Proofs — what is all the fuss about?Home — TheInternetPrinter > Preparing files > What are proofs, and why might I want a proof?
- What is a proof?
- Why would I want a proof?
- How much time does getting a proof add to the production time line?
- When should I choose "No Proof Required"?
A "Proof" is a copy of your printing job. A hard-copy proof is actually printed on paper, and is the very first printing of your job. A PDF proof is an electronic copy that you can view on your PC.
A proof will give you one last chance to check that everything is correct before your file is sent to the presses.
Alternately, given the proof is the file that is going to be printed, why not make sure that it is correct — it only takes a short time to check a proof.
There is no doubt that asking for a proof adds time to the production timeline, but the time that is added need not be that long.
- A PDF proof can be E-mailed to you within one full business day of you submitting your file.
Hard copy proofs take longer to produce:
- Hard copy proofs take two and three days to create, and then they need to be mailed to you.
- Also, the production time clock will not start ticking until you sign-off the proof.
There is only one time when you should select No Proof Required. If you are a professional in the printing industry, then you know what you are doing, and you probably will not need a proof; but you will ask for one anyway (better to be safe thatn sorry).
All other people should request a proof.