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Great 3-ring Binder Designs of the Month

This month, we picked three binder projects ranging from half sheet sized bar menu binders to large 5 fold architectural binders.

 

Gray’s Tied House

Custom printed menu and bar binders- Corporate Image

About Gray’s Tied House:

Gray’s Tied House is a contemporary version of the traditional tied house that emerged in england during the 18th and 19th centuries. During that time beer was available at two types of public houses (pubs). A “tied house” was owned by a brewery and sold only beer that it brewed, while a “free house” was privately owned and featured beers from multiple breweries.

As the name implies, gray’s tied house serves products manufactured by the gray brewing company founded in 1856 by joshua gray, an irish immigrant. Since then, gray’s has continued it’s tradition of producing the finest handcrafted beers, ales and sodas in its quaint brewery and bottling facility in Janesvile, Wisconsin.

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Gray’s Tied House

 

These notebook sized binders are being used for bar menus at Gray’s Tied House. Protected by lamination, they can be wiped down if needed, but present a classy and sturdy way to present your menu.

 

 

Kathleen Leonard

Custom printed short run 3-ring binders - Corporate Image

About Kathleen Leonard

Kathleen Leonard specializes in helping people sell and buy exceptional properties in the California Wine Country — just north of the Golden Gate Bridge. This is where she lives, works, entertains friends, and enjoys the good life with her husband, Bob Leonard. Kathleen founded Own the Wine Country in 2003 to help all of her clients achieve their real estate dreams in this beautiful area.

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Kathleen Leonard

 

This binder captures the beauty of the wine country while offering a perfect binder for holding information, options and news of the wine country real estate.

 

Architect Folders – New product!

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About Architect Folders

Whether you call them ringless sample binders, architect folders or sample folders, Corporate Image has worked to make a better option for showing your flooring and interior design samples. These ringless binders are strong enough to hold glass, tile, carpet and wood samples, all while sitting flat on the shelf and offering full printing and lamination options. Available in 3, 4 and 5 fold options up to 54″ long.

With room for mounting samples on the panels, when closed, the architect folder is concise and easy to carry.

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Architect Folders

 

Flooring, tile, and finishing samples need to be seen and touched. The architect folders give you the real estate to show an entire line at once, making it easy for customers and architects to decide which direction they are going.

See more great binder projects here!


GDUSA 2016 InHouse Design Award Winners

GDUSA held it’s national InHouse Design Award and two of our clients won!

This year pattern is everything.

Haworth

Custom cloth and foil stamped 3-ring binder - Corporate Image

Custom printed cloth 3-ring binders - Corporate Image

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Haworth

A cloth covered 3-ring binder with white foil stamping which also sports a large debossed pattern on the front cover that really makes it stand out.

3-ring binder Specs:

1C FOIL WHITE STAMPED CLOTH ONLY THEN CASE & BLIND HEAT DEBOSS ON CLOTH MOUNTED BOARD.

2-15/16” w x 11-5/8” h Flexhinge Binder w/ 4-1/4” square spine. 3” Slant-D ring. 2 versions: Haworth has 2 areas white foil – 2” x 1/4” & 5” x 1/2”. Surface Collections has 2 add’l areas of 2” x 1/4”. All have deboss area 5” x 12”on front cover. Finger pull & Bus Card Pocket applied.

Tucker Advisory Group

Custom printed and spot UV 3-ring binders with closures - Corporate Image

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Tucker Advisory Goup

A beautiful portfolio closure binder that combines 4 color printing with some of the most interesting spot UV we have ever seen.

Tucker Seminar Kits binder specs

10-7/8” wide x 12-1/4” high Custom Flexhinge Portfolio Binder with (2) square spines (1-3/4) and (1-5/8) with a 1” Black D-Ring. 3” Portfolio flap with Magnetic Closure.

2C PMS: 1585 & Black + Spot Gloss UV–Cover
1C PMS: 1585 + Spot Gloss UV–Liner

Natural matte lamination

Award winning custom 3-ring binders is just part of what we do. From custom binders, pocket folders, boxes and packaging we work with our clients to produce the presentation materials that make you stand out in your field. US made and employee owned, Corporate Image takes care of the details, from product design to shipping, so you don’t have to.

See more of our projects here!


Architect Folders, Sample Folders and really big, big Binders

Show your flooring, tile, glass and other architectural samples in stronger, better made folders.

now available in 3, 4 and 5 panels.

 

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Stronger

We construct our architect folders and 3-ring binders by pressing the hinge directly into the board, creating the strongest hinge possible. We have had them lab tested to 250,000 flexes without fail, so even your heavy sample folders will stay even and in one piece for as long as you need them.

Sit flat construction

Sick of having uneven sample folders? At Corporate Image we are very aware that architect folders and binders should sit flat on a shelf. Our manufacturing methods insure a straight even hinge every time, so your sample folder will stand well.

Printing

Depending on your needs, we can print on one large press sheet (no seams on the folders) or in two press sheets depending on quantity. The quality of the printing is always help to our exacting standards, so you always get the best possible outcome.

Lamination

We offer a choice of Gloss, Matte and Soft Touch laminations. Soft touch adds a smooth, silky feel in the hand that adds interest as well as protection.

Quality

Over the last few years, Corporate Image binders have won Best Binder in North America 4 times and Best Binder in the World once. On top of that, we have won 19 industry awards for everything from Medical Marketing, In House design, Construction Marketing and many more!

From mini, notebook sized binders, standard 3-ring binders to 54″ 5 fold sample folders, we specialize in creating custom products that exceed your expectations and wow your customers.

 

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Contact us to learn more!


How to make a Graphic Designer happy.

A: Make their life easier.

