Analog Color Proofing Methods - Analog Color Proofing Methods
A Basic Guide to Printing & Having a Successful Press Check - As your client base grows so will the size and scope of the creative work you do for them. If print design is one of your services, adding print services to your menu will add more value to your business and your bottom line. Even with the shift toward online print ordering, some printing due to the quantity and/or expense will require an in-person press check.
Blueline Guide - Tips and Tricks fo a Blueline Guide
CJPW Proofing - This site discusses monitor proofing, blueprints, matchprints, and the pros/cons of various other proofing methods. Describes what to look for and what a blueprint can tell you about your job. And The Press Proof.
“Contract Proofs” - The contract proof is usually a color proof that is looked on as a contract between the printer and client as the final proof before going to press.
Copy Approvals and Proofing Process - This isn't an article, however it will familiarize you with the publishing and proofing process. There are several stages of the approval and proofing process.
Desktop Publishing Bluelines - Usually inexpensive, photographic proof from negatives where all colors are shown in blue (or another color) is called a blueline. The negatives used for the printing plates are exposed to a photosensitive paper to produce the image on the blueline. A blueline is a type of contact proof, so named because it is created by having the negative come in contact with a special type of paper.
Digital Proofing Methods - Digital Proofing Methods Guide
How To Do A Press Check -A press check is the ultimate final proof.
Laser Proofing - Keep in mind that printing out laser or inkjet proofs is an important step that will "prove" your files so that what you see on the screen is what you get on the page.
“Prepress Proof” - A prepress proof is an analog or digital proof that uses inkjet, toner, dyes, overlays, photographic, film, or other techniques to give a close approximation of what the finished piece will look like.
Pricing Color Proofs - In this article, you’ll learn the actual prices buyers face when they pick and choose the type and level of color proofing acceptable to them.
Press Proofs - A press proof is a proof from the printing press, plates, and actual inks specified for the job. A press proof is used to verify images, tone values, colors, and imposition. Because it involves setting up the job and running a proof on the actual paper to be used, it is normally done with the designer on-site (and sometimes your customer as well). It's your last chance to get it right and can add additional cost to the job.
Pressroom Presscheck - A press check is the ultimate final proof. It's plates on the rollers, ink in the fountain "last chance dance" to making sure your project looks exactly as planned. Although there is an additional charge for the luxury of proofing work that is on press, it gives the client the ultimate say-so when it comes to refining the subtle variables of the printing experience. While it's impossible touch upon every aspect of printing, we have compiled a comprehensive list of points to help you achieve the look you desire.
Proof Checklist - A Proof Checklist to use.
Proofing – What is it and why is it done?
Proofs for Desktop Publishing - Outline of Proofing Systems
Proofing Halftone Patterns - First, understand that the ink-jet proof does not display a traditional, offset printing halftone pattern.
“Proofs” - A general term for a variety of options for seeing what your file will look like when printed is a proof.
Reviewing a Blueline Proof - What should you look for when reviewing the blueline your printer sends you?
The Cew Contract Proof - What criteria determine acceptability for a manufacturing process based on visual perception? For most high-quality printers, a key part of the workflow has been the contract proof. Printers wishing to provide outstanding value to their customers now have an expanding range of options, even while budgets and timeframes shrink.
The Uses of Proofs - Different types of proofs used
What Makes a Contract Proof? - What makes a "contract proof" a contract proof, and how can any of them accurately represent on press color? What makes them any better than a profiled dye sub print?
Business Cards: Ideas and Inspiration, Part II
Today we continue looking at business cards that stand out, and here’s hoping you get some inspiration and ideas! After all, you only get one first impression, so your business card should be something that showcases the best of your design abilities. On Wednesday we looked at the use of interesting shapes, 3D business cards, [...]
Business Cards: Ideas and Inspiration, Part I
As a graphic designer, your business card should do more than let people know how to contact you. If you’re interested in truly making a good first impression, the business card has got to stand out. Whether through color, design, die cutting, unique materials, 3D shapes, or actual samples of your work, a stand-out business [...]
Collaborating and Negotiating: Part II
Today, we’re looking at the collaboration side of negotiation and collaboration in graphic design. Because your work is ultimately for the client, at times you as the designer must be willing to compromise to reach a mutually agreeable goal. Here are some tips to help you collaborate with clients. Ways to Collaborate Listen. On page 28 [...]
Collaborating and Negotiating: Part I
It’s there in the design brief: the problem your client wants you to solve. But whether your objective is to create an advertisement, exhibition or public announcement, sometimes you and the client aren’t quite on the same page about what exactly the best design solution is. OC Photographer asked a great question about the collaborating [...]
When Things Go Bad: 5 Tips for Firing Clients
Most graphic designers will be in a similar situation at some point: the client will not pay, the client is never satisfied with your work yet won’t collaborate to fix it, or you simply realize that you and the client are not meshing. Regardless of when and why you need to fire a client, everyone [...]
Tips for Working with Clients: Approaching the Relationship
Whether you’re looking for design classes, design degree programs, internships or first jobs, it’s important to choose an option that will help you learn clear communication, especially when it comes to designer/client relationships. Knowing how to work with clients should always be part of a successful graphic design education. The following tips can help you [...]
Working for Good: Pro Bono Design, Part II
If you’re interested in doing pro bono graphic design work, it’s important to educate yourself about smart ways to do it. Once you’ve got some guidelines, you can approach your pro bono work with creativity; unless your client specifically requests it, you don’t need to limit yourself to a brochure. Consider these ideas for pro [...]
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