Did you know that ISS, Inc. offers free proofs with all our high quality printing services? Well, we do! Here’s what you need to know.
What is a proof?
A proof is a sample of the product for you to review before we go to production, and ISS provides three types of proofs.
Physical Proof: A physical proof is a production quality printed sample of the item. A physical proof is ideal for checking the color of the print, the weight and feel of the paper, and even the precise placement of folds on a brochure or newsletter. A physical proof is the most accurate proof and the only way to guarantee color matching.
Digital Proof: We can send a digital proof via email, which can save you time instead of waiting for a physical proof. A digital proof is a PDF file of the product to be printed. This is great for checking spelling, layout, and the overall feel of the item. A digital proof is most commonly used when ISS has provided graphic design services and we want to confirm all the little details with you.
Photo Proof: We can also send a digital photograph of a physical proof. This will show the printed colors more accurately than a PDF and can be faster than waiting for a physical proof to be shipped.
Why get a proof?
The reason to get a proof is to ensure the final printed piece is exactly how you want it to be. The most common reason for requesting a proof is to see the actual colors printed on paper. Computer screens use Red, Green, and Blue pixels (RGB) to display color. Our printers blend Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black toners (CMYK) to create those same colors and there can be slight variations when converting RGB to CMYK.
Computer screens can also be calibrated differently, be set at different brightness levels, and look different in different lighting environments, so what appears on your screen may look different on our screen. The only way to guarantee the color of a printed item is to see a physical proof.
We encourage you to see a free printed sample when ordering any of our high quality printing services. We do this to make it as easy as possible for you to be proud of the product you receive. We want you to be 100% satisfied with the results, and providing a free printed sample is the best way to ensure your peace of mind.