Graphic designers work long hours for customers who have vague and changing idea of what they need and want. Generally, by the time a project is ready to go, there is a rush because of last minute changes.

Sound familiar?

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We make the print production side of your custom binder, folder or box design easier.

Our sales team have over 50 years of collective experience in printing processes, materials, coatings, sizing and finishing techniques and will work to get you what you want when you need it. We can send samples and even mock-ups of new products to test sizing and fit.

You will also get custom templates to make art set ups easy. Did something change in your design brief? Our in-house product design team can re-design, re-size and work with you to match your new specifications.

As an employee owned business, each and every one of our owner / employees watches out to make sure your project is perfect – from printing to packing – so you don’t have to worry about last minute “surprises” when your customer opens their order.

Let us help make your life easier, whether you have a project going on now, or want some information for the future. Find out more!

For galleries of our work:

3-ring binders          Pocket folders         Tab Dividers          Boxes and Packaging

 


Can you get great printed binders in low quantities? Yes, you can.

Get a binder with all the quality in small amounts.

Now when you need custom 3-ring binders for a conference, meeting or proposal, you don’t have to sacrifice your design standards.

Corporate Image has produced 3 ring binders that have won both ‘Best Binder in the World’ and ‘Best Binder in North America’. Our production team are craftspeople, producing strong, sustainable binders with better quality printing that match to detail and craftsmanship that you put into every aspect of your company.

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Get as few as 50 custom binders.

Our short run binders are digitally printed with a high quality printer giving you full bleed images that cover the entire binder. The printed sheets are then laminated with a natural matte laminate that protects them from scuffing and water damage.

Fully cased and lined like a hardcover book, these binders look great, are stronger than any other binder.

How does this compare to a vinyl binder?

It doesn’t.

From art possibilities, strength and quality of construction, to sustainability, a Corporate Image binder is better in every way. Our printing is better, the binders last longer, don’t poison the environment or go to landfills, and they feel better in the hand.

When considering your brand or corporate image, consider whether a vinyl binder sums up what you are trying to say. If not, let us send you a sample to show you how much better your materials can look and feel.

Custom Digital Binder stats and information:

  • Available in quantities from 50-350
  • Full color digital printing on cover (the whole outside of the binder)
  • Black or white liner ( the inside of the binder)
  • Ring sizes: 3/4″, 1″, 1.5″ and 2″ d-rings
  • Square or Round spine
  • Natural matte lamination
  • These binders are 100% recyclable
  • strong construction (lab tested to 250,000 flexes)
  • Made with 100% FSC certified recycled post consumer waste board

The Corporate Image short run 3-ring binder combines all of quality we are known for with the lower quantities you sometimes need.

Get samples to experience the quality of our short run binders for yourself!


Spot UV – Add excitement to your print pieces

Spot UV – Add excitement to your print pieces

custom portfolio binder with closures

UV coatings are one of the range of print finishes and textures that you can use to make your art jump off of the page (or binder). We have found that a lot of designers haven’t worked with these finishes a lot, so we are offering a little series on print finishes.

What is spot UV and how can I use it on my binders, folders, and boxes?

UV (ultraviolet) Coatings start as a clear liquid that is dried or cured with an ultra violet light. This is printed in-line on a UV press. This is often seen in a gloss or matte, though it is available in textures (like sandpaper among others). While you can flood an entire piece with UV, we most often see it used in spot coverage, highlighting text and images, or in the case of the image below, the spot UV creates the design elements of the folder.  Subtle, but effective.

Printed, sustainable pocket folder with spot UV - Corporate Image

If you are printing a pocket folder, binder or box, you are probably laminating your materials to protect the whole piece from the rough and tumble life marketing materials go through. The nice thing about spot UV is that it can be applied after the lamination offering more opportunities to pop your art even more.

Get more Information on Spot UV and see some more examples here!


A Print Manufacturer a Designer Can Love.

We make your life can be easier.

Because working with a print manufacturer shouldn’t give you white hair.

custom portfolio binder with closures

For your clients:

We will send you samples so you can show them the latest, greatest directions in 3-ring binders, pocket folders, and boxes. Higher quality is clear when you feel it, and that is exactly what your customers will feel.

Custom pieces? If you are working on a custom project, our product designers will mock-up your idea to make sure it fits all of your needs. Test it, try it, and you decide it needs adjusting, we can do that.

For you.

We specialize in custom 3-ring binders, pocket folders, boxes and packaging, so we work with you to make your vision come to life.

Custom templates, in house product designers and an incredibly knowledgable team all work with you. Our job is to handle our side of the product so you can concentrate on create amazing art and being the genius graphic designer you are.

Whether you are interested in unique cloth and papers, intricate, unique closures, or interesting ways to showcase, say, bricks we can help you figure it out.

Once we are in production, your job will be produced to the exacting standards that we demand of ourselves – the standards that won us Best Binder in the World, along with numerous medical, building, design and packaging awards.

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Binder inspiration: Cloth and Printed Binders

Keystone Designers binder

Custom cloth, foil and printed binders and tab set

We really appreciated the elegance of design for the Keystone Designer 3-ring binder and tab dividers. We also identify with the way they operate!

 

OUR DIFFERENCE

At Keystone Designer, we value every component of our processes, from design to

delivery. Our keen attention to details turns the ordinary into extraordinary.

Keystone designer mission statement

The binder features a 4 color process cover, with a Pearl Linen Smoke Screen spine wrap. On the cloth spine wrap is an elegant white matte foil.

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The binder liner is white with a set of one color printed tab dividers that keep the attention and focus on the products within.

custom printed cloth and printed 3-ring binders

 


Liners: Get the Most out of Your Printed 3-ring Binders

The liner of a 3-ring binder is not just a blank space that the interior pages cover, it is a rich design space that adds life, information and interest to your design project.

