Why A Printed Proof is Always Recommended!

Before you publish your book, it’s important to do a test run and ensure that everything looks exactly the way you want it. Which is why it makes a lot of sense to have a printed proof book, as it can help you see if the results are exactly how you expect it or not. A proof is always important to have, and in case things are not ok, you can make changes until you are happy.

What is the role of a printed proof?

A proof is basically a prototype that gives you an accurate representation of the final product. While you can see the book on your computer, having it physically in your own hands is a lot more important and that’s certainly something to keep in mind. You want a proof because it can make the difference between a seamless print run and a very challenging one. This is a wonderful way to find and correct any print quality issues related to graphic effects, fonts, file rendering problem, which can end up being expensive if you fix them later on.

This copy of the printed proof shows how one copy will look like before it goes to print.
Left Book is a printed proof, the right book is the final copy of a gold foil plus debossed finishing book.

What kind of printed proofs do you need?

There are different types of proofs, based on what you need. If you just want to see the layout and content, the way they look etc., then a digital printed proof is a very good option. It’ll showcase the exact paper stock, book size, binding and layout of the final product. However, for an offset printed order, the digital printed proof may be limited to show the color accuracy of the final product. But at least, it’ll display an close enough idea of how the color will come out and the overall feel of the final product. If you require a more color accuracy on the print proof, then you may need to order a press proof before production begins.

What is a soft proof? What is a hard proof?

The soft proof is an electronic file and it simulates the appearance of the final piece that will be printed soon. A hard proof on the other hand is the physical sample. This is the one that you use for those print projects that can be rather complicated. With that in mind, these are better if you have to create brochures or any larger books. It shows if everything is smooth and with the right look or not.

Are printed proofs free or not?

Generally, it depends on the printer. Soft proofs come free of charge, but in many cases a hard printed proof will come with some charges. In most cases we include a print proof free of charge for offset printed order or any order above 500 copies. To find out how much your project printed proof will cost, use our online calculator and in the extra section select “printed and laminated bound proof”.


A printed proof is very important if you want to be sure that everything is working just as expected. The last thing you want is to encounter any printing problems during the printing process. This can lead to major expenses, and that’s something to keep in mind. Thankfully, a printed proof helps you avoid any expensive mistakes, since you can check and see if everything is working right as expected. Doing that properly can make a huge difference, so it’s a great idea to use a printed proof before you start printing anything!