Corporate Image re-created the 3-ring binder for you.
Your binder is strong, sustainable with a huge range of custom and printing options. Before you go planning window cuts, spot UV and other finishing options, make sure you have a good grasp on the basics.
What are you putting in your 3 ring binder?
Before you make any other decisions or hunt through hundreds of pictures of 3 ring binders, find out how many pages and other materials you need. This will clarify ring size, which gives a clear picture of what style of binder, 3-ring mechanism and how strong your binder needs to be.
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.
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.
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!
Picking a Binder for A4, US standard or Notebook binders
It is good to know that there are different sizes of paper depending on where you are in the world and what you need.
US standard paper is 8.5″ x 11″ and generally uses a 3-ring set up in a binder. This paper sized in used in the US, parts of Mexico and most of the time, Canada.
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. A4 rings are either a 4 ring set up or a 2 ring set up, so make sure you know what your end needs are
Notebook 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.
Have fun with your custom binders! Just make sure the basics of how many pages and what sized paper are taken care of!
Design Project of the Week: Playworld custom 3-ring binder, pocket folder and tab dividers.
Playword and Corporate Image are a great match.
Playworld makes beautiful, green playground equipment. From eliminating 99.99% of PVCs from their equipment and being certified cradle to cradle, they care about children’s health and the environment. On top of being super sustainable, their playground equipment is amazing.
When we started working with them on a project we knew eco-friendly was going to be key. Since Corporate Image specializes in sustainable, green marketing pieces, we were excited.
The final pieces are a flush cut 3 ring binder with a custom die cut, a custom pocket folder with the same custom die cut as well as the most awesome set of custom tab dividers.
Sustainable and green aspects of the binder and folders:
3 Ring Binder
The project was beautifully designed and a job to make. From the flush cut binders to the amazingly fun tab dividers, this project was a favorite in production. That is high praise indeed. Our production crew work on some of the highest end presentation projects in the country every day and they are connoisseurs of packaging and graphic design.
Some jobs are just fun to run! Having all these pictures of kids playing brightened up the plant!
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.
Your company believes in being environmentally friendly and wants great design, printing and quality. Your job: Find a index tab divider for their information kits that fulfills all of these needs.
Corporate Image has a quick guide for what to look for in index tab dividers!
Organizing with tab dividers is just one aspect of what you need when you are ordering tabs.
Can you print your index tabs to match your other printed materials?
If all of your materials are printed with spot PMS and spot UV, being able to match that is makes your whole kit stand out. Know whether you can print either offset or digital and how close it will match your other materials.
How many tab dividers do you need?
Do you need a bank of 5, a bank of 10 or three banks of 6 tabs? Are your tabs standard square tabs or rounded or custom? Are there templates and are they easy to use?
How many tab dividers you order will obviously depend on how many categories of information you are separating. Whether you get a bank of 10 or two banks of 5 will depend to a degree on how much information you are putting on the tab itself as well as the aesthetics of how you like the tabs to look.
Recycled, recyclable and eco friendly tab dividers.
Seriously, with all the choices out there, how could you not get a tab divider that is printed by a green printer and is 100% recyclable. Soy inks, recycled papers and the ability to recycle the divider actually don’t really affect quality, price or options. To get anything else would go against your companies responsibility statements and ruffle feathers all the way to the top.
Whatever you need for your tab dividers Corporate Image can help you.
We have been making index tab dividers along with our sales boxes and 3-ring binders for over 30 years! Custom or standard, digital or offset printed, we are experts in helping you get exactly what you need. Great templates and an in-house product designer can make your life easier!
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!
So why limit your exposure to PVC?
Our sister company Naked Binder makes off the shelf eco friendly 3-ring binders and pocket folders and has done a lot of research on vinyls, plastics and the environment. Corporate Image has been printing with soy inks, using recycled papers and board and making custom recycled and recyclable 3-ring binders, pocket folders and boxes for nearly 30 years. Together we plan to make recyclable 3-ring binders and folders the standard, eliminating tons of vinyl waste in our landfills, offices and homes.
Why you ask? So happy you did!
No other plastic contains or releases as many dangerous chemicals. These include dioxins, phthalates, vinyl chloride, ethylene dichloride, lead, cadmium, and organotins. There’s no safe way to manufacture, use or dispose of PVC products
In You and your food. As a persistent bioaccumulative toxin (PBT), it does not breakdown rapidly and travels around the globe, accumulating in fatty tissue and concentrating as it goes up the food chain. Dioxins from Louisiana manufacturing plants migrate on the winds and concentrate in Great Lakes fish. Dioxins are even found in hazardous concentrations in the tissues of whales and polar bears and in Inuit mother’s breast milk. The dioxin exposure of the average American already poses a calculated risk of cancer of greater than 1 in 1,000 – thousands of times greater than the usual standard for acceptable risk. Really scary is that dioxins concentrate in breast milk to the point that human infants now receive high doses, orders of magnitude greater than those of the average adult.
