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Proofing Options

Proofs : Coatings: Folding : Paper : Ink

While we do our best to ensure that every project is done right, only you know your project well enough to make sure all the elements are in place. Different types of proofs are available and discussed below so you can choose the proof that fits your needs best. We urge you to take the proofing phase seriously and check every document carefully. Once you have signed off on a final proof, you are giving us authorization to proceed with printing. After you have given us the approval to proceed, we will not re-print your job for any error you did not notice.

Included in the price of all items is an electronic proof (unless otherwise noted). Electronic proofs are not intended to be accurate for color. In fact, we can safely say that the color won't match the printed piece you receive. If accurate colors are important to you, please read about the various hard copy proofs available. If you need further explanation, please contact our customer service department.

LB Printery offers two electronic proofing options and three hard copy proof options to meet the needs of a wide range of projects. Each of these options are explained below.

Electronic Proofs

Electronic proofs are digital facsimiles of your project sent to you online. We offer two electronic proof options:

PDF: PDFs (Portable Document Format) are files created in Adobe Acrobat Distiller and readable with Adobe Acrobat Reader. PDFs are rapidly becoming the industry standard for file transfer and are our preferred format. Color fidelity of PDF files is affected by monitor calibration, lighting and use of Pantone® colors (Pantone® colors do not always appear as true on your screen). Therefore the color you see on screen may not appear as they do in print. However, PDFs provide a reasonable means for checking the accuracy of your files for print. If color accuracy is imperative for you project, you will want to select a hard copy proof. However, please be aware that there is an extra charge for a hard copy proof. Adobe Acrobat runs on both IBM and Macintosh platforms and can be downloaded for free from

JPEG: This digital format can be opened by any Internet browser. We'll send you the address where your JPEG proof resides on our website. Again, monitor calibration, lighting and use of Pantone® colors may affect color fidelity. If color accuracy is imperative for your project, you will want to select a hard copy proof. However, please be aware that there is an extra charge for a hard copy proof.

Hard Copy Proofs

For your convenience, we do offer hard copy proofs of your printing project if you require one. There may be additional charges depending on the complexity of the project.

Delivery of Proofs

Electronic proofs (PDF or JPEG) are accessible to you online or by email. They are viewed from a designated site on our server (we'll send you the URL when the proof is ready for review). Hard copy proofs will be sent to you via overnight delivery service. Mail us back your approved proofs as soon as possible so that we can begin printing. If you have corrections, you have two options: 1) you may make the corrections yourself and send us new files. We will charge you $25 to process the files. 2) We can make the changes for you. We charge $75/hour for all corrections with a $25 minimum. If you want to see another proof, we can prepare one for you. Production for your job will not begin until we receive written sign off on the proof.

What To Look For On A Proof

Attention to detail is the key to successful proofing. This checklist will help you make sure your checking your proofs thoroughly.

  • Is any type dirty or broken?
  • Are photos positioned, cropped and scaled correctly?
  • Are bleeds, perforations and folds indicated properly?<
  • Are text and graphics in the right places?
  • Is the trim size correct?
  • Are borders correct?
  • Are elements appropriately aligned, especially at the tops and bottoms of sections or pages?
  • Are there any typos?
  • Is the pagination correct?
  • Are colors correct?
  • Are screen values correct

Proofs : Coatings: Folding : Paper : Ink

Contact LB Printery today to discuss your full color printing needs.

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