Short run 3-ring binders:
combine 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 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.
Short Run Binder Sizes
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!
Not at this point.
We will ship your binders 10 business days after receiving your artwork.
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).
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!
If it is legible, it should print fine. Generally that means 6pt and above
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.
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.
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).
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.
1 color to 6 color printing:
How to decide what’s best for your project.
So what does 1 color vs. 6 color, spot color vs. 4 color process printing mean to you and your project? How do you know what option is best? Well lets break down some facts about printing offset and tips that might help you with your next project.
4 color process – CYMK:
4 color process is probably the most common way to set up your artwork. With just the standard CMYK build you can make countless combinations of colored logos, full images and photos.
In this system a color image is separated into 4 different color values to create 4 images that are transferred to printing plates. When you run these on a printing press with the CYMK inks (cyan (blue), magenta (red), yellow and black (the k in cmyk)) you can reproduce the original color image. Most of the entire spectrum or gamut of colors are reproduced with just the four process ink colors. Printing 4 color process is standard in the printing industry on offset presses (presses that use inks and printing plates). The quality is better than digital printing and it is cheaper in large quantity runs.
In offset printing, a spot color is any color generated by an ink (pure or mixed) that is printed using a single run. CYMK can come close to matching any color, but to get it exact, a PMS color can be mixed and used for areas that need to be an exact match to, say, a logo color.
Absolutely need to match a color?
Is getting your brand color just right the main concern for you and your team? Then printing PMS colors or a combination is your best bet. Printing a standard PMS color is the best way to ensure your brand color carries over from all the collateral items you print.
If you have photos or other artwork you’d like to use on your material and an important logo in PMS colors, you might want to consider 4 color process+1 color PMS. This will allow you to place images on your project while printing your corporate colors as well. Nothing has to be sacrificed, especially not the integrity of your brand.
Flush cut 2 PMS with screens printed binder 4 color process printed binder
Is cost your main concern?
If cost is your main concern then stick with 1 color to 4 color process/PMS. Most people don’t realize that your unit price for printing one side won’t change from 1 color to 4 color whether you are using 4 PMS colors or 4 color Process. The only fee change is within the prepress charge for your project. For example, for a 1 color 3 ring binder prepress is $275, while 4 color adds only $150. A small fee to have a full range of color options at your fingertips.
If you are working on a custom printed 3 ring binder, there is one place you don’t have to skimp. Print those liners! Did you know that most binders print cover & liner on the same press sheet? So that’s one side printing people. You can print the inside or your binder with common colors from the cover at NO additional charge. This adds a lot of punch and makes you a hero to your clients. (Tell them you talked us into printing it for free!)
Do you want the greatest variety in printing options?
4 color process can run everything from gorgeous photos to solid blocks of color, so offers a great range of options.
But what if you have 4 PMS colors but still want variety in your project? Easy, SCREENS…lots of screens. You can print your PMS colors at 100% , or pull back those percentages on the same colors for a bit of variety without increasing your Prepress charges.
Bodek and Rhodes created this stunning offset printed 3-ring binder and liner.
Now when you need custom 3-ring binders for a conference, meeting or proposal, you can get all of the quality with beautiful printed images.
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.
Low quantity custom binders are no problem.
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. Corporate Image makes recyclable binders that are non-toxic. Our printing is better, the binders last longer, don’t poison the environment or go to landfills, and they look much, much better.
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:
The Corporate Image digital 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!
Working on a printed presentation piece and wondering if you should go digital or offset (litho) printing?
This info graphic (found here) helps explain the basics of it.
Corporate Image offers both offset and digital printing depending on the job. Our team will work with you to determine what will work best for your job, but it is good to have the information for working with your clients. Offset or litho printing offers higher quality, but digital printing has been catching up quickly. There are a few things digital just can’t do (yet) that make offset printing a real stand out option. The long and short of it is:
When to use Offset Printing:
When to use Digital Printing:
Be aware that both this and the info-graphic are not complete so talk to us about what you need (our people are well versed in the subtle strengths and weaknesses of each.)
International Paper created these two beautiful ‘Ethisphere binders’. A two part series highlighting the ethical and sustainable beliefs of the company, these binders are one of the most sustainable, recyclable binders you can find.
These three ring binders are made with FSC certified 100% post consumer waste paperboard with and digitally printed FSC certified cover. They left the inside un covered, so the bare board shows through.
The binder is then flush cut – with the covered board and paper being trimmed at the same time. This offers a clean edge and eliminates the need for lamination on the sheet.
The International Paper binder is one of the most recyclable, sustainable 3 ring binders you can make. It combines less manufacturing steps with FSC certified recycled papers to result in a long lasting, beautiful binder that is also easily recyclable.
What is the Ethisphere?
We can help you reach your target audience with full-scale printing and packaging solutions.
