We do most of our own print finishing in house, but for certain requirements or larger volumes look to our partners to help in some of these fields. So to run through some of the different options a few notes below but would would be best to talk through your own specific requirement.
Basic Print Finishing:
These elements are Cutting and Creasing which are then followed by stitching if multiple pages, or wiro bound or Spiro bound for something a bit different. Then there are some hand elements if any tape needs to be applied to a job or drilling then boxing up and despatching.
This is the process of providing a plastic coating to printed material and gluing the two together using an adhesive. It is particularly useful for clients who have printed items that they want colleagues or customers to keep for long periods of time as the lamination helps to extend the shelf life of the item. Laminating is a service we can provide in-house, thereby speeding up delivery for clients and keeping costs to a minimum. The Laminate comes in different thicknesses and a matt or gloss finish.
This is the type of binding you see on books, manuals, catalogues, magazines and annual reports. An adhesive is used to attach a paper to a cover and to the spine of the assembled and then clamped and trimmed.
This is a process used to create shapes to conventionally-edged printed items. For example, rather than having a straight-edged, rectangular brochure, you may choose to curve the edges to bring the item to life. Die cutting is used to generate large numbers of the same shape. Sharp, specially-shaped blades are used in die cutting. The blade is bent into the desired shape and mounted to a strong backing. The result is known as a die. The material being cut is placed on a flat surface with a supportive backing, and the die is pressed onto the material to cut it.
This is all about providing a varnish finish to your print items. If you want your print job to stand out from the crowd and really grab your audience’s attention, then this is something to seriously consider. It can even be applied to a UV gloss spot varnish on top of matt laminated printing to provide the maximum contrast between the highly reflective, shiny UV coating and the light-absorbing matt laminate.
This is a very simply the process of creating a three-dimensional image or design in paper and other materials. Most types of paper can be embossed, and size is not normally a consideration. Embossing without ink, so that the image is raised but not coloured, is called ‘blind embossing’ whilst embossing used in conjunction with ink, so that the raised area is coloured, is called colour registered embossing. Embossing used in conjunction with foil stamping is called ‘combination stamping’ or ‘combo stamping.’ This is an option customers may wish to consider if they want to give an impression of quality to their prospective customers. It is also used by many companies within letters of achievement or recognition cards.