Virtual Proofing the New Color Contract Proof
Color contract proofing on a computer monitor over the Internet, popularly known as 'virtual proofing', is here. Kodak Polychrome Graphics (KPG) believes that virtual proofing is as effective in predicting final printed color as traditional hard copy contract proofs. At long last, a true virtual color proof is a color contract proof.
The ability for proofs to be viewed and managed entirely online throughout the creation and production phases, from concept to contract, saves publishers, graphic arts professionals, and their clients valuable time.
While the process of sending hard copy proofs for reviews and approvals often takes several days, virtual proofing allows review and approval cycles to occur in hours. Achieving time savings and other benefits requires a total system approach for true virtual proofing that includes computer hardware, software, and other equipment.
A brief overview of computer-based proofing systems on the market today points out the primary benefits and limitations of each.
'Soft proofing' refers to displaying files on a computer monitor for non color-critical application. The most common form of soft proofing, a PDF file, is used to display an image's or layout's position, geometry, and fonts, but is not used for accurate color.
'Remote proofing' means prints are sent electronically for hard copy printing at a remote destination. This method is also not entirely dependable for judging color, due to variances in the output devices used by the person or organization receiving the files.
'Virtual proofing' represents a robust system solution that combines the workflow advantages of soft proofing with the quality and communications advantages of remote and hard copy proofs. Following years of extensive research and testing in areas such as color science and software development, the Kodak Polychrome Graphics Matchprint Virtual Proofing System provides all the features and benefits of a true virtual proofing solution.