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Contract Proofing

Why use Contract Proofs?

The most important reason is to set the standard that a printer must meet to fulfil the contract that you enter in to with them when buying litho print. Whether you are spending £500 or £50,000, supplying an independently produced contract proof will protect you from having to accept poor printing quality.

Printers are happier working with customers who supply contract proofs. Contract proofs give them a realistic quality standard to achieve (or exceed). They also ensure that any artwork problems have been spotted and resolved before the job is submitted to them.

Contract proofs may also be used earlier in the creative process, such as during presentations so that your customers aren't misled by unachievable colours for CMYK print campaigns and are then disappointed by the finished results.

They can also be used creatively, to experiment with printing techniques before commiting to an expensive print run. Unlike conventional printing, there are NO additional costs and NO limits to the number of special colours that you can run on a contract proof.

Techniques that are difficult to visualise accurately on screen, like overprints and duotones, are precisely rendered on contract proofs.


Certified FOGRA contract proofing prices: Delivery extra.

  • A3 = £35   with Fogra Certified sticker = £40 ( Minimum charge £35 )
  • A2 = £45   with Fogra certified sticker = £50
  • A1 = £60   with Fogra certified sticker = £65 

All proofs are made on Fogra Certified Semimatte 200gsm Proofing Paper and to the FOGRA39L (ISO Coated v2) colour profile as standard.

Other proofing media available on request.

Fine art printing

Epson believes professional-quality photos should last long after they have been printed. With the SureColor SC-P7000 STD Spectro you can be sure your prints aren't just of the highest quality but that they will keep this quality too. In fact, prints can even last up to 60 years on PGPP2.

Contract proof printing

Featuring an UltraChrome HDX ten-colour pigment ink-set with light light black, the SureColor SC-P7000 STD Spectro delivers 98% of Pantone-certified1 colours to create superior-quality, highly-accurate results with bright, vivid colours. For stunning prints, an Advanced Black and White Mode helps produce high density, deep, rich blacks and ultra-smooth tones.

Certified material

All our proofing papers have either reduced optical brighteners or no brighteners at all, so are ideal for meeting the exacting standards of FOGRA/ISO. Each paper is profiled to your individual requirements and is compatible with our workflow rip. Designed for optimum performance on our Epson and all are instant drying and water resistant.