Printing Lingo: What Does “Radius” Mean when Referring to Rounded Corners?

“Rounded Corners” is a finishing technique used to improve the aesthetics and/or functionality of certain printed pieces. For example, business cards and promotional brochures are often designed with rounded corners to achieve a unique look. Flash cards, pocket-sized booklets, and…

The Practical Alternative to Folded Restaurant Menus

Traditionally, dine-in restaurant menus have incorporated one or more folds to create multiple panels, or pages, of information. Whether using a bi-fold, tri-fold, gatefold, or other folding configuration, the folds of the menu help divide the food and drink choices…

Book Printing Lingo: What is Coil Binding?

Coil Binding, also known as Spiral Binding, is a very popular and relatively simple bookbinding method. The coil binding process secures the pages and cover of a book using a durable plastic or metal coil that resembles a long spring….

Printing Lingo: What is Spot UV?

UV Coating is a tough clear-coat applied over printed matter. It is applied in liquid form, then exposed to Ultra-Violet (UV) light which bonds and dries it instantly…hence its name “UV Coating.” Spot UV refers to the application of this…

Long-Run Printing: Five Ways to Save Money on Books, Catalogs, and Manuals

Once your business or organization gets to the point where it is ordering books, catalogs, manuals, or other multi-page documents in longer runs, say quantities of 5,000 or more, you will have likely outgrown traditional sheet-fed printing methods. Long-run print…

Book Printing Lingo: What is Comb Binding?

Comb Binding, also known as Cerlox binding or Surelox binding, makes use of a cylindrical plastic shape that has multiple curved tines along its length. This rigid plastic shape forms the book’s spine and would resemble a hair comb if…

Need a Small Run of Landscape Books? A Large Digital Press Offers the Best Value

A Landscape Book is a book that has a width dimension larger than its height dimension. Books that measure 11” wide x 8.5” high, 10” wide x 8” high, or 9” wide x 6” high are all examples of the…

Book Printing: 5 Tips for making Pocket-Sized Books more User Friendly

Pocket-Sized Books offer a cost-effective option for sharing printed information. The smaller dimensions not only result in a lower printing cost than a full-sized book, the compact format makes it easier to distribute the books by hand or through the…

Booklet Layout: How to Arrange the Pages of a Saddle-Stitched Booklet

Most booklets are created with the Saddle-Stitch binding method. This method uses printed sheets that are folded and nested one inside the other and then stapled through the fold line with wire staples. The staples pass through the folded crease from…

Book Printing Lingo: What is a Booklet?

Like many printing terms, the word “Booklet” can be somewhat ambiguous. Though formal definitions abound, they often conflict with each other on the specifics. However, one point everyone seems to agree upon is that a Booklet refers to a “little…

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