Good things to know about 3 ring binder liners:

  1. When you are printing more that 250 binders, they print of our offset printing press.  This means that a matching fully printed liner is FREE at Corporate Image. Say you have a 4 color process cover, print the liner 4cp at no extra cost!
  2. People see the cover on the shelf, and when the binder is closed on a desk. People see the liner when they are looking at your information. The chances are they will spend a lot more time looking at the liner than the cover of your binder!

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Printing architectural folders for flooring or carpet samples? Your information, product placement guides, specs and more are part of your liner. Ringless binders, or sample folders, are just one way a printed binder liner can help reinforce your message.

4 and 5 fold Flooring and textile sample binders - Corporate Image

Get the most design impact for your 3-ring binders with printed liners!

See more binder projects here!

 


New! Corporate Image gearing up for new larger binders!

For those of you who need large binders, there is hope!

Corporate Image will now be able to case and line binders from mini notebook binders to 5 fold architectural folders for flooring, tile and textile samples. As of June of 2016, we will be up and running!

4 and 5 fold Flooring and textile sample binders - Corporate Image

Benefits of Corporate Image sample folders and large scale binders:

Strength:

Our binder hinges have been tested to 250,000 flexes without fail making them the strongest binders and sample folders. This is especially important if you are putting heavy samples into the binder.

Quality of printing, materials and craft:

There is a reason Corporate Image binders have won Best Binder in the World and Best Binder in North America (4 times!). Our quality is unmatched. From our talented printers to our assembly team, we have some of the most dedicated and highly trained people in the industry.

Corporate Image is also employee owned, so each and every person in our facility is dedicated to giving you the best possible results.

Finishing options:

We work with everything from soft touch laminations, foil stamping, spot UV, custom window cuts, handles, closures from velcro to magnets, and a variety of ways to make your project stand up and stand out.

Capabilities

Corporate Image will now be able to print, case and line everything from 11×17 binders to 3, 4 and 5 fold architectural folders.

This adds to our already wide range of options from custom 3-ring binders, pocket folders, paperboard boxes and packaging, corrugated boxes, and turned edge rigid boxes.

Let your sales person know that you are interested in more information about larger binders and sample folders and we will help make your marketing materials even better!

 

 


Custom, Printed 3 Ring Binders with no limits

From presentation folders to sample kits to desktop displays, you can do a lot with a binder.

The many uses of 3 ring and Ringless binders - Corporate Image

A 3 ring binder is a strong, flexible platform for your ideas.

Made of sturdy 100% pcw binders board, cased and lined with printed sheets or cloth, our binders start as a blank canvas for your project. We flex a hinge directly into the board, creating not only a strong binder hinge, but a unique opportunity for different options.

Let’s start with some options that may give you ideas for your project.

Counter Top Display Binders

Retail displays, sales displays, and interior design ideas can all use an easel binder.

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The easel binder can have many sizes and aspects depending on what you need for your display. The best thing about these is that they close into a binder size, with all of your material safely inside. The strength of the binder helps these work well in a retail outlet that gets handled repeatedly.

Outstanding architectural sample folders

Custom Portfolio binder Sample kit - Corporate Image

Easily show architectural samples for flooring, siding or tiles. This offers a clean design that is easy to work with at home, or at the office of an interior decorator. Available in 2, 3, 4 and 5 fold options. If you are creating architectural folders for your building supplies, flooring or carpeting, our large 4 and 5 fold binder options are strong, beautifully made and up to 54″ long!

Another sample kit that stands out is the AGBelt portfolio binder. This small binder holds 15 belt samples that swivel out for easy viewing. An elegant solution that showcases the products well.

Custom printed portfolio binder sample kit - Corporate Image

Binder as a set up box

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Adding an internal box or set up box to a binder turns it into a strong presentation as well protecting your information or samples. When closed, these binders hold your materials securely as a well branded, elegant portfolio binder.

Custom, unique presentation binders

From sample binders and presentation kits, a binder provides a flexible platform for your projects. Customize your binders with window cuts, cloth, foil stamping, spot and raised UV, printing and debossing. Whether you need a fully custom product or a standard 3-ring binder, Corporate Image has the packaging experts to help you get it done right.


What should you expect from a 3-ring binder manufacturer?

Innovations… Styles… Options… Strengths…

Presentation and 3 ring binder manufacturers are not all alike. If you are new to the game of ordering custom printed products, we’d like to give you a few ideas of what to look for in your print manufacturer.

Corporate Image has been manufacturing custom 3-ring binders for over 30 years. We have designed, innovated and pushed the boundaries of binder manufacturing to give you a product that can be flexed 250,000 times, has a huge range of customizing and print options.  From roundback binders to bare board binders and creating eco friendly 3-ring binders that are 100% recyclable we offer you superior quality, service and value.

Our roots are in book binding starting in the 1860s in Chicago.  We value the craftsmanship that goes into our products and work to make sure that our products are exceptional.

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Getting the job done.

We love what we do. Everyday we get to work with talented people to produce beautiful materials that help others succeed in their businesses.

Corporate Image is 100% employee owned, so we take our work very seriously, some might say we are obsessive, but you can always count on us to give our best to every project.

Customer Service

Getting the job done right starts with your first phone call to us. You’ll work with a single point person at Corporate Image. That’s why we have experienced sales representatives and customer service managers focusing on helping you create the materials that best meet your needs. Your sales representative will help you navigate our process start to finish and in addition provide:

Samples — We don’t expect you to buy something without seeing the kind of work you’ll get. So, we’re happy to send samples. But, please keep in mind that our samples are current job overruns, so we may not have printed samples of a specific style on hand. Current samples of our work can be viewed on our project gallery.
Or for the real thing … call us and we’ll put samples in your hands.

