> I'm uploading files for a direct to print order. How can I see a test print or proof of my image?
I'm uploading files for a direct to print order. How can I see a test print or proof of my image?
What is a proof (also called test print)? A proof is a print of your file using the same printer and same paper you intend to use when you make your final print. Usually proofs are made at a reduced size (typically 8" x 10"), but they can be made at any size. This allows you to see exactly how your image will look on the paper you choose.
Direct to print orders do not include test prints or printed proofs, however there is a simple way to proof your image. Let's say you want your final size print to be 24" x 36" using Premium Luster paper.
- Upload your image and order a smaller size print, for example an 8" x 10", using Premium Luster (the same paper you'll choose for your final prints).
- We'll print the image and mail it to you.
- Review the smaller print. If it looks good, go ahead and place the order for your 24" x 36" final print on Premium Luster. If it doesn't look the way you thought it should, you can edit the image, upload the new version, and order another test print.
This is also helpful if you want to see how the same image prints on two different papers. For example, a image printed on Premium Luster (a photo paper) will typically have more contrast than the same image printed on Photo Rag 308 (a matte surface watercolor paper).
Making test prints, also called hard proofing, has always been a part of fine printmaking. That's why our Custom Printing service includes test prints, so everyone involved (artist and printer) is seeing a hard print. Even the best calibrated displays will always look slightly different than a print. It's true you can soft proof on a calibrated display but nothing beat a test print to see the image exactly as it will print on paper.