A final proofing of the test run of the design ensures that the final product being sent to the client is flawless. The last check of the design and content is carried out to ease out any wrinkles in the final copy and then and only then it is presented to the client. It is this attention to detail that makes Hue one of the best online printing services.
One of the most important steps after printing, this is where you collect all the loose printed pages and bind them together to build a cohesive marcom material. The longevity, look and functionality of the material are entirely dependent on binding.
It secures loose printed pages with staples punched in the middle of the folded sheaf of papers. It is a method similar where pages are stapled from the spine. It is an inexpensive way to attach up to 40 pages.
It is a common binding style used for almost four decades. Comb bound books can open flat for easy copying and can be easily opened and closed. It is primarily used in North America.
It is one of the best options for individuals searching for a different presentation. This involves winding a single piece of pre-coiled wire which is used to bind the perforated edge of the book. It is available in a variety of colors and allows you to bend the book a full 360 degree. They can open flat as well as wrap around for easy reading.
Twin Loop Wire Binding
It is a highly popular and durable biding method. Materials bound in this method come out of the package in a curve and a wire binding machine is used to bind it properly. This gives it an elegant look but is a little more expensive.
It makes it difficult for someone to copy the material and provides a hard well-shaped cover making presentation elegant. Small holes are punched along the edge of the book. A strip of plastic with rigid tines is inserted into the holes and the book is then placed in a machine that holds the book tight while the excess tines are cut and the tips melted to seal the bind.
It is the basic book binding method we see in paperback books. It not only makes the content look elegantly presented, it is also eminently durable. This is one of the best ways of presenting large documents.
This is the process of applying a plastic film to the entire printed surface to create various effects. It not only enhances the appeal of the product but also helps with its durability.
It gives a product a subtle, earthy feel. This is perfect for products, like visiting cards, needed to create an impact. However, it is prone to scratching and does not provide a very high level of protection.
It gives the product a nice silky feel, something often observed on the covers of magazines, reviews, menus or presentation covers. It is an immediate impression seeing a glossy, well-designed brochure on your table.
In lamination, the printed sheet is passed through specialized machines in contact with the plastic sheets. Heat and pressure ensure that the product is a seamless specimen that both protects your products as well as looks classy.
Coating with subtle gloss attributes, a varnish coat is usually used as a protection against ink rub-off. To ensure that the quality is at its best, the varnish should be used when the printing ink is dark and its surface area is larger.
Dispersion varnish, also known as water varnish is a far better quality when it comes to providing a better gloss. It also avoids turning yellow far longer than the regular varnish coats, although it requires a separate varnishing device installed in the presses to print it along with the ink.
Aqueous coating is a clear, fast-drying water-based coating that is used to protect printed pieces. It provides a high-gloss or matte surface that deters dirt and fingerprints. Aqueous coating improves the durability of postcards and other mailed pieces as they go through the mail, and protects business cards as they ride around in people’s wallets. It also looks beautiful on brochures, catalogue covers and presentation folders. Aqueous coatings provide more substantial scuff-resistance than varnishes. Aqueous is typically applied to the entire printed piece, usually by the last unit on a printing press. Due to its water base, aqueous coating is more environmentally friendly than varnish or UV coatings.
Varnish is basically clear ink and can be gloss, satin or matte. A flood varnish covers the entire printed page for protection or sheen. A spot varnish allows you to highlight specific areas of a printed piece and adds shine and depth to specific elements on the page such as a logo or image. Varnishes are also applied on-press, but they are heavier-bodied and can be applied (like inks) to only certain areas (spot varnish). A plate must be created to apply a spot varnish, so artwork is necessary.
UV coatings are cured by exposure to ultraviolet light to quickly dry and harden the coating. UV coatings provide the highest gloss versus other coatings but may crack when folded, due to the thickness and hardness of the coating. Some find it too shiny for some uses. UV coatings can be applied as a flood (covering the entire printed sheet) or as a spot coating and can be applied on or off press. UV compatible inks must be used on sheets that will be UV coated. UV coated sheets cannot be foil stamped and embossing should be done after the coating.
Soft Touch Coating
This coating creates a velvety texture. The paper becomes soft to touch and increases the tactile appeal. It creates a softer look and feel on printed materials than either aqueous or UV coating, while creating a barrier which is fingerprint resistant. It dries fast, is non-yellowing, and is eco-friendly. Luxurious and sophisticated are words often used to describe the effect Soft Touch coating produces.
This is one of the most efficient forms of varnish, almost akin to lamination rather than varnishing. Here, the surfaces are coated with a special UV varnish which becomes solid under the influence of UV light. It is applied with its own unique machinery on a single image or the whole surface.