Estimates — Naturally time is of the essence in communications and sales, so we’ll turn your quotes around as quickly as possible. Generally within 24 hours on standard items. However, additional time may be required for custom projects or large quantities. Our prices are based on the information provided at the time of the estimate. If specifications change for any reason, our estimate will be revised to reflect the new criteria. And we’ll seek your approval on the new cost. Hey, nobody likes surprises.

Digital Templates — When you’re ready to begin the final design phase of the project, we’ll email a template to you. This ensures that your final product will match your design and eliminates the worry about critical details like score lines, glue strips, tuck flaps and die-cutting tolerances.

Artwork Preparation — We’ll provide all the production specifications and information you may need for the project. We can output your digital files from a disk or you may upload files to our FTP site. Please provide a full set of laser proofs or a PDF of your final art.

Proofs — We’ll generate a digital proof for your approval. And we’ll mock up the end product so that you can get a precise idea of what you’re getting. If need be, we can send a PDF proof as well. We’ll work with you to get what you need as efficiently as possible.

Press Checks — We welcome press checks. Just let your sales representative or customer service manager know in advance if you wish to press check your job. We’ll do our best to accommodate your schedule.

Quantity/Scheduling — The minimum quantity order is 50 or 250 pieces depending on product and printing type. Once you’ve approved your proof and returned it to us, your sales representative or customer service manager will contact you with a ship date. We generally ship within 10 days of art approval, often much less.

Design Support

We’re here for you with a team of talented package designers that can help on any aspect of your project. We love a challenge. So, let’s collaborate on something really special.

Custom Prototypes — We’ll help sell your idea. There’s no charge for producing an initial prototype of a custom product, built to your specifications. Multiple copies for presentations are available for a small fee.

Accounting

Bean counters. We love them because they understand numbers and they’ll make sure the payables process works smoothly and efficiently.

Credit Policy — If you’re a new customer, a credit application is needed before a job can go into production. Please allow adequate time to complete the process. Pre-payment may be needed, especially for first-time orders. We also accept Master Card, Visa and American Express.

Overruns or Under runs — You will be invoiced for the exact quantity of product shipped, not to exceed 10% over or under the quantity you have ordered.

Payment Terms — Jobs are invoiced the day they ship. Payment is required within 30 days from the date of invoice.

We’re here for you.

If you have a question or want to discuss a project, give us a call. Cynde will be more than happy to answer your call and connect you with the right person to take care of your needs. Ask for samples or quotes here!

Our office hours are:
Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm CST

515.262.3191
800.247.8194
888.262.3839 FAX

info@corp-image.com

1801 Thompson Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50316


Combining Quality and Sustainibility in a 3-ring Binder

 

Sustainability in a 3-ring binder means more options, longer life, and fully recyclable.

Great design includes the craft and full life cycle of the binders.

As a US print manufacturer, we pay attention to the materials we use. Our goal is to create a 3-ring binder that has cradle to cradle thinking: Crafted from recycled and renewable resources, built to last a long time (while looking good!) and 100% recyclable at the end of it’s life.

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Sustainable Materials

Unlike vinyl or many plastics, our custom 3-ring binders are 100% recyclable. We make them using 100% post consumer waste binders board. Our printing stock can vary from 10%-100% recycled content depending on the needs of the client.

Long life cycle

Our binders were lab tested to 250,000 flexes, making them arguably the strongest 3-ring binders. This translates to 20 uses a day for over 30 years. Because they last so long, we laminate much of the printing with an inert film to ensure the artwork will look great as long as the binder lasts.

Recyclable

This whole binder is then recyclable. Simply pop the rings out and recycle the board and rings.

Quality

Over the last 5 years, Corporate Image binders have won Best Binder in North America 4 times and Best Binder in the World once. Our clients projects have also won numerous awards in industry and advertising competitions.

Sustainability in Manufacturing 3-ring binders -Corporate Image

Check out our options for sustainable binders here!


The Best Presentations for Financial Marketing

Upgrade your Presentation materials for your financial products.

Corporate Image specializes in financial presentation materials

Banks and financial organizations are known for their attention to detail. We work with them to make sure their marketing materials meet their standards.

Pocket Folders

Versatile handouts for new accounts, tax returns and conferences, pocket folders offer a wide range of options for creating a unique folder that represents your brand and stays within your budget.

 

Pocket folders for the contract and furniture industries - Corporate Image

Physical options. Pocket folders can be as unique as your products. Our options include vertical pockets, card cuts, brochure slits, portfolio closures, and cut-outs.

Printing options. Explore the full range from spot UV, debossing, foil stamping, spot varnish, PMS colors, and much much more.


3-ring binders

Financial information kits and binders - Corporate Image

For employee on-boarding, fundraising, board meetings and more, a 3-ring binder offers the tactile solid presence that reinforces your brand.

With endless design possibilities from cloth and print options, foils and debossing, and a whole lot more, your products can stand out no matter where they are.

Corporate Image can help you with your binders, the tab dividers, and the inside pages.


Boxes and Marketing Kits

Custom printed boxes for the financial industry - Corporate Image

Some projects need more and a custom marketing kit can help keep it all together.

Need help designing your project? No problem. Our in house packaging designers will help you create the package, as well as make you custom templates and full size mock-ups.

Paperboard, Corrugate or Set-up boxes. No matter what kind of box you need, we can help you. From paperboard boxes for smaller, less heavy samples to corrugate and set-up boxes for your heavier needs.

