What to check on my proof

The customer is responsible for checking all details are correct before approving your order. Below is a compiled list of items you should check:

1. Carefully check the PDF file

It is a good idea to print out your PDF proof so you can preview text size and legibility (at 100% with no-scaling) – it also makes it easier to spot spelling mistakes!

Pro Tip: Check the proof at both a high and low screen brightness. The different brightnesses will allow you to better see any issues in the file.

Spelling and details

This is the last chance to spell check and confirm all the details are correct; and not missing any characters or digits. Check again; and then have someone else double-check for you just to make sure!

All objects are showing

Check that no objects are missing (or that there isn't anything extra in your proof) and that there are no issues with transparencies in your proof. Check that all fonts are correct, no missing or incorrect characters.

Crop marks

Check that the crop marks are placed in the correct location and that no important information will be trimmed. Design is aligned correctly as you want it within the crop marks. See: Crop marks


Is it going to printed and backed-up the way you want? See: Orientation.


2. Read Notices

Carefully read and ensure you understand all messages included with your proof.
See: I have received a “Suggestion from Prepress” with my proof.


3. Order Details

Make one final check that all your order details are correct – including the size, coating, stock, quantity. Any additional items or upgrades (such as rush printing) must be paid for before clicking "Approve Proof".

If you want it to match a previous order, check the order details match.

If your order has a different coating front and back (such as Super Gloss front and Aqueous on the back) check that odd pages (1, 3, 5...) correspond with the "Front Side Coating" and that even pages (2, 4, 6...) match with the "Back Side Coating".


4. Proceed

If there are any issues with your proof see: There is a problem with my proof.

Once you have confirmed your proof and order details are correct, you can click "Approve Proof". Do not approve your proof if you have any issues or concerns.

Store and back-up the PDF proof for your records.

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