There are two types of proofs you need to know about when you order prints online with Mixam. Both templates simplify the ordering process - so you can perfect andyour designs.
Proof Type 1: The Automated proof
The Automated proof is the initial proof you receive once you upload your files.
This proof type is ideal for checking elements of your work such as:
- Your images in a low resolution
- The positioning of your work
- Your page sequences
- The content of your files
this proof type is not effective when verifying colour. Viewing your work on a monitor does not ensure colour accuracy.
How do I access this proof?
When you have uploaded your files to the Artwork Dashboard, there are three ways you can view this proof:
Click the Preview button at the top of your screen. We will generate a 3D version of your work or an online flipbook for multipage documents. This proof is helpful so you can see how pages fold and turn.
You can create an Electronic proof and download it as a portable document format (PDF). While you cannot change a PDF file, it’s a great way to check your work before you print. You can also press the Share button at the top of the preview to distribute and share your work with others.
Once you have uploaded your work, you can click on individual thumbnails to view your work in detail. Each thumbnail will include:
Trim Marks: also known as trim lines or crop marks. You can see these lines on the corners of your file to show where we will trim the paper.
Bleed Marks: these guides ensure your design goes beyond the edge of the paper to prevent white lines from appearing once trimmed.
Gutter Margin: this space makes room to bind perfect bound books, like Hardcovers
Proof Type 2 – The Professional proof
Consider the Professional proof as printer-ready – what you see is what you’ll get. Like the Automated and Electronic proofs, this proof type is not colour accurate. Text and image errors on processed files will become clear. As a result, you can adjust any errors beforehand until you are happy with your files.