Make everything match. Since we create everything in-house, the printing on your folders will be as high quality as your boxes and binders.


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Corporate Image: Who we are and what we do for you.

We help you get and keep your clients attention.

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Having quality presentation materials creates the interest and drive which brings you customers.We print and manufacture custom printed turned edge binders, pocket folders, boxes and packaging for people like you who understand the quality of their presentation will bring them business.

 

Quality and Reliability = Value

Corporate Image is committed to practical solutions, quality craftsmanship and customer satisfaction. As an employee owned business, everyone in our company is watching out for you, resulting in the most reliable and high quality presentation products possible for your company. For you, this translates to one thing you don’t have to worry about on your list. You know your clients are going to love what they get, and get it on time.

custom paperboard boxes and packaging

Award-winning

In 2015 alone our client projects have  won awards from marketing industry groups, including: Construction Marketing Awards, Health and Wellness Awards, Best Binder in North America (2012,2013,2015),  GDUSA In-House Design Awards, GDUSA American Package Design Awards. While we’re proud of our awards, we’re most proud of our long-term relationships with our clients.

Customization

Corporate Image is pioneering the future of sustainable presentation packaging. If you want something new, we can make it. From concept to mock-ups, templates to completed projects, our in-house product designers and team with years of experience work as your consultants to help you find the perfect solutions. We want your project to be extraordinary.

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Production

Presentation packaging is more complex than most other types of marketing materials. We prefer 15 working days for most pieces. If you are in a rush, let us know and we will bend over backwards to get you on deadline.

Contact us, get samples or get a quote. Let us help your materials be extraordinary!


From 3-ring binders, tab dividers and pages – we do it all.

Stop juggling vendors and print quality!

customprinted binders, tabs and pages - Corporate Image

Corporate Image can offer you the same amazing quality that you get on your custom binders and tab dividers on your interior pages.

Corporate Image has been manufacturing 3-ring binders and tab dividers with world class quality and printing for over 35 years. Now we can offer you the same quality and attention to detail on your collateral.

High Quality custom binder pages - Corporate Image

When your presentation needs to be stunning, Corporate Image is here for you.

Let us show you what we can do for you. Contact us today for more information!


Custom short run 3 ring binders – New options!

Short run custom printed 3-ring binders 

Quality and Craftsmanship in small quantities.

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Square or Round Spine 3-ring Binders

If you order a 3-ring binder in quantities from 50 to 350 pieces, we have a great binder option for you!  Our short run binders offer  full bleed full cover art with a white or black liner. Because these short run binders are running digitally, artwork will be submitted in PDF form.

Check out our binder options!

Short Run Binder Sizes

  • Standard – to hold 8.5″ x 11″ paper (US standard)
  • Half Sheet Notebook – to hold 5.5″ x 8.5″ paper New!

Short Run Binder ring sizes:

  • 3/4″ D-ring  – holds 180 sheets of paper (20lb. copy paper)
  • 1″ D-ring  – holds 220 sheets of paper
  • 1.5″ D-ring  – holds 350 sheets of paper
  • 2″ D-ring  – holds 450 sheets of paper
  • 2.5″ D-ring – holds 550 sheets of paper New!
  • 3″ D-ring – holds 600 sheets of paper New!

Binder spine options:  

  • Square spines
  • Round Spines New!

Lamination

  • Natural Matte Lamination  (Liner is laminated also)

Printing

  • Cover + Black liner
  • Cover + White liner

Finishing options

  • Window cuts New!
  • Finger pulls New!
  • Business card pockets New!

Quantities

Available in quantities of 50 up to 350 binders. Over 350 custom binders, your binder will print on the offset press, giving you more flexibility and even more printing options!

Can I get a Portfolio Binder digitally printed?

Not at this point.

How fast will I get my binders

We will ship your binders 10 business days after receiving your artwork.

 

Can I get tab dividers with that?

Absolutely.  Our standard tab dividers print digitally so your art will match exactly.  To top it off, they look great (as you can see here).

short run binders and tab dividers - Corporate Image

Artwork and Design Questions

Submitting your binder Artwork 

When you decide what ring size you need, get a template from you sales representative. All art will be submitted in PDF form, with one copy showing the template to insure placement of art. All files should be print quality (300 dpi or higher) – lower resolution files will not print well!

How small of a typeface can I print?

If it is legible, it should print fine. Generally that means 6pt and above

Can I overprint?

Since we are printing these digitally, you can’t overprint.  It is best to have your artwork exactly as you want to see it and flatten it without layers.

File Formats Accepted for Artwork

We accept PDF files for your completed artwork. Please use one of the following “Adobe PDF Settings” to generate your PDF: PDF/X-3a:2002 PDF/X-4:2007 (use this setting to export out of any Adobe  application)

You will generate two versions of the art – one exactly as you want your binder to look and another with the template overlayed on your artwork.  This way we can tell before we print it if there will be issues with alignment.

What do I need to know to convert artwork from a previous job?

The templates are slightly different for the digitally printed binders, so you will need to move your artwork onto the new template to check alignment.  For the most part, that is it.  You will need to generate the output as a PDF (see formats).

Payment and Shipping Questions

Binder Costs

Cost per binder goes down as you order higher quantities, so we will give you a quick idea of costs.  Contact us to get an exact cost for your specs.  (Larger rings will generally be more expensive)

White liner   Black Liner

qty 50:    1″ D Ring           $17.35         $17.91      each

qty100:   1″ D Ring           $11.69         $12.17      each

qty 200   1″ D Ring           $8.70           $9.13        each

qty 350   1″ D Ring           $6.96           $7.32        each

Payment options

For most orders, we would prefer to place the order and shipping using a credit card.

