Laminating & Finishing

The process of bonding a clear plastic film onto printed matter to protect it against stains, smudges, moisture, wrinkles, and tears. Greatly improves durability. Also enhances the vibrancy of the ink colors. Lamination is a popular choice for printed items that must endure heavy use, such as educational materials, flip charts, book covers, restaurant and bar menus, maps, and more!

Cerlox & Comb binding is the most common binding style used in North America and has been around for more than 40 years, is simple and readily available. Plastic comb binding books have the ability to open flat for easy copying and can be easily opened and closed with a comb binding machine for editing purposes.

Spiral coil binding is a great option for individuals searching for a different look for their presentations and proposals. Spiral coil binding involves winding a single piece of pre-coiled plastic binding onto the edge of your book. Spiral coil binding is available in more than 60 different colors making it ideal for marketing firms and designers.

Stapling & Saddle Stitching is a method of securing loose printed pages with staples down the middle of a folded sheaf of papers. Many booklets are saddled-stitched. Side-stitching is a similar method where the pages are stapled about 1/4″ from the spine. This is a cost effective way to attach up to 40 pages and can save quite a bit.

Twin Loop Wire binding is a popular binding style available for individuals who want a professional and durable bind. Twin loop wire binding comes out of the package in a C shape and a wire binding machine is used to close the wire binding so that it is round. 

Perfect binding is book binding – the type you see on paperback books. This type of binding looks awesome and is available for presentations and books. Well kept secret: you can perfect bind anything is you use a digital print shop. You can even self-publish a book and make it look really professional!

Scoring & folding the process of making a crease in paper so it will fold easier. Helps improve the appearance of the fold because it provides a consistent guideline. Used mostly on heavyweight papers and cardstock. Folding is a procedure that bends over a printed piece so that it lays flat upon itself.

Perforating a procedure that creates a series of very fine holes in paper or cardstock, usually along a straight line, to allow a portion of the printed piece to be easily detached by hand. Used for a variety of purposes, such as coupons, ID cards, response cards, and remittance slips.

Creating printed boxes and product packaging that fit your brand is important to us – whether you just got listed at a big box store, packaging your product for shipment or competing for shelf space, we are able to design the most creative custom boxes that will unquestionably capture the eye of your target audience.

Collating the gathering and arranging of individual sheets or other printed components into a predetermined sequence. Collating creates consistent, logical sets from multiple parts.

Refers to the method of pressing an image into paper or cardstock to create a three dimensional design. Embossing results in a raised surface; debossing results in a depressed surface.

A specialized process that uses heat and pressure to apply a metallic foil design to a printed piece. The foil is usually a gold, silver, or copper tone, though a variety of colors are available. Foil stamping adds elegance and distinction and can be combined with the embossing technique to create a metallic design in relief.

A special effect that puts an overprint varnish only on specific areas of a printed piece, spot varnish is often used to make a photograph pop off the page, highlight drop caps, or to create texture and subtle images on the page.

Cutting & Trimming using a sharp blade or shear to reduce a printed piece down to its desired size. Common examples include removing excess paper along crop marks, separating pieces that have been printed as multiple images per sheet, or trimming the open edges of a book to create evenly aligned pages.

Die Cutting using a thin sharp blade, that has been pre-formed into a specific pattern or outline, to cut paper, cardstock, label stock, or other substrates into various shapes.

Sequential Numbering involves the printing of ascending or descending identification numbers so that each printed unit receives its own unique number. This unique number can appear in one position, or in multiple positions, on each document. In addition to providing a method for easy reference, sequential numbers provide a high degree of accounting control.

Drilling & Hole Punching refers to the process of creating round holes in paper using a rotating bit, such as the hole patterns needed for sheets and dividers placed into ringed binders.

Padding applying a flexible adhesive along one edge of a stack of same-sized sheets. The adhesive secures the sheets as a unit, but allows the topmost sheet to be easily removed as needed. In most cases, padded sheets incorporate a chipboard backer for rigidity. Common examples include notepads, memo pads, and order pads.

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