Proof Review Checklist

Properly and carefully reviewing the proof that was provided to you by your vendor prior to printing is one of the most critical steps in the process. Here is a step-by-step outline to help you through the process. We can’t express how important this step is. At the end of the day, it’s your responsibility to ensure what is printed in accurate. Approving projects with errors can be an expensive mistake.

Proof Review Checklist

Color Accuracy – Color throughout the project is to your expectation

Clarity – confirm all content and images appear as you intended

Complete copy – Ensure nothing was left out or there were no reflow issues during your file transfer

Margins – Content and images that are not intended to bleed off the page should be at least .25” from all page edges

Size – the finished size is what you intended it to be

Cross-overs between pages – Do they line up properly and is there any critical information or images on the seam that should be moved

Bleeds – there are no white borders in areas where the image is intended to bleed

Previously requested changes – proof read to ensure all final changes have been made to your project before approving for production

Accurate line breaks – review your files carefully for reflow which could occur when files are opened on different computers

Accurate page numbers – if your project has page numbers, review to ensure they are in sequence

Typefaces and font size – review carefully for fonts that may have defaulted and do not appear to be accurate

Spelling – always double check spelling throughout for accuracy

Zip codes/phone numbers/addresses/times/locations/etc. – carefully review your contact information for 100% accuracy

Page order (if there are multiple pages) – Make sure the pages of your project are in sequence per your expectation

Quality (no visible flaws or blemishes) – graphics and images are clear, flesh tones and your corporate colors are accurate

Folds – make sure your content is positioned properly with adequate spacing so it does not interfere with folding

Special Finishing – perforations, diecuts, embossing, foil stamping, etc.