Shipping Options

We are happy to ship on your Fed Ex or UPS numbers.

Orders under 200 binders can ship FedEx or UPS ground, so you would not need a loading dock.

Orders over 200 binders can be sent via UPS  but are generally much cheaper and safer if we can ship them freight. If you do not have a loading dock that can handle a semi, or shorter truck, we will work with you to find the least expensive, safest way to ship your materials.

Need short run binder? Let our team help you get the best 3 ring binders!


How to Measure a 3-ring Binder ring

3-ring binders: how big a binder do you need?

Before you look at printing, designs, window cuts and spot UV for your next presentation binder, find out how much binder you need.

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What are you putting in your 3 ring binder?

Page Count: Knowing the page count of your materials (and whether it vary) is key to determining ring size. Adding pamphlets, samples or give-aways, USB drives or other objects lets you know how large the spine of the binder might need to be.

If your information is in protective sleeves, we will also have to make sure tab dividers and front and back binder covers fit.

Page size: Generally, in the US, parts of Mexico and a large part of Canada your paper size is going to be US standard 8.5″ x 11″.

A4 paper sizes are used in Europe and most of the rest of the world. A4 paper is 8.3″ x 11.7″ which is very similar, but the binder needs to be resized to make sure it fits correctly. If you are in the US and think the A4 size looks arbitrary, it is a much more intuitive paper sizing – with A1 half of a sheet of A0, A2 is half of A1 …. Clever.

Notebook or Halfsheet sized paper can vary, but generally a half sheet of US standard paper. The sheets are 5.5″ x 8.5″ so you get a nice small binder. These are also generally a 3 ring set-up.

How many sheets of paper does a binder ring hold?

This depends on what style of ring you choose. A D-ring and a round ring hold the paper differently and have different benefits.

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Round rings v. D-ring binders

D-ring binders

In a D-ring, the ring is shaped like a backward “D” so the paper is held evenly on the right, your tab dividers all line up and there is a clean line of paper. Some people find the harder to turn the pages quickly with a D-ring binder ( though a slant D-ring solves this problem).  A D-ring always mounts on the back panel of a binder – not the spine – so the paper rests on the flat part of the ring when it is closed. This makes the cover a little wider. If you need a small ring, it is good to know there is no 1/2″ D-ring.

Round ring binders (O ring)

A round ring can mount on the spine of a binder, so the covers, front and back, are a little shorter. It is easy to turn pages since it is a continuous curve. The issue with seeing tab dividers toward the bottom of the stack of information is negligible in smaller rings and up to you to decide if it is an issue in large rings. A lot of people don’t see it as a problem. For people with small paper needs – you can get a 1/2″ O ring binder!

 How to measure a binder ring:

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Binder rings are measured on the flat part of the D-ring and the inside diameter of a round ring from side to side.

 

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON RINGS AND STYLES OF 3 RING BINDERS CLICK HERE!

Get exactly what you need by measuring a 3-ring binder. Spine width is not a great measure of how much paper fits in a binder, so we recommend learning to measure the rings.


Print Facts: The Sustainability of a 3-ring Binder

Business is seeing the benefits of creating a more sustainable workplace.

From health benefits, happier employees, benefits to the environment and sizable savings in spending, sustainability is a winning, and growing, movement.

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Together with our sister company, Naked Binder, our 3 decades of being a sustainable manufacturer have helped us raise the bar for the entire North American binder and presentation products field. Corporate Image creates products that will last, but not at the cost of the environment.

Why not vinyl?

Why not vinyl? So many reasons.

Economic: Vinyl binders fall apart. The hinges are weak and affected by both heat and cold. This means you replace them constantly. A well made binder – like those made by Corporate Image or Naked Binder – has been tested to 250,000 flexes – so the cover won’t fall off even if you use it 20 times a day for 30 years.

Health: The plasticizers in your vinyl binder are toxic. A vinyl binder will off-gas for it’s lifetime, affecting the air in your office or home. These toxins are released into our ground water from landfill and add to issues of the approx 9300 landfill fires every year.

Sustainability: Add to this, that vinyl is not recycled in the U.S. except for a small amount during the manufacturing process, and massive amounts of vinyl are being landfilled every year.

Recyclable save money.

Money spent on waste disposal can be cut down, especially in large corporations where you can potentially have a warehouse with 10-30,000 vinyl binders that need to go to hazardous waste disposal.

Cutting down your waste stream by diverting recyclables to where they be reused saves you money, protects the environment, cuts landfill and uses less resources than making products with virgin resources.

Recycled materials save the planet.

Corporate Image uses 100% post consumer waste board to create better binders, and we work with many recycled stocks including Neenah papers and folding papers to make your folders, boxes and packaging!

 

So many more options for sustainable binders, folders and boxes.

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Great range of options and benefits

A sustainable 3-ring binder, box or pocket folder from Corporate Image is not only crafted with outstanding quality, our products are stronger, have better printing and more options. Our 3-ring binders were tested to 250,000 flexes (opening and closings) without failing. That means your binder could last over 30 years if you use it 20 times a day. Instead of replacing your materials every few months you can use them for years, saving you money.

Print options: Need spot UV or varnish? 4 color process with spot colors? Mixed materials – say a cloth and printed binder? Foil stamping and debossed logos? Vinyl and plastics don’t have the same range of options we can offer you to make your presentation or sample kit stand out.

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Best of all, our 3-ring binders, pocket folders, boxes and packaging are all 100% recyclable and don’t off-gas. No landfill or toxic gasses in your office.

Sustainability in presentation materials is a real thing. Protect the environment, support your green initiatives, save money and increase your influence with a move to better materials!


