Unlike a soft proof, a hard proof is a physical sample. A hard proof is generally used for print projects that are more involved. For example, a hard proof might be provided for a brochure or book to ensure the pages, margins and general construction appear as intended.

What’s the difference between normal printing and hard proofing?

Hard Proofing vs Normal Printing

The normal print run is produced on the actual paper stock. Hard proof is produced on a digital inkjet proofing machine on standard digital printing paper. This paper is specially produced in order to be calibrated to accurately reproduce offset litho colors.

Why do you need a hard copy proof?

A hard copy proof is your full, printed game and is used to judge your printer’s quality and material. Again, this can make a great advanced prototype for play-testing, but is pricey for a prototype. Due to the complex process of offset game printing, some of your pieces will be printed digitally.

What is the purpose of the proofing press?

Press time is the most expensive part of print media. The main objective of proofing is to produce either a soft or hard copy of what the final product will look like on press.

How do you know if your printer is proof?

Printed Proofing Tips

  1. Print out the proof. A lot of proofs are sent electronically these days. …
  2. Check fonts on your printed proof. …
  3. Check colors on the printer’s proof. …
  4. Check for any glitches on the printer’s proof. …
  5. Check for registration to make sure everything lines up from one side to another.

What does hard proof mean?

Unlike a soft proof, a hard proof is a physical sample. A hard proof is generally used for print projects that are more involved. For example, a hard proof might be provided for a brochure or book to ensure the pages, margins and general construction appear as intended.

How do I print the exact color?

Following these eight steps should ensure colour accuracy in your print projects, every time.

  1. Optimise your workspace. …
  2. Use a decent monitor. …
  3. Check your eyesight. …
  4. Calibrate your screen. …
  5. Work in the right colour space. …
  6. Soft-proof your work. …
  7. Talk to your printer. …
  8. Use a colour library.

What is a printer proof?

A print proof (sometimes called a repress) is a prototype to provide an accurate representation of how your design will look when professionally printed. With monitors not always telling the full story, you want to be confident that what you’re seeing on the screen is what you’re going to achieve.

What is an electronic proof?

Electronic proofs (or soft proofs)are a PDF of your print project. It does not require special equipment to view it or to share. It’s simply a simulation of your intended print piece on a monitor. While it’s convenient for sharing and reviewing, a soft proof can often be insufficient for ensuring color consistency.

What is a pre production proof?

A pre-production proof is a sample of an item that’s actually printed with your custom design. As you can imagine, it takes time and money for our factories to set up their printing machines, so unlike our standard art proofs, pre-production proofs are not included free in your order.

What should I look for in a print proof?

What to look for when reviewing your print proofs

  • Sizes – Is the final trim size correct? …
  • Pages – Is the page count correct? …
  • Trims – Does every page bleed? …
  • Content – This is your last opportunity to proofread the copy and check if all images are placed correctly, so review as carefully as possible.