Approving Artwork For CD Duplication.

An important part of the CD duplication process is approving artwork for the disc and packaging print. When we have received suitable artwork to correct dimensions and specification our reprographics department process the artwork ready for final print. Once artwork has been processed we will email copies of the print ready PDFs for approval.

Customers should check the PDF content proofs very carefully to ensure all content is correct before proceeding with the CD duplication and print. Specific issues to check for include:

Is all text being displayed in the correct fonts?
Is all text copy correct?
Are page numbers and pagination correct?
Are all punctuation marks displayed correctly?
Are colour modes and spot pantone colours defined correctly?
Is white or silver base correctly specified for the disc print?
Are all CD or DVD logos displayed correctly?
Is artwork aligned correctly with crop marks?
Are all text areas at least 3mm away from trim?
Are any gloss or matt finishing options specified?

The PDF proofs are intended as a final check for all of the above. PDF proofs are not accurate for colour, brightness or contrast. A computer monitor displays colour using RGB mode whereas physical print is either CMYK or pantone colour. Therefore the colours displayed on a computer monitor can never be 100% accurate to the final printed matter. Also the fact that every individual will have their monitor calibrated slightly differently means that a PDF viewed on one computer monitor may look completely different in colour to the same PDF viewed on another computer monitor.

When approving artwork by PDF the customer must do so on the understanding that there will be colour variance between PDFs viewed on a RGB monitor and the final CMYK printed parts. If you have artwork that is colour critical we would always recommend a 100% colour accurate hard copy proof such as Sherpa or Agfa proofing. Colour accurate proofs are available from our print suppliers at a cost of £30 per A3 sheet.

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