on those proofs when you sign off. If you miss it now, it could be a bit expensive later.
One of the most important parts of the printing process is communicating with your printer. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. There truly are no dumb questions. Everything you ask educates you a little bit about the printing process and it shows the printer that it’s important to you that your job prints correctly.

Below are some of the things we inspect for when checking your artwork. (Think about GP examination or MOT test of your vehicle). We do similar inspection to your file.

  • Check Artwork Dimension with what you have ordered
  • Check for Bleeds
  • Check for Low Resolution Images
  • Check for elements that are not within in safe zone
  • Check for Font Sizes
  • Check for Fonts which are not embedded
  • Check for Borders which are very close the edge that are at risk of being cut
  • Check for Line Width
  • Flatten all Transparency
  • Convert all colours (RGB or Pantone) to CMYK if the job is to be printed in full colour
  • Remove all embedded ICC Profiles
  • Prepare a PDF file which meets the Adobe Format specification of PDF/X-1a
  • Check that all elements and texts are in the correct place and is not very close to the edge of the paper
  • Missing art or elements due to transparency issues

  • We, unfortunately cannot fix low resolution images or guarantee to catch the typos so please check your proofs very carefully before your job is scheduled, printed and delivered to your doorstep.

    PDF Proof