Feeling a little confused about all the options?
We’ve provided you a mini glossary so that you fully understand what you’re ordering before you buy!
With lamination a film is applied to the surface of the printed product giving a layer of protection whilst also improving the sturdiness of the product. It also leaves products with a smooth and luxurious feel. Lamination will also protect the printed sheet and avoid cracking when creasing and folding the final product.
• Matt Lamination: A matt film is applied to the surface of your printed product. This leaves a subtle yet elegant matt finish.
• Gloss Lamination: A gloss film is applied to the surface of your product. The high gloss gives a shiny finish. Images coated with gloss lamination appear to have a higher contrast and better sharpness.
Varnishes are applied to the paper stock sealing the printed material and resulting in a smooth finish. Varnishes are typically applied to magazine covers and brochures as they increase the sturdiness of pages without adding too much weight to the paper stock.
• Spot UV Varnishing: Spot UV works exactly the same way as UV varnishing except only specific ‘spots’ or part of the page get varnished. Think of a book cover where the author or title of the book is glossy and the rest of the page is matt. This is Spot UV varnish. The effect draws attention to a certain part of the print.
Foil Stamping / Gold Foiling:
A malleable metallic material, such as gold foil, is stamped onto the print surface using heat and pressure. This gives your finished product a more luxurious look. Like Spot UV it is generally used to draw attention to a particular part of a print such as the logo on a business card.
Embossing / Debossing:
• Embossing: is where part of the print is raised to give emphasis and texture to the overall finish. Raising the physical depth of the page produces shadows and highlights in the design. A further added bonus is that it adds a tactile element to your print as the embossed sections can literally be felt. Again embossing is generally used to draw attention to a particular part of a design, often in conjunction with other techniques.
• Debossing: is the literal opposite to embossing. Instead of being raised the logo or design element is pressed directly into the page, for a similarly tactile and attention grabbing effect.
• Saddle Stitching: Is probably the most common and economical binding method. Similar to stapling, wire is punched through the outside spine of the document and then bent flat on the centre fold, gripping the pages together.
With Wiro bound books a spiral of wire is looped through punched holes and then crimped at the end to stop unthreading. This allows the book to lay flat when opened and allows the pages to be folded back on themselves. The wire is available in variety of colours so you can coordinate it with your cover colour.
PUR Binding / Perfect Binding:
Sections of folded pages have their spines trimmed off and ‘roughed up’ so that they bond more easily with glue. All the sections are then brought together and glued to a wrap-around cover. The cover is then scored on the back and front, so that the book or brochure opens more easily with less stress put on the spine.
Die-cutting: die cutters work in much the same way as a biscuit cutter; they are used to make multiple, identical shapes. A sharpened blade called a die is used to cut the print material. The print material is placed under the die and the die is lowered cutting the material into shape. The same process is used for creasing, except with blunt blades which crease rather than cut through the material. A cutter is created for each product so if you want a bespoke shape this is the option for you!