We provide a number of proofing options depending on the time available and the complexity of the project. All the options are provided as a complimentary service, providing we have the time in the production process to do so. The various options are detailed below.
1) A .pdf or soft proof (1-day)
The most popular proofing for softcover video brochures.
a) Easily shared via e-mail
b) Reliable and detailed
c) Quick to produce and a good color match
a) A .pdf proof does not show up anomalies in the design which become apparent with a mock-up
b) We cannot imitate special treatments or the dimming effect of matte lamination in the .pdf
2) Digital mock-up & pdf (lead times 1-2 w/days)
By far the most popular and quickest proofing option we offer, upon receipt of digital files, we digitally print the outer wrap, hand-cut a sample (without lamination), mount the screen, load video, shoot and take digital pictures. We then upload to WeTransfer for you to download as a working proof. We provide this along with a low resolution .pdf to check color-match. This is the basic level of proofing, the most popular and the quickest.
c) Highlights any design oversights
d) You can see the loading sequence and button controls working clearly
a) As this is a soft proof, we cannot imitate lamination which affects the color accuracy
b) We cannot imitate special colors or foils with a digital output.
3) Production sample (Lead Times 6-7 w/days):
The most reliable and 100% accurate method of proofing is to follow the steps above and then to print, die-cut, laminate, and ship the first production copy for approval prior to finishing and delivering your bulk order. A working sample is the only truly authentic way to show what the finished product will look like (because it is just that).
a) 100% accurate
a) Adds to lead time by 4-5 days
4) Video boxes (2 Weeks):
Where we are undertaking video box orders, all tooling and design templates are originated from scratch. At the preliminary design stage, we produce a white dummy to confirm the structural design of the box. Once this is finalized, we print a digital mock-up and finally ship a first-off-line production copy for approval prior to delivering the bulk order.