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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
1801 Thompson Avenue
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.
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.
This whole binder is then recyclable. Simply pop the rings out and recycle the board and rings.
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.
We help you get and keep your clients attention.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Stop juggling vendors and print quality!
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.
When your presentation needs to be stunning, Corporate Image is here for you.
Short run custom printed 3-ring binders
Quality and Craftsmanship in small quantities.
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
Short Run Binder ring sizes:
Binder spine options:
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
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
For most orders, we would prefer to place the order and shipping using a credit card.
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.
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.
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.
Round rings v. 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:
Binder rings are measured on the flat part of the D-ring and the inside diameter of a round ring from side to side.
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.
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