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New Methods of Color Proofing

Blueline proofs have been the industry standard for a number of years. However, as technology continues to improve and become cheaper and more accessible, new methods for creating proofs have gained popularity.

Ink-Jet Proofs - Ink-Jet Color proofs are an obvious choice in direct-to-plate printing, as there is no film from which to create a blueline. However, Ink-Jet proofs are also replacing blueline proofs for jobs that will be using plates and film. This is because Ink-Jet proofs can be printed in full-color on full eight or sixteen page proofs. This speeds up the entire process as no film needs to be produced in order to create the proof. Ink-Jet proofs also make it easier and cheaper to make final edits or changes as they can be made before any film has been created.

There are, however, certain cases for which Ink-Jet proofs wonít work. The colors on Ink-Jet proofs are not composed of halftone dots. So if your job requires you to be able to examine the dot patterns of the four colors, then you cannot use an Ink-Jet proof.

Soft-Proofing - Another alternative to the blueline proof is losing the paper altogether. A soft proof is a digital proof sent to your computer. You can review the proof on your monitor and reply with changes. The advantages of this method are obvious - it is much faster, as you donít need to wait for the proof to be delivered and returned; it is cheaper; and it allows for a large team to be able to review the proof without having to be in the same room. The only drawback of the soft proof is that the colors you see on your monitor will not exactly match the colors that are produced in print. If even the slightest difference in color is important to you, then you might want to avoid the soft-proofing method and stick to a hard-copy proof.

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