The marketing tools you hand people act as stand in for your company. Well crafted, thoughtful, strong materials feel good in the hand, appeal to their sense of style and build confidence in your brand.
Our customers have won awards nationally and internationally from “Best Binder in the World”, numerous Addy awards, GDUSA Packaging awards and Construction Marketing awards. The awards they win are just the added benefit to the strength their presentation materials bring to their business.
Whether you need offset and digital printing, Corporate Image can get you exactly what you need. Our in-house package designers work side by side with print and production professionals every day to insure you get the exact product you need. We create templates and mock-ups based on your specifications so you can check and double check how your product works and feels.
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Our team acts as an extension of your team. Our staff have an incredible depth of knowledge in print, packaging and product design. From sales, design, pre-press, press operators and everyone who touches your product our main concern is helping you get exactly what you want, when you need it. We listen to you to make your life easier.
Corporate Image takes sustainability seriously. For over 30 years, we have created world class products which are 100% recyclable, with no vinyls, no plastics. The binders board we use in our 3 ring binders is 100% post consumer waste and we can FSC certify your project if you wish. We also print with soy inks! We can help you meet or exceed your sustainability goals.
What should you expect from a 3-ring binder manufacturer.
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.
Innovations… Styles… Options… Strengths….
Print and presentation packaging vary heavily from job to job – many of the questions may be best answered or collaborated on with your printer. Digital or offset printing, 4 color process or 4 cp plus a spot color, the best closure for cost, strength or looks (bearing in mind that what is best for one is not always best for another). Many times your project becomes a collaborative venture as you get input from the product designers, production and sales reps, which results in a fantastic product.
Innovation from your manufacturer is also important. Knowing the capabilities best and what has worked over a large range of products allows your manufacturer to be proactive in finding you solution.
Your sales team will help you navigate your process from start to finish so you want them responsive, knowledgable and able to listen. Any printer worth their salt should be able to provide samples, estimates, mock-ups for new products, templates, proofs and double check your art.
Does your print manufacturer have product designers on staff who can create products to your specifications and work with you to get exactly what you need? Even standard products are designed. Make sure your manufacturer is not just copying a template they found on the internet.
An example: Our product designers create for strength, looks, ease of use and to work with your materials. Even in something as seemingly simple as pocket folders, we re-designed the top 25 pocket folders so you know exactly which envelope they fit in, greatest range of pages, longevity and simplicity.
Clear accounting guidelines save you time and headaches. From credit policies to payment terms, get clear information.
Available to you.
Can you reach your representative when you need them? This can lower your stress by more than a little.
Learn more about how Corporate Image works with you here. 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!
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Recycling a 3-ring binder is easy – ( assuming you don’t have a vinyl binder )
If you have a paper based binder – not plastic or vinyl, you are already working with a much more eco friendly binder. The core of ever Corporate Image and Naked Binder is 100% post consumer waste binders board. Every binder is recycled and recyclable.
This Naked Binder video shows you how you can have your eco friendly 3-ring binder ready to recycle in seconds.
Tools You Need:
Flat head (standard) Screwdriver.
Recycling a Vinyl Binder is harder. There is no option to just recycle a vinyl binder the way you can a paper one. They fall apart faster and yet are basically landfill – somewhat toxic landfill. Naked Binder tried to find a way to recycle vinyl binders. If you like you can read about our quest here.
First, pop out the ring, just as you saw above.
Next take a knife and cut open the vinyl about a half inch from the edge of each panel and on the spine. You will probably need to split the vinyl on at least two sides of each panel to remove the chipboard panels inside.
Now that you have the components, the board can go in the paper recycling, the metal in the metal recycling and the vinyl? Now there is a good question. time to get on the phone to find out if your city/county/state has vinyl recycling capabilities. You will find they don’t. While the industry says it recyclable “there are currently no vinyl recycling programs available.” (from thread post).
If you have 6 binders, this is a pain, takes about 30 minutes, and a bit of garbage that will go to landfill. If you are a corporation with 10,000 binders, this is more serious. Besides the time to separate each component, Landfills consider vinyl a toxic asset in large quantities. The 3,000 pounds of vinyl you have will need to be shipped to a special landfill or stored indefinitely.
In these cases, the per binder cost sky rockets. Including labor, storage and shipping (along with short life and toxicity) into the binder price may convince you that the initial cost savings were not worth it.
The moral of this tale is to use paper based 3-ring binders. They are stronger, look better and 100% recyclable!
This is a guest post by Lori Owens
Sometimes you need a little help writing a Custom Binder RFP/RFQ
Writing an RFP (Request For Proposal) or an RFQ (Request for Quote) for custom printed 3-ring binders (or finding a binder option for that variable data) can be a tough undertaking. There are a lot of variables involved, from the purpose of the binder, the artwork, the size, and even the material.
