If you’re reading this, then you’ve likely ordered some type of print at some point in your professional career. However even for those who order print on a daily basis finishing work is often times underestimated. Simply put, once the ink is laid down, the paper has to be manipulated in some way to produce the desired outcome. Consider these finishing steps below when ordering your next piece.

Cutting – If a piece is any other size than 8.5” x 11” then it likely needs to be cut. Not a long process, but it does add some production work to your order.

Creasing – If your print piece has a fold in it, then it should be creased. This helps the longevity of the product by minimizing cracking.

Folding – If it’s creased it will probably be folded too. Why not? It’s a simple protective step that increases the life of your product.

Perforating – Ever order raffle tickets or tear off part of a brochure? A printed piece has to go through the perforation step to give you the ability to detach it cleanly from the body.

Die Cutting – If you’re ordering a pocket folder, it will have a die cut. It’s essentially the basic cut out of the folder. If you’re doing a unique piece you are going to order a custom die cut. If cost is a concern ask your printer for basic die cutting dimensions associated with the respective piece you are working with.

Bindery – Have you seen any report or manual held together by coil going up the left side of the spine? That’s a type of bindery. There are many types and that’s for another blog!