Naked Binder: a sister company to be proud of.

The Naked Binder Woodie won the Best Binder in North America in 2015.

Last year Naked Binder and Corporate Image released their wood binders  – real wood in birch or cherry wood over our 100% post consumer waste board – and won an award for Best Binder in North America. These beautiful design elements that enhance your office or home even as they keep you organized. At Naked Binder, you can buy one (or 10) for your home or office, while Corporate Image can help you with customized wood binders. And then this:

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Then our Hang Tag won a design award from GDUSA (Graphic Design USA magazine)!

Hang Tag Designer: Scott Thornton

We are proud and honored to be innovating award winning products!

Naked Binder! Proud to be seen for our great design of binders and materials!

 


The Secrets of 3 Ring Binders: learn more to get what you need.

3-Ring Binders have evolved from the binders of your high school days.

Todays binders are non-vinyl, sustainable, recyclable and a whole lot stronger.

If you are ordering a custom binder for a proposal, conference, sample folders (ringless binders for holding samples!), information kits, or school kits, there are better choices and more variables that can make your project a stand out!

 

Picking the right binder ring.

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The spine of a binder is not the best way to measure a binder. How much paper a ring holds is much more accurate. When you plan your custom binder, know the range of materials you want to put in – say between 200-275 pages for the proposals. This way you know you would need a 1.5″ D-ring binder or a 2″ Round ring binder.

Get the full binder ring size chart here.

How would you like to customize your binder?

Printed binders

Printed binders offer you a canvas for your art. With printing options that encompass photos, PMS colors, spot varnish or UV coatings, foil stamping, and debossing, the real limit of your binder is your imagination. Munsell-notebook-look-1-2

Corporate Image offers a full range of print options from our 6 color offset press to digital printing. Our team is here to help you figure out the best way to get the effects you are looking for.

Cloth and custom paper covered binders

With added strength, elegance and the tactile feel of cloth or a textured paper you can engage your customer on a number of levels. To customize these, you are generally working with foil stamping and debossing.custom cloth and debossed binders - Corporate Image

The results, as seen with this Haworth furniture binder, can be stunning. Corporate Image has 240+ colors of cloth in stock and many textured and specialty papers. If you are trying to find a unique look, we can help get you there.

Now to finish your binder.

Finger pulls.

For crowded shelves and larger binders, a finger pull can make it easy to get a binder off a shelf. For Architectural offices and interior designers who have a lot of samples and idea books, this can be a great added value!finger pulls for binders - Corporate Image

Portfolio closures.

Your binder can also close like a box. Our portfolio closures are built directly into the binder, so they are made of the same strong board the binder is. The portfolio closes with either standard velcro, magnets, snaps or straps.

The portfolio protects the contents of your binder, allows a much more finished look and offers even more room for your art and message.

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More custom custbinder options:

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  • Custom window cuts
  • Business card holders
  • Pockets
  • Landscape and oblong shapes
  • Bare board and flush cut binders
  • Paperboard ring folders / Presentation binders
  • Handles and straps
  • Foil stamping, debossing, Spot UV, Spot varnish
  • Lamination in natural matte, gloss, and soft touch
  • Fully printed liners
  • Binder clips
  • Pocket pages, tab dividers, cut sheets
  • Interior pages
  • Sample folders / samples kits

Creating a custom binder is more complicated, but a lot more fun than it used to be. Your binder partner can help guide you through the options, find what is right for you, your budget and your brand.

We would be happy to help you at any point in your process with samples, custom templates, consultation, and crafting your new presentation binders!


Short Run Custom Printed 3-Ring Binders

Short run 3-ring binders:

combine quality and craftsmanship in small quantities.

 

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• What options can I choose from?

• Artwork, Design, Manufacturing Questions

• Payment and Shipping Questions

 

 

Square or Round Spine 3-ring Binders

If you order a 3-ring binder in quantities from 50 to 350 pieces, we will print your binder digitally.  This saves you money and the environment a lot of waste.  

These binders have full bleed full cover with a white or black liner. Because we are running digitally, artwork will be submitted in PDF form.

 

Options

Short Run Binder Sizes

  • Standard – to hold 8.5″ x 11″ paper (US standard)
  • Half Sheet Notebook – to hold 5.5″ x 8.5″ paper

Short Run Digital Binder ring sizes:

  • 3/4″ D-ring  – holds 180 sheets of paper (20lb. copy paper)
  • 1″ D-ring  – holds 220 sheets of paper
  • 1.5″ D-ring  – holds 350 sheets of paper
  • 2″ D-ring  – holds 450 sheets of paper
  • 2.5″ D-ring – holds 550 sheets of paper
  • 3″ D-ring – holds 600 sheets of paper
  • 3.5″ D-ring – holds 650 sheets of paper

 

Binder spine options:  

  • Square spines
  • Round Spines

Lamination Types

  • Natural Matte Lamination  (Liner is laminated also)
  • Gloss Lamination
  • Soft Touch Lamination

Printing

  • Cover + Black liner
  • Cover + White liner

Quantities

Available in quantities of 50 up to 350 binders. Over 350 custom binders, your binder will print on the offset press, giving you more flexibility and even more printing options!

Can I get a Portfolio Binder digitally printed?

Not at this point.

How fast will I get my binders

We will ship your binders 10 business days after receiving your artwork.

Can I get tab dividers with that?

Absolutely.  Our standard tab dividers print digitally so your art will match exactly.  To top it off, they look great (as you can see here).

 

Artwork and Design Questions

Submitting your binder Artwork 

When you decide what ring size you need, get a template from you sales representative. All art will be submitted in PDF form, with one copy showing the template to insure placement of art. All files should be print quality (300 dpi or higher) – lower resolution files will not print well!

