Printing Lingo: What is a Physical Mock-Up?

Printed mock-ups help visualize the layout of the finished piece

In the world of printing, a Physical Mock-Up refers to a representative sample that is created prior to production. Physical mock-ups are used to help evaluate the look, feel and function of an item before any actual printing takes place.

A physical mock-up is usually made with the same dimensions and paper stock as the final product. Depending on the intended purpose of the mock-up, it may be printed or left unprinted.

Printed mock-ups are commonly used to help visualize the placement of text, images, borders, margins, and other details in the layout. Unprinted mock-ups are often created to show the construction of a piece, such as how it will be laminated, bound, trimmed, or folded.

Unprinted mock-ups are often used to show construction details

Sometimes referred to as a "dummy" or "prototype", a physical mock-up is beneficial to both the client and printer because it provides valuable insight into how the finished pieces will appear. That said, not all print projects warrant the need for a physical mock-up. Mock-ups are usually reserved for projects that require extra review prior to production, such as those with special design and/or construction features.

If you have any questions about mock-ups or other print-related questions, give Formax a call at 866-367-6221. Or, if you have an upcoming print project and would like a quote, submit our quote request form. We look forward to working with you!

Take care! Rick

About the Author

Rick Stallings is the owner of Formax Printing Solutions in St. Louis, MO. Formax provides a complete array of offset and digital printing services. Specialty areas include book printing, full-color printing, laminated printing, map printing and mailing services. If you ever have a printing question or project you would like to discuss, Rick is always happy to help. He can be reached at 866-367-6221 or by submitting our easy quote request form. Rick and the Formax team have been providing worry-free printing and related services since 1985.

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