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Proofing Options

All orders submitted to Greenerprinter require proof approval. We offer "soft" (onscreen) PDF proofs, or "hard" (printed inkjet) proofs. Please read below to determine which proofing option best fits your job.

NOTE: Hard proofs are NOT available for the following items:

  • Artwork created in the Design Center. Design center orders are proofed and approved onscreen, and sent immediately into production.
  • "No Proof" business card orders. Artwork is uploaded and proofed onscreen, and sent immediately into production.
  • Orders that use metallic or other custom inks. Our inkjet proofing system won't reliably reproduce custom ("spot") colors. For work of this nature, please refer to the relevant ink guide (e.g. Pantone™ Matching System Guide)
  • Orders that are printed on Kraft paper. Hardcopy inkjet proofs are printed on our semi-gloss proofing stock, and calibrated to closely match our press output. For Kraft paper orders, you will receive a PDF soft proof that will approximate the look of the kraft paper.
 
SOFT PROOFS:

A "soft proof" is a final high-resolution PDF of your file which is generated by our PDF workflow system. Soft proofs are the fastest and least expensive (free) way to proof your job. Unless you have serious concerns about the color of your printed piece, we recommend choosing the soft proof option.

Overview of soft proof approval process:

  • Within 1 business day of placing your order, you will receive an email with a link (web page address) to your PDF soft proof.

  • Open and review the PDF soft proof using Adobe Acrobat Reader.

  • After reviewing the proof, you have 3 choices:
    1. Proof approved:
      • Enter your name in the box on the proof approval web page link that was sent to you.
      • The production turnaround time that you selected when placing your order begins NOW.
      • You will receive an email confirming the approval of your proof, and showing your target ship date. PLEASE NOTE THAT SHIPPING TIME IS IN ADDITION TO PRODUCTION TIME!

    2. Proof disapproved, new files will be sent:
      • Check this box if you discover a problem with your proof (typo, misspelling, etc) and need to send a new file(s).
      • Your order will remain in "Proof Out" status until new files are uploaded.
      • When you are ready to upload new files, log back in to our site, and go to "View Account".
      • Click on the order from the "Account Details" page, and choose "Upload Additional Files" or "Invite a Friend to Upload".

    3. Proof disapproved, changes required:
      • Check this box if you discover a problem with your proof (typo, misspelling, etc) and would like us to fix it.
      • Type the instructions for the change(s), and a member of our staff will contact you with any questions. (Please note that you will be charged $60 for file processing, which includes the changes.)
      • Our staff will make the requested changes and send you a revised proof.

 
HARD PROOFS:

A "hard proof" is a 600 dpi inkjet proof made from the final high-resolution PDF we create of your file. The price for a hard proof varies according to the nature of your project. When considering a hard proof, please keep the following in mind:

  • Our proofing devices are calibrated to match our presses, and are very accurate for color.
  • Hard proofs are printed on a standard semi-gloss inkjet paper, and are single-sided.
  • Crop marks are left on the proof so you can confirm that your artwork has appropriate bleed settings.
  • Hard proofs are intended to confirm content and color ONLY. If you are concerned about the actual paper that will be used for your project, please visit our sample request page.

Overview of hard proof approval process:

  • Within 1 business day of placing your order, we will ship your hard proof via overnight delivery.

  • Attached to the proof will be a "proof approval tag" with 3 choices:
    1. OK to print with no changes:
      • Sign and date the tag, and return (along with the proof) to Greenerprinter via the shipping method of your choice.
      • Once we receive the signed-off proof:
        1. You will receive an email confirming the approval of your proof, and showing your target ship date.
        2. The production turnaround time that you selected when placing your order will begin.
          PLEASE NOTE THAT SHIPPING TIME IS IN ADDITION TO PRODUCTION TIME!

    2. Send new PDF proof:
      • Check this box if the proof is NOT approved as sent, and you would like a new PDF ("soft") proof.
      • In the "Comments" box, indicate whether you will send new files or require us to make changes to the existing file.
      • Please note that if you request that we make the changes, you will be charged $60 for file processing and a soft proof.
      • If you're sending new files, log in and go to "Account Details" on our site. Select the order and click "Upload Additional Files."
      • We will send you a revised "soft proof" once we've made the changes or received and processed your new files (please see "Overview of soft proof approval process" above).

    3. Send new hard proof:
      • Check this box if the proof is NOT approved as sent, and you would like a new hard proof.
      • In the "Comments" box, indicate whether you will send new files or require us to make changes to the existing file.
      • Please note that if you request that we make the changes, you will be charged $60 for file processing in addition to the cost of the new proof(s). You will be sent an "Order Updated" email that includes the updated price.
      • If you're sending new files, log in and go to "Account Details" on our site. Select the order and click "Upload Additional Files."
      • We will send you a revised hard proof once we've made the changes or received and processed your new files.


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