Air pollution near plants: In Mossville, Louisiana, air monitoring conducted by the US Environmental Protection Agency in 1999 showed concentrations of vinyl chloride more than 120 times higher than the ambient air standard.
Working in plants: Studies have documented links between working in vinyl chloride production facilities and the increased likelihood of developing diseases including angiosarcoma of the liver, a rare form of liver cancer, brain cancer, lung cancer, lymphomas, leukemia, and liver cirrhosis.
The multitudes of additives required to make PVC useful make large scale post consumer recycling nearly impossible for most products and interfere with the recycling of other plastics. Of an estimated 7 billion pounds of PVC thrown away in the US, only 14 million – less than 1/2 of 1 percent – is recycled. The Association of Post Consumer Plastics Recyclers declared efforts to recycle PVC a failure and labeled it a contaminant in 1998. We tried. Learn more about how that went.
Although vinyl is in theory recyclable, there are currently no vinyl recycling programs available. The vast majority of PVCs end up in landfill or incinerated – and both are environmentally hazardous. Currently 0.1% to 3% of vinyl is recycled (mostly industrial waste) of the 2 billion and 4 billion pounds of PVC that is discarded in the US every year.
PVC poses a great risk in building fires, as it releases deadly gases long before it ignites, such as hydrogen chloride which turns to hydrochloric acid when inhaled. As it burns, whether accidentally or in waste incineration, it releases yet more toxic dioxins. PVC burning in landfill fires may now be the single largest source of dioxin releases to the environment. If you see the former entry about recycling, with the approximately 8400 landfill fires every year in the US, this is an issue.
Links to more information
Vinyl Industry Sites
For those of you who like the concise half sheet notebook binders, you will be happy to know that you can get all the extras with a small binder that are available with a full sized binder.
Notebook binders are great for meetings, conferences, workshops. A great combination of form and function, these smaller 3-ring binders offer great branding in a package people will enjoy carrying around. Many people despair at finding the same great “extras” that you can get with a full sized binder.
Corporate Image would like to let you know that a notebook binder has no limitations!
Index Tab Dividers for notebook binders
Available in banks of 4-8 tabs, full color printing, the notebook tab dividers are every bit as flexible and customizable as full sized tabs.
Paper Pockets for half sheet notebook binders
Pockets in vinyl binders rip out after a few uses, but these great paper pockets will last. A paper binder pocket is a clip in pocket folder for your binders. It can be used combined to work both as a tab divider or separate pocket depending on what you need. This means information can be added anywhere in the binder, not just shoved in on the inside covers.
Added benefits are the ability to print full color for maximum branding – these binder pockets will match any of your other pieces from the binder to you information. If you business is very eco-friendly, a fully recyclable bare board binder pocket might be the way to go:
Half sheet notebook binders have a full range of options that can help you get your information to the people you want to reach. The smaller binder saves you on shipping costs, materials and printing costs while delivering a big impact.
Corporate Image is proud to announce that three of our clients have won 2014 American Package Design Awards
Congratulations to Prestige Tuxedo, HealthPartners and Meyocks Group / Delta Dental of Iowa!
Why go with Printed Tab Dividers?
Printed tab dividers add a huge amount of punch to your 3-ring binders or sales boxes. Besides making it easy to find the information you are looking for, a beautiful tab set helps your information stand out. A beautiful and graphic tab divider gives the visual and emotional pull to the information you have in the pages.
Offset printed tab dividers offer premium quantity and range of options
Offset printed tabs have a full range of options form standard tab cuts to half moon or custom. They are available in standard banks of 2- 8 as well as custom configurations – we can make these as pocket pages or a box tab.
Available to print 1 or 2 sided, 3-hole drilled or not, collated or uncollated all depending on what you need.
Digitally printed tab dividers are another option.
A move to digitally printed tab dividers can offer you great design options, but perhaps not as many options. These are a great cost effective option for custom index tabs.
The pictured tab dividers are from our Quickship line:
Available in banks of 4 and 5 tabs.
These tabs print one sided and arrive collated in sets. The tab is text only and there are no bleeds off the edge of the tabs. Ship in 5 business days.
Check out our Tab Divider Design Guide
Marketing materials – from in-house information binders to sample kits – say as much about your company as the information in them.