Whether you are looking for a customized printed 3-ring binder or a binder that allows you to print your own labels to provide that variable data for your binder project look no farther – Corporate Image and Naked Binder can help with your needs.
What do you need to specify for your binder RFP or RFQ?
There are some basic things to consider right off. How the binder is being used will be key. How much information is being put in, how it will be used and how it needs to represent your brand are the basic questions.
What Size Custom 3-ring Binder Do We Need?
The two key things to know here are what size paper are you putting in the binder and how much.
Is the paper US standard, half sheet or A4? If you are in the US or Canada, generally it will be 8.5″ x 11″ paper. If not, the chances are your binder will hold A4.
The next measurement to look for is capacity. For a custom manufacturer binder size is actually a measurement of ring capacity, and not the width of the spine of the binder.
In order to determine ring size in reviewing responses to your RFP, we have provided a quick overview of what ring size would be appropriate for your custom binder application, the table below is based on the number of sheets of 20# bond paper. As you can see D-ring binders hold more paper than Round ring binders. If you have a larger ring size and are using tab dividers, a D-ring also holds the paper flatter on the insuring your tabs are visible.
What are Our Priorities in this Custom 3-ring Binder RFP/RFQ?
Before we can quote a binder, you need to decide the look and feel of your binder. (See a gallery of 3-ring binder styles here!) How you are using it and what art and finish you want will determine whether it is a lined and cased binder or paperboard binder, or whether it will print digitally or offset.
Look and Feel of the binder – how it is used – how it fits with your brand
Binder Options (options list here)
Production Time, Methods, and Preferences
Another key consideration you should outline in your RFP is your anticipated project date, and whether or not the “required by” date is firm. We would specify if the request is doable right away. If the required by date is flexible (or far enough out), it allows us to consider all possible options in meeting your request, and maximizing your budget.
Corporate Image and Naked Binder’s manufacturing plant is located in Des Moines, IA, we are happy to say our binders are made in the USA. This allows for a quick turnaround time and also knowing shipping costs would be less than importing binders.
Outlining these preferences in your RFP/RFQ is helpful in generating an accurate response and enabling us to find the most effective solution for your custom binder project.
How Flexible Are Your Custom Binder Specifications?
These options might include ring size, type of paper, turned-edge, flush cut, bare board binder, or paperboard binders, finishes, D-ring, slant D-ring or round ring, artwork… any one of a number of variables. By indicating which specifications may be able to be modified in order to make your project work, this will provide us with the information needed in order to make a proper and accurate response.
Custom Binder Warehousing, Drop Shipping, and Fulfillment
It is important to include information in your RFP about the implementation of your binder program.
Will your binder program require drop shipping to multiple locations, either at the start of the program or throughout the year?
If you’re drop shipping, will it be “blind drop shipping” or white labeling?
Need More Help with Your Custom Binder RFP or RFQ?
Have Questions? We’re always willing to help. Please feel free to contact your sales consultant and let us help understand your project and provide the best possible solution for your binder project. We look forward to working with you! Contact us and let us give you a hand!
What are the differences in color profiles for print and the web?
Boy are we happy you asked.
CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black), or four color process, is a subtractive color model, meaning if you add together CMY you should get black. Color mixes being what they are, Black was added to make sure a true black could get printed.
RGB (Red, Green, Blue) is a additive color process generally used for digital devices and internet. This works on the same principle of mixing light in which a mix of red, green and blue gives you…white. Try that with ink.
PMS colors offer you a way to match exact print colors- since slight variations in mix on press can change a color. Lets say your have a VERY specific corporate color in your logo. CMYK will come very close, but if you want to be exact, you probably want to run the PMS color as a spot color. You can specify PMS for digital use, but it will get translated to RGB.
The logocompany.net put out this great info-graphic and we thought you should take a look:
Don’t you feel informed? Thanks Logo Company!
If you want a beautiful, strong custom 3-ring binder, but need small quantities, do we have an option for you!
This binder for the Des Moines Art Festival (an excellent Arts Festival by the way) was designed by Kayli Kunkel and just came off the line yesterday. When we got a look at it, we were excited. When the Art Festival saw it – well lets say they were very pleased:
Check them out for yourselves!
2″ D-ring binders
Digitally printed cover, white liner
If you need custom 3-ring binders for a conference, meeting or proposal, you know that most of the options out there are slim pickings. Perhaps you could get away with a screened vinyl binder if you had to, but does it really represent your company well?
Now you have an option that not only gives you the quality of image, but the quality of construction that shows the attention to detail and craftsmanship that you put into every aspect of your company.
Custom Digital Binder stats and information:
The Corporate Image digital binder combines all of quality we are known for with the lower quantities you sometimes need. Call today to get samples or more information!
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