A few days ago, I wrote about receiving the white dummy of my Majestic and Magical photo-book via FedEx a couple weeks before.
I was very impressed with the quality of the sample, including the page thickness and glossiness, and the overall weight and obvious durability of the book.
After weeks of behind-the-scenes activity, this tangible reminder allowed me to be excited about this photo-book project once again!
One the same day I wrote about the white dummy, I picked up the color proof and I was even more impressed with this sample. I’ve been eager to show it to you, but thought that I should first explain what a color proof is.
A color proof is just one of many steps in the printing and publishing of a physical book (the steps for an eBook would be different, of course).
After all designs and edits are complete, the printer must verify with the client (that’s me, in this case) the specifications of the final product and does so with various samples. Thse samples usually include:
- White dummy – confirms specifications relating to the physical book, such as paper weight
- Color proof – confirms that the colors have been rendered as expected
- Press proof – this final sample combines the previous two and shows what the finished book will look like
Businessdictionary.com says this about color proofs:
A color proof is a full-color test print that shows exactly how the colors will look in actual (final) printing. Color proofs are submitted before the press proof, and provide the penultimate chance to make alterations or to correct mistakes. Also called pre-press proof.
My color proof
I had no idea what to expect when I opened the box. But I was pleasantly surprised nonetheless.
The color proof isn’t shipped in a regular book format, with a hardcover and pages stitched together. On the contrary, what I found was the full color print of every page in the book, held together by pieces of tape.
I know it doesn’t sound like much, but remember the color proof is only a proof of how the colors will be represented in the final print. Here’s a video that shows me flipping through the sample:
Now that I’ve seen what the build of the book will look like and what the printed pages will look like, the next step is the press proof. This will be an actual prototype of the final book.
I’d like to get your feedback though. Of course the video can’t show exactly how it looks. But I’m sure you now have a fair idea on the quality… so I’d like to know what you think.
Tell me in the comments below!