Assuming you have finalised the colour use and size of the job during the design stage, you must now choose what paper to use. Please see our Paper Guide for this. The next consideration is folding, is it a leaflet? Or if it is a booklet, how would you like it bound?
What die cutting is:
Die cutting is the process used to cut out shapes from sheets of paper using a cutting die. The cutting die is made from plywood with the cutting template laser cut into it. Metal cutting rules are then bent to the same shape as the template and inserted into the plywood to create the cutting tool/die. This die is fitted to our machine and effectively stamps out the desired shape.
Benefits of die cutting:
We offer conventional die cutting, perforation, scoring and kiss cutting of any shape you require, with great accuracy and efficiency for large quantities. Popular products include: folders, packaging, stickers and any bespoke shapes you may wish to devise.
If the job is folded then we can fold 12 parallel folds to create 13 panels, we can roll fold 6 times or cross fold multiple times with up to 3 fold direction changes. All this is dependant on paper thickness and final finished size. Some folds will not be possible on all stocks.
Saddle Stitching (staple binding)
If your job is a booklet or book (hard or soft back) there are two main methods we can use to bind it. The first and more common method is the cost effective stapling twice through the fold; this is known as saddle stitching. It is not expensive and looks nice and professional. It is however limited by the number of sheets, which can be simultaneously folded and collated. The thickness limit is dependent on the weight of the sheets multiplied by the number of pages. A general maximum is around 7mm thick for a finished folded booklet (this could contain over 80 pages if the paper is reasonably thin). More pages are possible but generally we would use perfect binding (see below).
If your page count is larger, the other binding method is the one used to bind most books. This is known as perfect binding (or PUR binding), where the book is bound with a square edged spine using clear glue. This is then wrapped by a softback cover, usually on a thicker stock than the text pages (up to 350gsm).
Can be performed to any shape and size you require. This may include shaped labels, hanging tags, presentation folders, packaging cartons, etc.
This is a raised effect that is stamped into the paper/card and gives a 3D effect to the substrate. Debossing is the same but in reverse giving a recessed effect.
We can drill up to four holes at high volume, neatly, quickly and with no charred paper. We offer wiro binding, with many colour options available.
Lamination is often used to protect your product and make it more hard wearing, as well as increasing rigidity, quality and providing a unique finish. Lamination comes in matt, gloss or soft touch finishes, that are very smooth. We revert to using anti-scuff lamination on solid colours such as black to ensure it is hard wearing.
What spot UV is:
Spot UV involves applying a varnish to a specific area of a design, such as a logo or part of an image. The varnish gives the area a shiny gloss appearance, while enriching the colour underneath. It adds a premium finish that has multi-sensory impact.
Benefits of spot UV:
Spot UV adds a quality, high visual impact result that will make your product stand out. Popular products include: stationery, packaging, brochure covers, folders and any bespoke products you may have in mind.