File Validation Process

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The file validation process guarantees the compatibility of your files with the printing process, aiming to amend any errors that might have occurred before going to print. Pulsio Print provides several options.

Electronic proofs

Due to our high standards of control, we use electronic proofs 100% of the time. That also saves time and transport expenses. The electronic proofs are the final, print-ready files of the interior and cover that we send to our clients for final approval before they are uploaded for print.

Digital proofs (cromalins) 

We use digital proofs (cromalins) to check the registration of the colours of the cover or the content. You could also send us digital proofs so that we can comply with your special requirements. Alternatively, we could courier you digital proofs for validation. The shared expense is 30USD.

Cromalins of a full color book cover with the colour registration
Registration of colour for a digital proof printing

Wet proofs/“Real proof” – (28″ x 40″)

Wet proofs are the most accurate way to see exactly how your finished product will look after print. This is also the most expensive type of proofing. This is due to the fact that instead of making an approximate of how the final print job will look (something that happens with Digital Laser Proof/Dry Proof), here the actual print plates have to be prepared. A book set-up and calibration of the machines has to be done as well. The print run is done by skilled print professionals.

However, bear in mind that the wet proof will cost you less than having to reject a print run of a thousand books if the colours are off, or a last-minute alteration is needed. If you’re printing designs that require speciality colouring or inks, or testing a new paper – wet proofing is an ideal way to ensure accuracy and clarity. It is recommended for more specialised jobs such as high-quality art books, full colour or B&W photo books.

We use the exact same materials and colours to create the proof that we will for the job, even down to the exact same inks. We take your reprographic files to perform a print ‘test run’ to get an accurate idea of how everything will come together in your final packaging so you can feel confident going to press. Aside from these benefits, wet proofing is also helpful as you don’t need to attend the first print press, and quality issues can be excluded.

(1) Once you decide to accept the proof, the same print plates are used to make the final print run. (2) If you reject the proof, the changes have to be applied, and new print plates will have to be made. The prices are as it follows:

Wet proof/“Real proof” – (28″ x 40″)Prices*
Printing 4/0 (4 colors recto)170
Printing 4+4 (4 colors recto and 4 colors verso) 230
Printing 1/0 (black)85
Printing 1/1 (black)125
Printing 1/0 (1 color Pantone recto)210 (160 if the Pantone is in stock)
Printing 1/1 (1 color Pantone recto, 1 verso)265 (210 if the Pantone is in stock)
Printing 2/0 (2 colors Pantone recto)265 (210 if the Pantone is in stock)
Printing 2/2 (2 colors Pantone recto, 2 verso)305 (255 if the Pantone is in stock)
Cover 4/0 without lamination190
Cover 4/4 without lamination230

*All prices in USD (excl. VAT).

*If the Wet proof is laminated, 40USD is added to the price.

*If the Wet proof is made and sent by express delivery, 65USD is added to the price.

28" by 40" real proof printing on Offset machine
Full clour book cover real proof printed
Full clour book cover real proof printed
Real proof printing on Offset machine on a large format of 70 by 100 cm
Printing of a wet proof of full colour pictures

Blank dummy 

In some cases, we might produce a blank dummy of a book or a catalogue using the actual materials for the job. That allows the client to see the folding, gathering and binding of the product and its actual size.

The prices for production are as follows:

  • USD160 for a hardcover book;
  • USD85 for a sewn and glued paperback book;
  • USD65 for a glued-only paperback book.
Hardcover blank book cut and bound together
Blank books trimmed and assembled
Blank cover book production
Blank cover book production

Set of printed and folded sheets for approval / Check copy

In this case, you receive a set of printed and folded sheets for approval prior to binding for you to make a final check and make changes, if necessary. That type of proofing is usually used for upmarket and exclusive products. Please note that the replacement of one or more sections implies the reprinting of these sections at your expense.

Set of printed and folded sheets proof without binding
Set of printed and folded sheets proof without binding
Set of printed and folded sheets proof without binding
Set of printed and folded sheets of a book cover and content without binding

Pulsio Print: Processing files before printing

That video that shows the different steps followed by the Pulsio Print prepress service to process and adapt your files in order to have a good quality for your documents.