How small of a typeface can I print?

If it is legible, it should print fine. Generally that means 6pt and above

Can I overprint?

Since we are printing these digitally, you can’t overprint.  It is best to have your artwork exactly as you want to see it and flatten it without layers.

File Formats Accepted for Artwork

We accept PDF files for your completed artwork. Please use one of the following “Adobe PDF Settings” to generate your PDF: PDF/X-3a:2002 PDF/X-4:2007 (use this setting to export out of any Adobe  application)

You will generate two versions of the art – one exactly as you want your binder to look and another with the template overlayed on your artwork.  This way we can tell before we print it if there will be issues with alignment.

What do I need to know to convert artwork from a previous job?

The templates are slightly different for the digitally printed binders, so you will need to move your artwork onto the new template to check alignment.  For the most part, that is it.  You will need to generate the output as a PDF (see formats).

Payment and Shipping Questions

Binder Costs

Cost per binder goes down as you order higher quantities, so we will give you a quick idea of costs.  Contact us to get an exact cost for your specs.  (Larger rings will generally be more expensive)

White liner   Black Liner

qty 50:    1″ D Ring           $17.35         $17.91      each

qty100:   1″ D Ring           $11.69         $12.17      each

qty 200   1″ D Ring           $8.70           $9.13        each

qty 350   1″ D Ring           $6.96           $7.32        each

Payment options

For most orders, we would prefer to place the order and shipping using a credit card.

Shipping Options

We are happy to ship on your Fed Ex or UPS numbers.

Orders under 200 binders can ship FedEx or UPS ground, so you would not need a loading dock.

Orders over 200 binders can be sent via UPS  but are generally much cheaper and safer if we can ship them freight. If you do not have a loading dock that can handle a semi, or shorter truck, we will work with you to find the least expensive, safest way to ship your materials.


Be Beautiful. Designing a 3-ring Binder.

Practical. That is a word people use for 3-ring binders.

Imagine a 3-ring binder that goes beyond practical and becomes a design element, marketing tool and a work of art.

Some of the design issues you are going to run into have nothing to do with the practical thoughts of ring size (how much stuff are you putting in there) or the difference between round and “D” rings. (get binder ring info here!)

  1. Printing.
  2. Liners.
  3. Tactile.
  4. Closures.

Printing your custom binder.

offset printed 3 ring binders - corporate Image  No matter what you design, we can print it on your binder. We print both offset and digitally printed binder options depending on your quantities.

The cover, spine and back cover of your binder are all on one printed sheet. Unlike vinyl slip sheeted or screen printed binders, your artwork is seamless with unmatched quality.

Remember that the spine of a binder is what is seen when it is on a shelf. This is an opportunity to create some visual excitement even when your binder is not in use.

Printing your binder liner (the inside)

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If you are working on an offset printed binder, printing the liner is free! This gives you more room to make your statement, add information, and connect with your end user.

Haptic Binders – tactile marketing in just getting started!

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Marketing seems to be just discovering the role of touch in our decision making process. With over 240 colors of book fabrics, debossing, UV printing, custom die cuts, soft touch laminations and foil stamping, you have a range of options that make your 3 ring binder tantalizing to touch.

3 ring binder closures

Most 3 ring binders don’t have closures, but there are many ways to keep your information safe and your binder closed when you are not using it. Start with a portfolio binder, which has a flap that comes around to the front cover.

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The most common closures are velcro (in white, black or clear) and magnets (square and round in many sizes). Both of these offer secure ways of keeping the covers. Straps are available also.

 


Best 3-ring Binder in the United States and Canada

Corporate Image has won a lot of awards for the custom 3-ring binders we manufacture.

We are proud to announce that for the 4th time, Corporate Image has won First Place for the best binder in the United States and Canada!

We are proud and honored to receive the Eska Frog Award for 2015!

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The 2015 Best Binder was our first in-house binder to win the competition. We created the wood 3-ring binder for both Corporate Image customers and Naked Binder, our off the shelf, sustainable binder company. These sustainable sourced wood binders offer all the joys of real wood with a core of 100% post consumer waste binders board. Available in cherry and birch wood.

Naked Binder sells these individually and without customization, but at Corporate Image we offer foil stamping for these binders to create a custom 3-ring binder that really stands out! These were for Graphic Wood Technologies:

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Corporate Image is an employee owned manufacturer making all of our products in the United States. We love design, so we are constantly working to find better, more interesting, longer lasting options for how all of our products are made. We are leaders in innovation and service, helping our clients get results!

Whether you are looking for a wood 3 ring binder or not, Corporate Image can help you get the best binder in the world for your company!


A year in the life of a 3-ring binder manufacturer.

Corporate Image makes custom, strong and recyclable 3 ring binders for an amazing list of customers.

We believe that design encompasses function, style and message, so we work with you from product design to production to innovate the best products in the world.  As an employee owned company every person in our building is watching out for your project.

Every binder we make is custom – from art and printing, size and rings, papers and cloth, window cuts and finishing options, we are set to create a special product that exactly matches your branding and message.

the best US binder manufacturer

On top of all those binders, we also made pocket folders, tab dividers, binder interior pages, cut sheets, paperboard boxes, corrugate boxes, rigid boxes and a number of custom products.

Corporate Image is an employee owned manufacturer making all of our products in the United States. We love design, so we are constantly working to find better, more interesting, longer lasting options for how all of our products are made. We are leaders in innovation and service, helping our clients get results!

If you are working on a new idea, sketching a presentation packaging thought, let us help you make it real. Our in house package designer team can take you from bar napkin to design award ceremony!


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