- Do you make a SWOP proof?
Yes, SWOP Coated 3, and SWOP coated 5.
- What is a SWOP proof?
SWOP is a printing and proofing
specification (standard) for web offset publication printing. A SWOP proof is one that
meets the SWOP press sheet characterization LAB data, including paper white, CMYK process ink densities and dot gain characteristics. A SWOP proof is also required to have an IDEAlliance color bar on the proof so it can be measured with a
device called a spectrophotometer to verify it meets SWOP specs. All of our proofs include a verified (read to meet specs) IDEAlliance color bar with a sticker on the back of the proof displaying the actual passing of specs for that individual proof. Essentially there is no arguing if the proof is accurate, the sticker proves the passing of the SWOP spec.
- What are the different types of proofs you offer at CMYKPROOF.com?
GMG DotProof (simulated halftone proof) in the various proof standards:
SWOP Coated 3 (US high end publication)
SWOP Coated 5 (US ground wood publication)
GRACoL Coated 1 (US "G7" Commercial)
ISO_coatedv2 aka FOGRA39 (International Commercial)
SNAP (US Newsprint, available in contone only)
Kodak Approval (true halftone proof) in the following proof standards:
SWOP Coated 3 (high end publication)
GRACoL Coated 1 (commercial)
For more info please see the <%= link_to 'Proofs', color_specs_path %> page.
- My document is set up for SWOPv2; do you make this kind of proof?
Yes, proofing to either SWOPC3
or SWOPC5 will work fine. SWOPv2 is an Adobe profile and technically has
a white point closer to SWOPC5, but which option you should select
depends on the publication for which you are supplying a proof (e.g.
Time Magazine will require a SWOPC5 proof, while Esquire will require a
SWOP C3 proof). It is always recommended that you check with the
magazine ad specs to determine which type of proof they require for each
individual publication. For more info please see the <%= link_to 'Proofs', color_specs_path %> page.
- I’m doing a custom commercial print job; which proof should I get?
GRACoL is intended and
recommended for commercial work, SWOP is best reserved for publication
work. Many custom commercial printers will say that they accept a SWOP
proof, but this is only because for a long time SWOP was the only
standard anyone could agree on. That has since changed. SWOP has a
narrow color space intended for publication stock. For general-purpose
CMYK proofs we recommend GRACoL or if being printed in Europe, FORGA39.
- Does your proof have a halftone dot?
Yes, all of our proofs are made with a real halftone dot.
- What are the advantages of having a halftone proof?
There are many: to check for screen in type, image produced moiré, banding in gradients, etc.
- What kind of Paper do you use for your GMG DotProof?
We use a heavy weight semimatte. All proofs are made on this heavy high quality stock.
- What kind of paper do you use for the Kodak Approval?
We use 100lb coated Lustro Gloss for GRACoL C1, and 100lb Fortune Gloss for SWOP C3
- Do you offer Uncoated stocks?
Uncoated paper and proofing options will be available soon.