A digital proof
is a color
prepress proofing method where a job is printed from the digital file using inkjet
, color laser
, dye sublimation
, or thermal wax
print technologies to give a good approximation of what the final printed piece will look like. The digital proof is generally less expensive than other prepress proofs. Digital proofs can often be produced on the actual paper stock of the job adding another element of accuracy.
Digital proofing also includes a type of almost-WYSIWYG on-screen monitor proofing or soft proofing generally only used in the early stages of production.
Digital proofs come in continuous tone and halftone proofs. Strides in color technology increasingly allow some digital proofs to serve as contract proofs.
Also Known As: dry proof | off-press proof | digital CMYK proof | continuous tone proof | halftone proof
Digital proofing is generally less expensive than other prepress proofing methods or press proofs but they aren't as accurate for checking trapping and identifying moire problems as overlay and laminate proofs. They are a viable option on most simple print projects and high-end digital proofs can provide even greater accuracy for more complex jobs.