Progressive Proofs

Progressive proofs are sequential test prints used in the printing process to check the accuracy of color and image reproduction. Each proof shows the addition of one color layer at a time, allowing for the evaluation of each color's contribution to the final image and ensuring proper alignment and color balance.


Color progression proofs


  1. Color Printing: During the printing of a full-color magazine, progressive proofs were used to verify that each CMYK layer (cyan, magenta, yellow, and black) was correctly aligned and produced the desired color balance.
  2. Packaging Design: For a new product packaging, progressive proofs helped the designers and clients visualize how each color would appear and make necessary adjustments before the final production run.
  3. Art Reproductions: When reproducing fine art prints, progressive proofs ensured that the subtle nuances of each color were accurately captured and aligned to match the original artwork.


  • Regular Inspection: Conduct regular inspections of progressive proofs to catch any color misalignments or inaccuracies early in the process.
  • Color Management: Use a calibrated color management system to ensure that the colors in the progressive proofs match the intended output.
  • Client Approval: Share progressive proofs with clients for approval to ensure they are satisfied with the color and alignment before proceeding to the final print run.
  • Detail Checks: Pay close attention to the registration marks and color consistency in each progressive proof to ensure high-quality results.
  • Adjustments: Make necessary adjustments to the printing plates, ink levels, and press settings based on the feedback from the progressive proofs to achieve the desired final output.

Progressive proofs are a vital tool in the printing process, allowing for meticulous checking of color and alignment. To learn more about this or other print terms, contact AP&B today!