Perforation Explained

Feb 28, 2023 | Blog

Perforation in Printing

Here is all the information you will ever need to know about perforation in printing, whether you’re just learning about it and want a basic explanation or you’ve been curious about this print finish for a while and want to know the specifics.

Printing perforation meaning

A printed item, such as a ticket or voucher, is punched with tiny holes as part of the print finishing process known as perforation. One of two goals is frequently achieved by adding this line of tiny holes:

  1. It makes it simple to neatly remove a portion of the printed product by tearing along the line.
  2. It permits air to escape from folded signatures in booklet binding, preventing the printed pages from creasing.

Perforation lines?

The perforation line, which is used in printing, is a line of tiny holes that are punched into a printed object, like a ticket, to make it simple to remove one half of the print from the other. The perforated line, which can run either horizontally or vertically on a ticket or flyer, is typically punched into the print after the object has been cut during the final printing stage.

Perforated lines: how are they created?

During the last stage of printing, a device called a perforating blade that is bevel-set is used to punch perforated lines into the print.

How is perforation used in the print industry?

Tickets, invitations, coupons, and flyers are the printed materials most frequently found with a perforated finish. They function so well as invites and tickets because the venue can tear off the admissions stub to prevent the ticket from being used again to obtain entry, and the attendee gets to keep the remaining portion of the ticket as a souvenir of the event.

To verify that a voucher is a one-time-use item, retail workers might similarly remove the sales stub from the voucher.

Flyers and folded leaflets with perforations allow the recipient to retain only the most important details about a subject rather than the entire document.

How to create tickets, discounts, and flyers with perforations

Designing around the perforated line is crucial when producing a print layout that will be perforated. This will ensure that even after the stub has been precisely cut off, the content is coherent and all text is readable.

We can provide you with free templates that demonstrate exactly where the perforated line will appear on your design when you design perforated prints with instantprint. Simply select the perforated print item you like and then select the template format for your preferred design application.

Why is perforation best with thicker GSMs?

You’ll probably be asked what GSM paper stock you’d like to print on when placing a print order. GSM, which stands for “Grams per square metre,” is a unit of measurement for the weight of paper. The thickness of the paper increases with the GSM. For instance, a greeting card that is 350gsm thick will be much thicker than one that is 150gsm thick (the thickness of a club flyer).

Although companies on a budget sometimes opt for thinner paper stocks, there are benefits to selecting a thicker stock, particularly if you want to have your print perforated.

First of all, thicker stocks have a more premium feel to them, and a customer’s response to print marketing is often influenced by how something feels. Furthermore, since they won’t bend as much as thinner stocks, thicker stocks are more likely to endure longer.

The most crucial factor in perforated print is that thicker materials with perforation are simpler to shred neatly, improving the experience for your clients.Ready to start printing with perforation? Take a look at our products!

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