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Proofs and Proofing

Without a doubt, artwork issues are the number one reason for delays and potential extra costs. Due to this we strongly recommend you review and understand our requirements as well as our proofing options.

 
 
Frequently Asked Questions:

1. What proof options do you provide?
2. Will the finished print match what I see on my computer monitor?
3. How much do hard-copy printed proofs cost?
4. I got my proofs but I need to make changes to my artwork and get new proofs - is there an extra fee?
5. What if I see something wrong in my proofs?
6. I see thin white lines in my PDF proof - will that show up in the finished print?
7. Some of the letters in my PDF proof look 'fat' or 'bold' - will it look like that in the finished print?

8. This needs to match something I had printed before - will the colours match?

1. "What proof options do you provide?"

Please know that client artwork files are deemed to have been supplied in 'final form' - this means they are supplied to our specifications, on our design templates, and require no modifications.

Proof Option "A" - Electronic/PDF Proofs

  • Allow up to 2 business days for your artwork files to be reviewed.
  • Electronic proofs are emailed to you for your review.
  • Electronic proofs provide warranty for physical layout only.
  • Electronic proofs do not provide warranty for colour correctness. If colour correctness is important we strongly recommend you order hard-copy printed proofs (see below).
  • Electronic proofs represent what will go to print. If anything is missing or incorrect you should reject the proof.
  • Once you have approved your proofs, Precision Disc is not responsible for any errors subsequently found in the print.
  • One round of electronic proofs is included in your quoted price. Requests for additional rounds of proofs incur an extra proofing fee (see below). Note: Re-proofing that is required due to our mistake is not charged for.
  • The production time-line for your order does not begin until your proofs are approved.
     

Proof Option "B" - Hard-Copy Printed Proofs

  • Allow up to 2 business days for your artwork files to be reviewed.
  • First, electronic proofs are emailed to you for your review.
  • After approval of the electronic proofs, hard-copy printed proofs are output for final approval.
  • Hard-copy printed proofs provide warranty for physical layout and colour correctness.
  • Hard-copy printed proofs represent what will go to print. If anything is incorrect you should reject the proof.
  • Once you have approved your proofs, Precision Disc is not responsible for any errors subsequently found in the print.
  • A colour variation of up to 10% between the hard-copy printed proof and the final product is possible, and is considered to be within acceptable industry standards.
  • The production time-line for your order does not begin until your proofs are approved.

Proof Option "C" - Pre-Approved Artwork Files

  • Selecting "pre-approved" means that you will receive no proofs - your files will go to print as supplied.
  • Due to no proofs having been approved, there is no warranty for the physical layout or the colour of the finished print.

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2. "Will the finished print match what I see on my computer monitor?"

Aspects of your proofs may appear differently on your computer monitor or smart phone screen than they will when printed. Here are some reasons why:

  • Computer monitors typically donít display true colour, so your electronic proofs are for confirmation of the physical layout only and are not to be used for colour reference.
  • Computer monitors display images through the generation of light, so the colours of the finished print may not be as bright or as vibrant compared to how they look on your computer monitor.
  • Drop shadows, gradients and tints may not appear as smooth or as solid when printed, compared to how they look on your computer monitor.
  • Subtle colour variations and values of less than 10% may not be as visible when printed, compared to how they look on your computer monitor.
  • Printing your electronic proofs yourself does not mean the results will be colour-accurate (see question #3 for explanation).

If you are concerned about how finished print will turn out we recommend you order Hard Copy Printed Proofs for final approval.

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3. "How much do hard copy printed proofs cost?"

Important: Hard Copy Printed Proofs are output from a proofing printer that is calibrated to our printing presses, however, a colour variation of up to 10% between the proof and the final product is possible, and is considered to be within acceptable industry standards.

  • CMYK Inkjet printed disc: $25 per disc, per round, plus shipping.
  • CMYK Offset or Silkscreen printed disc: $125 per disc, per round, plus shipping.
  • Eco Sleeve, Digipak, Jewel Case, DVD Case: $35 per round, plus shipping .
  • Any stapled booklet larger than 4panel (8page): Item "3" price plus $35, per round, plus shipping.

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4. "I got my proofs but I need to make changes to my artwork and get new proofs - is there an extra fee?"

If you need to submit new or modified artwork files AFTER your electronic proofs have been generated, another round of proofing will be required.

Due to the extra work and time involved, an additional proofing charge of up to $40 will apply; and the ready-by-date for 'Rush' or 'Deadline' orders may be delayed.

  • One round of electronic proofs are included in your quoted price.
  • Additional disc proofs: $10 per each additional round of proofs.
  • Additional Eco Sleeve, Digipak, Jewel Case, DVD Case proofs: $15 per each additional round of proofs.
  • Additional complete set of proofs for stapled booklets larger than 4panel (8page): $15 per each additional round of proofs.

The only exception to extra proofing fees would be if we make a mistake in the proofing process, or if we send you a file to illustrate something you to fix and resubmit to us.

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5. "What if I see something wrong in my proofs?"

If something is missing from your proofs or if you can see something that shouldnít be in your proofs (other than design template reference lines), you must reject your proofs and inform us of the problem(s) youíve found.

Important: Review your proofs thoroughly. Once you have approved your proofs, Precision Disc is not responsible for any errors subsequently found in the print, or any costs relating to the re-working of materials.

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6. "I see thin white lines in my PDF proof - will that show up in the finished print?"

In the pre-press process it might be necessary to flatten transparencies contained within your design. The flattening combined with the version of PDF file you're viewing might make some thin white lines appear along the edges of the areas that were flattened.

In the vast majority of occurrences this is just a visual anomaly on your monitor that will NOT show up in the finished print.

One way to check for yourself is to zoom in/out and see if the thickness of the line never changes despite how close you zoom in. If the line doesn't change thickness it is indeed a visual anomaly. You might also notice that the line(s) may disappear and reappear as you zoom in/out which, again, signifies a visual anomaly that only appears on your monitor (not in print).  

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7. "Some of the letters in my PDF proof look 'fat' or 'bold' - will it look like that in the finished print?"

In the pre-press process it might be necessary to convert your text to "outlines" (aka: "curves"). This means the text is being changed from an editable font into a graphic.

When viewed as a PDF, some of the converted lettering may appear to have become 'fat' or 'bold' - this is most commonly seen with simple rectangular shapes such as lower-case "i" lower case "l" and upper case "L" of sans-serif fonts. Fortunately this is just a visual anomaly and the lettering will indeed print normally.

To check for yourself, zoom in (to a very high magnification level) to view the affected lettering and you will see that - up close - it is normal.

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8. "This needs to match something I had printed before - will the colours match?"

Different printing equipment can provide different results even if the artwork file is the same. This is due to differences in printing equipment, processes, inks and substrates.

If you want us to colour match something that you had printed previously, you will need to provide us with a sample print for colour matching. While we cannot guarantee an exact match, we will endeavour to come as close to a match as our equipment will allow.

It is possible, and considered within industry norms, for there to be a small variation in colour when re-printing from the same printer. Generally this doesnít pose a problem for clients, but itís important to be aware that the possibility of a slight colour variation exists.

If an accurate colour match is important, we recommend that you order a Hard Copy Printed Proof in advance.

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