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Hard Copy Proofing Sheet

(If you haven’t added a hard copy proofing sheet to your order, you can skip this step.)

Production of your hard copy proof will take place once you’ve approved your electronic proof. In most cases, you will receive your press sheet(s) in the mail as a rolled parcel. However, if your project is a hardcover book and you’ve elected to add the cover to your hard copy proof, your press sheet(s) will arrive folded along with your hardcover proof.

Your proof sheet will arrive at your door approximately two weeks after you approve your electronic proof. From there, you have the opportunity to make revisions to your files based on the physical proof. If revisions are made we will provide additional electronic proofs. You may also purchase another round of hard copy proofing, which will take another 2 weeks from your electronic proof approval.

To approve your hard copy proof sheet, email or call your account rep. Once approved full production of your project will begin within 1-2 business days.

Hard Copy Proofing Process and Example

For most standard size projects (up to 8.5” x 11”), you may select up to 8 pages to be printed for your hard copy proof sheet. We recommend you choose the 8 inside pages with the colors you’re most concerned about. Email your account rep the page numbers of those you would like to see printed. These 8 pages will be printed on a parent sheet using the same paper stock as you’ve selected for your final project. For cost on hardcopy proofing visit our proofing options page, and our hardcopy proof calculator.

For a complete walkthrough of our hardcopy proof sheets, please check out the visual guide below:

Are hardcopy proofs available domestically?

Hard copy proofs are not available for domestic orders but single-unit orders can be purchased before placing a higher volume digital-offset order. If you are considering a single-unit order domestically as a hardcopy proof for an offset printed order, keep in mind that products printed domestically will not be reflective of a final product printed through offset printing. Materials, finishes, and binding techniques differ between the two print services, so it cannot serve as a one-to-one comparison.

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