Below you can find the activities that are performed on printed material after printing (post-press).
There are three different types of binding:
Glue binding (or Perfect binding)
In perfect binding pages are glued at the spine like a common book format. Perfect bind is supported between 28 and 250 pages and for thicker papers.
In saddle stitch binding folded sheets are gathered one inside the other and stapled at the fold line with wire staples. Stitched binding is supported between 8 and 52 pages and for thinner papers.
In wire-o binding pages are joined by pre-made wire loops threaded through holes punched in the pages. The wires are then closed to form a circle. This means that in a wire-o bound document pages can fold back on themselves fully. Wire-o binding is supported between 28 and 150 pages.
When preparing your design for print, you need to take into account the cutting of the document after it has been printed. There are three areas you need to consider when designing your printed material:
- Bleed Zone
- Trim Line
- Safe Zone
1. The bleed zone is the area that will be lost during the trimming process. Within the safe zone, there is no risk of trimming issues and this is where all the important information should be placed. There should be 8mm of space between the edge of the paper and the safe zone giving space for a 4mm bleed zone and 4mm between the trim line and safe zone.
2. Although the bleed zone will be lost in the trimming process, it's important to make sure your design fills this area to avoid any white edges on the printed material. Any logos or important information should be placed within the safe zone.
Protection is a good way to protect against scratches and against color rubbing off especially on heavily colored documents. We recommend always selecting protection for heavily colored cover pages on saddle-stitched or perfect bind documents in order to avoid cracks in the spine. Protection requires silk paper.
There are 2 types of lamination: glossy and matte.
More information about paper types can be found here.