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Printing a Hard Proof

In the language of the print world, a soft-proof is viewed on a monitor, and a hard proof (sometimes referred to as a match print) is viewed on a piece of paper, typically printed on the device that is less expensive than the final output, such as an inkjet, or laser printer. In the last few years, many inkjet printers now have the resolution necessary to produce inexpensive prints that can be used as hard proofs, which previously had to be printed on high-end printing presses, or expensive high-resolution laser printers. A hard proof gives you something you can hold in your hands, and is not only useful for viewing colors, but even evaluating the layout. Since a monitor typically displays a document at a different size, you now have an exact size match to the final document.


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