Printing presses deliver flat sheets of paper. What happens to them then is known as “finishing”. It can be as simple as a straight guillotine cut to produce a leaflet, or as complex as a section sewn book. Our in-house finishing department can:
- Guillotine. A straight cut.
- Die cut. A shaped cut from a cutting forme.
- Laminate. A protective and decorative clear film which can be applied to one or both sides of the sheet, with a matt, gloss or soft touch finish.
- Fold. This could be to produce a finished folded leaflet, or it may be to produce a section for book binding.
- Saddle or wire stitch. In layman’s terms this produces a stapled booklet or magazine. It can be self-covered, where the same material is used for both the cover and the inside pages, or it can have a thicker cover. 96 pages tends to be the maximum we would wire stitch. We can also apply loop stitches where the publication goes in a ring binder.
- Perfect binding uses a glued spine rather than wire stitches to hold the pages together. The binder can accommodate many more pages than the stitching line, with one book we bound having 512 pages! A bound book has a square spine rather than the pointed spine of saddle stitched job.
- Section sewing. We believe this is the ultimate binding method for limp or softback books. The pages are sewn together with cotton before binding which allows the book to be opened flat for reading. This is particularly important for photography books where you don’t want to lose any image into the spine. It also gives the book much more strength than glue alone. A section sewn book block can then be cased in if a hardback publication is required.