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July 10, 2018

A Complete Guide to Binding and Finishing for Print Projects

Just like a cake, print pieces are simply not finished without the icing, and in this case, the icing comes in the form of binding and finishing options. With a variety of opportunities available you’re sure to find the perfect finish for your print projects. We’ve detailed the top choices to make your next print project feel complete.

 

Binding Options

Oftentimes print projects go beyond one printed sheet and need to be bound or fastened together to create a book, magazine, or booklet. Luckily, there are a wide array of options for you to choose from so you can pick the best one that fits your specific piece.

 

binding options

 

Saddle Stitching

Saddle stitching is one of the most popular bookbinding methods for booklets, magazines, catalogs, calendars, and more. Saddle stitching is when the piece is held together with wire staples on the spine of the folded booklet.

 

Case Binding

Case binding is the most common type of bookbinding for hardcover books. These books contain a minimum of 60 printed sheets and are arranged by every 16 or 32 signatures and collated and machine sewn.

 

Perfect Binding

Perfect binding is how most paperback books are bound and is the easiest way to produce books. The spine of the book is attached to the pages through an adhesive to finish the book.

 

Comb Binding

Comb bindings are just what they sound like–a plastic comb inserted into the piece via holes in the spine. Comb binding is an ideal and cost effective option to finish a book, calendar, or other project.

 

Wire-O Binding

Wire-O binding is similar to comb binding but in this case, the binding allows all of the document’s pages to lie flat when opened.

 

Spiral Binding

Similar to wire-o or comb bindings, spiral binding are made of either plastic or wire and allow the piece to life flat. You can also fold the pages back to 360 degrees without damaging the spine.

 

Finishing Options

Beyond the binding and fastening of sheets, finishing gives your project an added distinction to the piece. Here are a few options to consider for your next print project.

 

Die Cutting

A die cut lets you create a uniquely shaped piece or opening within the piece based on a shape. Coasters, labels, or a window on a book cover are great examples of when to use a die cut.

die cutting

 

Embossing and Debossing

Embossing is a process that creates a raised image to covers or other items. While debossing is the opposite and creates a sunken image on the piece of paper.

embossing

 

Laminating

The most common type of laminating is when you layer a material to a printed piece of paper so that it becomes waterproof and sturdy. You’ll often see this finish for menus. Another increasingly popular option is to choose a paper with a synthetic finish that acts like laminating.

laminating

 

Foil Stamping

Adding a foil to a book, magazine cover, or business card can be an eye-catching detail for your projects. Metallic foils are especially popular and are applied using heat and can be combined with the embossing process.

foil stamping

 

Edge Staining

Edge staining is just what it sounds like, it is when different colors are applied to the page edges to mark different sections. This process is the same as gilding where gold leaf is applied to the edges of the book.

edge staining

 

Let’s cross the finish line together and complete your beautiful print project at PostNet.Visit your nearest PostNet to find the best binding and finishing options for you.

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