From time to time we receive requests for a “press proof.” While we make every effort
to accommodate such requests, please note that a dedicated press proof will not be
available on every job.
For starters, a genuine press proof is a proof that has been printed on the actual
press, then trimmed, folded, bound and otherwise assembled into a finished product
that can be handled and reviewed before the longer press run is initiated. While we
are often able to assemble a press proof when our digital printers are used, if we
run a job on our offset presses the process of stopping the press and assembling a
press proof is typically not feasible from a cost perspective. With offset printing,
documents are often printed en masse, and obtaining a press proof from an offset printer
is difficult and costly. Further, changes made to a document being printed in offset
fashion after viewing a press proof require new plates, further increasing the cost
of a job.
If a job requires the use of a special printing or binding process that we are unable
to perform in-house, we will typically outsource the job. In the event that a job
is outsourced, press proofs are often unavailable, as the vendor may not always be
able or willing to supply a press proof.
Please check with your customer service representative to confirm that a press proof
is available and what, if any, impact meeting such a request could have on your printing
schedule. Also, please note that in some instances additional charges might be incurred
in the production of a press proof.