|Proofing orders and Pre-Production Samples
Each job starts with a digital proof so that you and your client can make sure that the imprint, size, color and placement are correct. Keep in mind when reviewing the digital proof that this is just to give you a general feel for the final output. You should always make note of the dimensions and colors listed on the proof and not rely solely on the picture. Screen calibrations, brightness, contrast and resolution all vary. That means your proof will look different on each device you use to view it. So, which one is the closest to what it will truly look like?
This is where a pre-production sample can be an invaluable tool. When dealing with orders that have complex art, specific colors, special print techniques or you are trying to recreate a piece that was previously produced, the only way to truly know how the job will look when finished, is to see one completed. Digital proofs have their place and are very helpful, but they can’t tell you how the ink will look once applied to the fabric.
Although pre-production samples can be costly and can lengthen production time, when aiming for a precise look, they can save a job from being a potential disaster. Think of the pre-production sample as insurance. So what options do you have when you need to ensure a job meets some very high and specific expectations?