Ultimate Proofing Guide for Print and Text Editing

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Looking for a quick, streamlined method for improving the products you create?


Proofreading symbols offer a shorthand method for editing the documents or images you produce. Proofreading symbols are a coded set of instructions used to indicate where the mistakes are or how a piece can be improved. Below are some of the most common proofreading symbols for general text editing and image correction.

Here’s a list of the most common proofreading marks: 

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Image Correction

Did you know there are also image correction marks used in printing? Here’s a list of the most common image correction marks: 

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Although a significant amount of revision takes place in software’s track changes or commenting features, typically the most thorough reviews happen when an offline editor is physically reviewing a printed document. 

Having a proofreading cheat sheet handy gives you a helpful shortcut while keeping members of your team on the same page. 

Edit and enjoy!

The Visual Dictionary of Pre-Press and Production

by Gavin Ambrose and Paul Harris

The Visual Dictionary of Pre-press & Production is a concise and comprehensive introduction to the world of print and production. Containing textual and visual definitions for over 250 pre-press and production terms, this book is an invaluable reference tool for all students and practitioners of graphic design, typography, illustration, and visual communication subjects. From practical terms such as Accents, Bitmap and Color calibration, to styles and finishes such as Canadian and half-Canadian, Perfect Bound and TCF (Totally Chlorine Free), this book contains both modern terminology and the traditional terms still in current usage.