There are a lot of manufacturers and printers out there who can do some things well, but when you start working on your marketing materials you don’t want to be limited by the few things they can do.
Corporate Image has been making quality marketing and presentation materials for almost 30 years. From 3 ring binders (voted best in the world) to pocket folders, sales boxes, sample kits and tab dividers, Corporate Image has the highest quality and largest range.
Our in house packaging designers can make sure you exceed your expectations. Need to show 120 tiles? No problem. Window sashes? Sure. Patient information kits? Absolutely. We can create a solution for your needs or use one of the many hundreds of dies that we already have.
Corporate Image is a green FSC certified printer. We can spec papers up to 100% post consumer waste and use soy inks. Our products can all be FSC certified. If you need a fully eco friendly 3-ring binder or pocket folder we have a range of options for you.
You should not have to settle.
It used to be that eco friendly was code for poorly made. Not anymore.
Eco friendly marketing materials (from 3-ring binders and pocket folders to tab dividers and sales boxes) are better value, better quality and better for your image.
For the last 3 years the 3-ring binder voted best binder in North America (and once Best Binder in the World) was a Corporate Image binder. Our products offer a greater range of printing and customizing opportunities and an amazing look, feel and range of possibilities.
Greener, eco friendly materials and practices.
Corporate Image is a green FSC certified printer who has been using soy based inks for over 20 years. Our binders are made with 100% post consumer waste board, our papers use recycled content and the entire binder is recyclable.
Along with using recycled materials, our products are built to last. One of our bare board binders (from Naked Binder – our eco friendly office supply company) was tested to 250,000 flexes without fail. That means you can open and close that binder 20 times a day for 34 years. Try that with vinyl.
Marketing materials show who you are as a company – what you believe, how you practice and how well you will perform. Corporate Image believes in what we do, and we take pride in making the best pocket folders, binders and boxes you can find. From our printing and packaging designers to construction and shipping, we make sure you are getting what you want and more.
Corporate Image sets the standard that other manufacturers are trying to meet.
Eco friendly marketing materials, from 3-ring binders to sales boxes, are now the best quality, best branding and best value you can find.
Find out more! Get Samples or a Quote or chat with one of our sales consultants!
Organization just keeps getting better, greener and with more options. Tab Dividers have been around for a long time, but if your proposal needs some pep with it’s organization, custom printed tab dividers can be just what you are looking for.
With several styles from full offset printed dividers to digitally printed sets, Corporate Image offers a range of options to fit you needs, budget and look. While all Index tab dividers are pretty eco friendly, make sure you understand what materials go into your tabs to get the most out of product.
Confused about the differences in Tab Dividers? Check out the new Tab Divider Design Resource Guide. Find out what your options are, how eco friendly they are and the range of possible materials!
Tab dividers not only organize contents, they help sell
Custom printed tabs make it easy to find information fast and add to the overall impact of the presentation. They allow more room for your creativity and to communicate your message. Tab dividers are offered with either standard or half-moon tab extensions, but your imagination can be your guide, as we can create a custom die-cut that will get your project noticed. You can print on one side or both of the 12-point stock, which can then be laminated for durability or varnished.
We also offer economical, quick ship tabs when you want your tabs fast. We digitally print your artwork on 90# index with a mylar-reinforced tab and ship them to you in only 5 working days. A variety of standard quickship binders are available.
Corporate Image will work with you to create just the right size and style to fit your needs. Custom tab dividers are the finishing touch for a great presentation package!
Tab Dividers Organize and Add Impact to Your Presentation
Corporate Image offers custom printed tab dividers as the finishing touch for 3 ring binders. Options include: laminated tabs with just the tab area printed, or the whole tab sheet for added impact. You can print and laminate both sides.
Complete your Custom Printed Binder with a set of quality printed tabs from Corporate Image. We are your best resource when it comes to finding the right tab style to fit your project and budget. Custom tab dividers from Corporate Image are an integral part of your presentation package. Not only do they help you organize contents; by matching the printed design, they enhance your project.
Digital printing is an eco-friendly method of producing four-color process tabs. They are best for projects that don’t require full-bleed printing or a PMS match. Printed on sturdy, 110 lb, FSC certified index stock, these tabs have Mylar reinforcing on the tab and binding edge for added strength. Digital printing is the reproduction of digital images on paper using toner rather than liquid inks. Generally intended for “short-run” projects under 1,500 tab sets, it is an economical solution. There is no paper waste and fewer chemicals compared to offset printing. Tab sets can be ready to ship in only five days, so they’re a great option when you need them fast.
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