Printing Lingo: What is Perforating?
These punctures, called perforations, reduce the tear strength of the paper so that it can be pulled apart cleanly without the use of scissors or other cutting device. Depending on the project, the perforations might be created as small round holes or they might be created as tiny slits.
The size of each perforated hole or slit, and the spacing between them, is what determines the amount of effort needed to separate the paper along the perforation. Some applications require a perforation that pulls apart effortlessly (known as a micro perf). Other applications require a perforation that takes more force to separate (known as a macro perf).
Perforations improve the function and practicality of a printed piece. Adding a vertical and/or horizontal row of perforations allows one or more sections to be separated quickly and precisely from the main document.
For example, bound documents such as workbooks, notebooks, checkbooks and multi-part forms often have pages that can be removed neatly along a perforated line.
Printed matter that includes a removable stub, such as inventory tags, repair tags, inspection tags, claim checks, door hangers and similar items use a perforation to make the tear-off portion easier to detach.
In addition, labels and raffle tickets - whether on a sheet or a roll - are frequently perforated to allow quick and easy separation into individual pieces. Likewise, coupons, response cards, and remittance slips are almost always perforated for convenient removal.
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Take care! Rick