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Soft proof

A soft proof, also known as an 'online proof' is a .PDF or Smart Review electronic proof for online approval.

You will be sent an email from your Account Manager to download a RIPped .PDF from a link.  You can choose to Approve or Reject this proof through the link, though you will need to give a reason if you are rejecting the proof.

  • If you choose to Approve the proof, your job will automatically be sent to print on the next available run.
  • If you choose to Reject the proof, you will need to contact your Account Manager to resupply artwork.

Ready Steady Print will supply you with a free of charge online proofing option for all booklet print jobs. 

Hard Proof

As with the soft (Online Proof) you will be sent an email with a link to download a RIPped PDF.

You will also be sent a hard copy digital proof (generated from a calibrated Epson printer). You must not approve the Online Proof before you receive the hard copy proof.

Our digital proofs are imaged using profiles certified by the International Standards Organisation (ISO). These profiles represent the colour of your supplied file on either a coated or uncoated paper. However, they do not allow for every variation in stock ink-absorbpion or stock whiteness.

The proof is a representation of the final output, printed on proofing paper, and therefore cannot be matched exactly to every variation. If your colour requirements are more exacting than those provided with the ISO certified profiles then we strongly advise a Commercial Print Run and/or Onsite Press Check.

Combined proof

A combination of EPSON digital proof and on site press check to ensure exact colour matches. (Press Fees will apply.)

You will be sent a hard copy digital proof (generated from a calibrated Epson printer). You must not approve the Online Proof before you will receive a hard copy proof.

Our digital proofs are imaged using profiles certified by the International Standards Organisation (ISO). These profiles represent the colour of your supplied file on either a coated or uncoated paper. However, they do not allow for every variation in stock ink-absorption or stock whiteness. The proof is a representation of the final output, printed on proofing paper, and therefore cannot be matched exactly to every variation. If your colour requirements are more exacting than those provided with the ISO certified profiles then we strongly advise a Commercial Print Run and/or Onsite Press Check.

Colour Matching

Colour matching is where a hard copy sample is provided to colour match to. WW Colour Experts will try their best to assist you to get right colour.

This is charged at an hourly rate (which includes hard proofs) – the hourly rate depends on the amount of work involved in colour matching and can be quoted upon site of artwork.

Proofing for Commercial Print Run, same as Hard Proof.  We will need a hard proof send back to us – the proof will then go out to the presses and the printer will colour match to the proof. This job will not be ganged with any other jobs and is a stand alone run. An extra step on top of this, is for you as a client to come in for a Press Check, where you will see your job being printed and can ask for certain ‘tweaking’ of the colours.