Booklet Printing

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Essential Checklist for Successful Booklet Printing

Companies use booklets for all sorts of purposes, from training materials to marketing tools. Booklet printing can be quite expensive, especially if you’re planning a bulk run, so it’s essential to get everything in order before sending your design off to the printer.

Printing on paper is significantly different from publishing material online, and comes with its own set of challenges. While you can always ask your reliable printing company to help you with your booklet design, it’s often cheaper and simpler to learn the process yourself. It can seem intimidating at the start, but our guide should point you in the right direction with a printing checklist to get you started.

Choose Your Paper Type

The type of paper you choose can have a significant impact on the impression that your booklet makes. Paper types vary in looks, texture, and finish. The kind of paper you choose can even affect how bright and crisp your graphics look, so spend some time examining different paper types before making a final decision.

The three main paper types used in booklet printing are:

  • Gloss: gloss paper has a shiny finish, which works very well for high-resolution photos. It makes colors more vivid and provides a premium feel to the end product.
  • Silk/matte: silk is less shiny than gloss paper, but it still offers a premium texture and smooth finish. It’s the default recommendation for booklets as it provides reliable results for most products. Since it’s less shiny, it’s perfect for text-heavy pages, which can be challenging to […]

Readers Spreads & Printers Spreads, What’s the Difference?

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between readers spreads and printers spreads?

In the printing industry a “spread” is the general term used to describe a pair of facing pages, typically the left and right pages in a publication like a book, magazine or newspaper. Imagine that you’re holding a book or magazine in your hands. Now open the book to any two pages.  You will now be looking at both a left hand and right-hand page at the same time.  Those two individual pages viewed together create a “spread”. However, there are two types of spreads used in printing: a reader’s spread and a printer’s spread.

Reader Spreads

The order in which you would read the pages of a book in their natural order from first to last is known as a reader’s spread. For example, page 1, 2/3, 4/5, 6/7 and so on is a reader’s spread. And when you are designing a multipage book in InDesign (or another page layout program), and you have your layout set for “facing pages”, you will see the left hand and right-hand pages side by side. Again, this is considered a “reader spread”.

Printer Spreads

Printer spreads are not in consecutive page order, they are in proper order so that when the document is printed, trimmed and assembled all the pages appear in the proper order. Printer spreads are the 2 pages that end up side by side on an imposition. It should be noted that the way the printers spread gets […]

What Are The Binding Options in Commercial Printing?

Often when we talk with customers, we find that they often ask the question, “what type of binding is best for my booklet”. So today we’re going to outline the types of booklet binding that is available for any printed piece. We’ll also talk about which type of printed piece each type of binding is suited for.

Saddle Stitched Binding

In the commercial printing industry Saddle Stitching refers to a type of binding where printed “spreads” are stapled in the spine and then folded. A example would be the common magazines (Time magazine, People magazine, etc.) that you would find at the supermarket check out isle. A machine known as a booklet maker gathers all the sheets in sequential order, then places two staples in the middle of the document, folds it and then trims the edges of the booklet for a clean look.

Saddle StitchingTo produce an 8.5”x11” booklet the printer would print 11”x17” “spreads” which contain a total of 4 pages on them (2 on the front side and 2 on the backside). For this reason, saddle stitched booklets must always have a total number of pages that is divisible by 4. To bind a saddle stitched book the booklet maker machines gathers all the spreads and then they are then stapled, folded in half and trimmed to end up with the 8.5”x11” finished booklet.

There is a limit to the number of pages that can be Saddle Stitched […]

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