Got proof? Know your editing marks

Whether you are doing the proofing or making edits to a project, a graphic designer has to know what proofreaders’ marks mean.

It’s a very good idea to have someone else proof a project that you are working on. Usually, because you are so familiar with the contents, you are likely to overlook errors another reader would catch.

sm_proofreaders_marksWhen proofing, always make corrections using a red pen. This makes them easy to distinguish from the text. Make the correction using the appropriate mark and also note it in the closest margin. Sometimes I will circle the change, especially if it’s small, for instance, a missing period would be easy to miss.

When making corrections to a piece that someone else proofed I start at the beginning and work my way to the end. I use a highlighter to check off each change as I do it to make doubly sure that I’ve made it.

Click here to download a copy of the most common proof marks.