We understand that printing your booklets online can be intimidating and confusing, as you may not know what paper to choose or what type of binding is best for you. We’ve come up with the top 5 things we want you to know before printing your next booklet to help make your online printing experience as easy as possible.
PrintingCenterUSA offers many different types of binding for you custom booklet. Saddle-stitched and perfect binding are our most popular options, with saddle stitched being the most inexpensive. See below for all the landing types we offer.
Saddle-stitched binding is two staples nested in the spine of the folded piece, securing the sheets together. It can go along the left edge or on top, depending on how the project is planned out. Saddle-stitched booklets can lay flat and stay open when you are flipping through the pages, making it easier to read.
Perfect binding is sheets of paper held together by glue attaching the inside sheets of a book to the cover. This type of bind creates an attractive square spine for a polished look. With prefect binding, you can print on the spine and the booklets will not lay flat when open.
Spiral & Wire-O Binding
Spiral bound printing is a coil of a plastic continuous loop passing through a row of punched holes at the edge of the printed piece in a spiral. Wire-O binding is a metal coil that passes through a row of punched holes at the edge of the printed piece. Wire-o bound books are a series of parallel wire loops attached along a wire.
The size you choose is the final finished size when your booklet is closed. We have portrait, landscape, square and custom sizes available.
UV High Gloss Coating
UV is short for Ultra Violet Coating, which is a shiny gloss coating applied over printed cover weight paper to make photos and colors pop as well as providing a truly professional look and feel.
It is both water and scratch resistant and is great for artwork with a high concentration of ink cove
rage. UV gloss is highly recommended for orders under 500 quantity.
There are three important things to keep in mind when deciding on whether or not to use High Gloss UV Coating on your project:
1. We cannot guarantee against projects scuffing and scratching if you chose not to apply High Gloss UV Coating to your cover!
2. We especially recommend High Gloss UV Coating on covers containing solid ink coverage where a large part of the cover or the entire cover has ink coverage.
3. Keep in mind that when applying our High Gloss UV Coating to a Matte stock, it will result in the cover being glossy. The inside covers and other pages will be unaffected.
An important factor in printing is the paper. We offer a variety of papers, some thick and others thin. Some glossy and some matte. How do you decide which paper to use? First, let's get technical. There are some terms that will help you to understand the different options available.
• 80# Cover Cardstock (8pt) is the preferred substrate for booklet covers. It is about twice as thick as 80# text (has the thickness of a postcard or baseball card) and gives a sharp and appealing look with a more substantial and sturdy higher end feel and offers the most affordable pricing. Special characteristics include dimensional stability, good folding qualities and durability. Well-suited for scoring and die-cutting.
• 100# Cover Cardstock (9pt) has the same characteristics and uses as 80# cover cardstock but is about 25% more bulk, being thicker and heavier, similar to a medium weight card stock. Offers the highest quality premium paper.
• 100# Text (5pt) is about 25% more bulk being thicker and heavier with a sturdy and higher end feel than 80# text. This paper can be used for the inside pages and cover paper (see Self-Cover below).
• 80# Text (4pt) has the same characteristics as 100# text but thinner. May be less expensive but is not as upscale, doesn’t have the high end feel and has less opacity (can show through for two sided printing to the opposite side). We only recommend this paper if weight becomes an issue for mailing purposes.
• 70# Uncoated Text (5pt) this paper is commonly used when you are expecting to write in the piece itself. Match this up with an uncoated cover to give the entire project an un-coated look and feel
Self-Cover vs. Plus Cover
• Self-Cover (soft cover) is when the cover and the inside paper are the same weight. We recommend 100# Text (Gloss or Matte) for both the inside and cover papers.
• Plus Cover Cardstock is when the cover is thicker than the inside pages. We recommend a 80# Cover (Gloss or Matte) with 100# Gloss Text for the inside paper.
CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow, and black) is a color system also known as full color printing and is a process used by most commercial printers. RGB (red, green, and blue) is the color process that computer monitors, digital cameras, scanners, and TV screens use to display color.
If you are designing a print project that is RGB, expect a slight color shift to the final prints, asthe files must be converted to CMYK in order to produce the printed materials. For best results, design all print designs in CMYK.