The digital reproduction of an image or page onto a paper or plastic substrate. Eliminating the use of film. Some image actual halftone dots at full resolution, like the Kodak Approval and the Fuji Final Proof. Others, like the Iris, do not.
A digital proof is a color prepress proofing method where a job is printed from the digital file to an inkjet, color laser, dye sublimation printer, or thermal wax printer to give a good approximation of what the final printed piece will look like. The digital proof is generally less expensive than other proofs that use the printing press and inks.
Data producing a color image on paper which has the look of the final product before is it printed.