In a previous look at providing PDFs to your printer, we deduced that if you don’t provide artwork to your printer as a PDF file, they’ll put a hex on your friends and family (at the very least) and your cozy working life will turn into a maelstrom of anguish and gnashing of teeth.
So hopefully you’re now firmly in the camp that has learned: PDFs = good.
But unfortunately, outputting to PDF doesn’t always lead you skipping down the yellow brick road to printing happiness. You see, there can be errors that creep into to the PDF proof you supply too.
One potential reason I’ve heard of that may cause some of these problems is that designers make the (seemingly sensible) step of creating proofs from their layout. They check these proofs then make the PDF. What actually should happen is that proofs are made from the PDFs first, then checked. This removes many of the inconsistencies between the PDF and proof that can be caused by the software package itself.
For more information on how to check your artwork before printing, have a look at our quick guide on preflighting.