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Start Your Project With a Free Proof 

A proof is a PDF copy of your file that shows any problem areas in your design. This free service is a fast and easy way to have your artwork reviewed for technical issues before we print it. The proof includes all the changes our team made and recommendations on how to make your file print ready.

In the example below, you will see that the original file has some parts cut off in the design.

Before: Important elements in the design were cut off because of insufficient bleed.

After: The proof shows the corrected technical issues, including where the artwork would be cut off after printing.

Service Details

Our prepress team reviews all artwork to ensure technical accuracies before printing. Each file goes through a 33-point print check to ensure that it meets our printing requirements.

What’s Next?

You will receive a link to the free PDF proof via email (see sample proof). Review and approve the changes our that our team made, so we can print your project.

If you don’t agree with the changes, you may reject or decline the proof and let us know your recommendations.

Our team may ask you to modify your artwork. In this case, you need to upload a new file that addresses all the issues listed in the proof.

File Inspection

All files go through a 33-point human- and computer-led inspection to ensure that your design prints out error-free. This service includes examining files for technical issues such as:

  • Artwork dimensions
  • Bleed setup
  • Safety areas
  • Image resolution & size
  • Font sizes
  • Proper text spacing
  • Un-embedded fonts
  • Folding setup
  • Page scaling
  • Line weights
  • Narrow borders
  • USPS mailing compliance
  • And more...

FAQs

A: The free file review is a complimentary service that we offer to all customers. You will not be charged for the free PDF proof. To print your order, simply approve the proof and proceed to checkout.
A: The PDF proof does not show an accurate color reproduction of your printed file. If you need to check the colors in your artwork, we recommend getting a hard copy proof ($35 + shipping).
A: We recommend uploading your file in PDF format. However, you can also use other files listed in our File Format Guide.
A: File set up depends on the type of print you order. You can see the different file requirements on our Setup Guide page.
A: Our team can check your file and send you the proof within six to 12 business hours. If you’re in a rush, we recommend placing a paid order and requesting a PDF proof.
A: No, printing turnaround begins once the proof is approved and full payment is settled.

Choose Your Project

Should I start with a free proof?

Have your file professionally reviewed for technical errors. The free file check is for:

  • Anyone who needs help with file set up
  • Designers who need client sign-off
  • Complex custom or multi-page orders

*Please note that we do not fix typographical errors and low-resolution images.