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Packaging that creates Excitement

Custom Designed Packaging for an unparalleled first impression!

Printed packaging creates an instant hands-on experience and wow factor that opens doors. Let our in-house package designers work with you to create a striking presentation for your materials and products. Opening your custom box can be as special as unwrapping a gift, presenting your materials with the style and quality that best matches your brand.

Want to see how we do it? Learn more about our in-house product design, see our production facility and meet some of the amazing people that work at Corporate Image in our new video:

No matter what you need, our in-house packaging design team can help you make it come to life

Our custom packaging is designed to present your story in a professional, organized format. Whether you choose a box, a binder or a folder, our knowledgeable staff will be there for every step of the way to ensure you receive exactly the custom product you envisioned!

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Create your own designs

Corporate Image has experience in paperboard, corrugate, and turned edge boxes of all kinds. From telescoping boxes, interlocking tuck-lock closures, or moving parts in pocket folders, we have the experience and knowledge to take your idea and send you a mock-up and template.

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Now that you’ve seen our amazing products online and in video, would you like to see them in person? Or do you need a quote? Simply reach out to us and contact your Sales Rep to talk about how we can help you with your design projects.

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Behind the Scenes of your Print Manufacturer

Corporate Image stands for the love of craft and the beauty of design

As a manufacturer of well designed 3-ring binders, pocket folders and packaging, we believe products should be built to last. We create custom, quality presentation solutions for our clients across a wide range of industries. Our expert team is committed to each and every project from custom product design to shipping to ensure your experience is great and your product exceeds expectations.

We invite you to meet some of Corporate Image’s employees (or better say owners, because Corporate Image is a 100% employee-owned company) and take a virtual tour through our production facility here in Des Moines, Iowa.

Service and Innovation

Our 3 ring binders, pocket folders, boxes and packaging are world-class in quality and design. We engage our entire team to consult on your project, from materials and options, creating templates and mock-ups, all to help make your job easier.

In the past 35 years we have pioneered some of the most sustainable presentation products. Our products have won Best Binder in the World as well as Best Binder in North America four times.

Add Strength to Your Message

We make the strongest binders possible. Our unique construction creates a binder that will not fail at the hinge, which is the weakest point of most binders. Lab tested to 250,000 flexes without failing, these “Eurohinge” binders also allow you opportunities for unique shaped spines including our round back binder. The custom binders are proven to stand the test of use and time.

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Request a Sample

You’ve seen our amazing products online and in video. Unique custom packaging, stunning binders and tab dividers, innovative folders… Would you like to see them in person? Or do you need a quote? Simply reach out to us and contact your Sales Rep to talk about how we can help you with your design projects.

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Amazing marketing and sales sets

Why a one-stop shop is best for multi-piece marketing kits

When you work with different prepress choices, presses, and papers, your colors and images might change. Those unfortunate surprises can easily be avoided if you work with a manufacturer that can produce the full range of your components from custom folders, boxes and 3-ring binders to printed tab dividers and interior pages.

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Corporate Image has the experience and expertise to help you with all your presentation needs. For over 35 years we have created award winning projects for our clients.

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Project management made easy

Project managing, timing, press checks and more can all be condensed to one place, one vendor. That way you will have only one contact person who is perfectly familiar with the whole process, from initial mock-up to final shipping for every piece in your set. Let us help you create an array of amazingly successful materials from turned edge boxes, corrugates, pocket folders, and 3-ring binders so you can concentrate on being a creative genius.

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We offer you our creativity, knowledge, and quality to help you succeed in your business.

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Keep your materials the same across products

We source our papers in order to keep color the same no matter what product you order. From custom printed 3-ring binders, architect folders, pocket folders, and boxes, we can match your color and lamination so your branding is consistent across all your marketing pieces.

Corporate Image also has over 240 different cover materials and colors at our fingertips to help with your project. From different weaves to durable b-cloth, hundreds of colors from super bright to naturals, we have the largest stock of fabric and cover materials for your binders and boxes in the United States.

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Corporate Image: Employee owned, US manufacturer creating the best of custom 3-ring binders, pocket folders, tab dividers, boxes and packaging.


Designing Print for Medical and Healthcare

At one point or another as a designer, you will work with healthcare providers or medical device manufactures.

At Corporate Image, we have worked with many designers and healthcare facilities to develop patient friendly and beautiful information kits.  Whether  you are creating patient information packets and medical supply information kits everyday or for the first time, we would like to share what we see happening in medical information kits.

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Stronger

Your materials should give the confidence of quality. We construct our  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 if you have heavy samples, the binders will stay even and in one piece for as long as you need them.

Printing

No limits. We offer full printing both outside and inside of your binders, pocket folders and boxes.  The quality of the printing is always held our exacting standards, so you always get the best possible outcome.  From full 4 color process, PMS colors, spot UV, and varnishes we have the options you need.

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Lamination

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

Cloth and Fabric

With over 240 cloth options to choose from, your 3-ring binder or box can be unique and stylish. From natural weaves to bright colors, your materials can reflect your values and attention to detail.

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!

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Now is the time to plan your new 2017 marketing materials.

Timing is everything. Now is the time to start thinking about your 2017 marketing and product roll outs!

2017 is coming faster than you think. By starting the planning and preparation phases of designing your 2017 marketing roll out, you can lower your stress levels and get everybody on board for the new product designs.

Whether you are putting together a new flooring product roll out, the new 2017 patient information kits, or a presentation binder for your upcoming investment strategies, we can help you keep your marketing on track.

We help from product design, consulting on finishes and fabrics, samples to test and feel,  and custom templates that will help you set up your art flawlessly.

Flooring Roll outs

Plan those architect sample folders and information kits now to have everything ready to go for your beginning of the year roll outs. As you know, sometimes the 4 and 5 panel architect folders can take longer in designing exactly the right product, as well as in printing and casing. Start now to ensure your new roll outs,from new tile styles, carpeting, glass, and vinyl flooring, are on time and gorgeous!.

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Medical and financial information kits

The Health care and Medical industries are changing all the time. All the new rules that are released each year mean information has to go out to your consumers. Plan ahead with your folders, presentation binders and information kits now, to eliminate the last minute scramble in December!

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Furniture releases

You just finished mopping up after NeoCon 2016, but if you start planning now you can eliminate a lot of the last minute stress of designing your materials. Whether you need a special custom fabric box or 3-ring binder, or a unique way of packaging your information, the Corporate Image team can help you find and design exactly what you need.

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Refresh your brand

Your current pocket folders, boxes and 3-ring binders are great, but it may be time to upgrade and refresh your brand. Considering a new closure or style of presentation? Corporate Image has been creating custom printed marketing materials for years. Our staff are very knowledgeable about all of the options available to you and can help guide your project to make it spectacular.

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Corporate Image: Employee owned, US manufacturer creating the best of custom 3-ring binders, pocket folders, tab dividers, boxes and packaging.


Picking the Best Manufacturer for Custom Printed Binders

We offer you the best quality, range of options, sustainability, and knowledge.

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Corporate Image is an employee owned binder manufacturer, dedicated to your success.

Our 40,000 square-foot plant is dedicated solely to printing and manufacturing superior custom printed binders, tab dividers, folders and custom boxes. Other binder manufacturers outsource printing and other segments of production. By handling entire projects in our controlled environment we are able to produce the outstanding work Corporate Image customers have come to expect.

From our automated CAD system for package design, through Prepress featuring the latest technology, to our spotless pressroom with a 6-color Man Roland press, to our automated case making equipment, we do it all ourselves, which sets us apart from the rest.

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Our plant incorporates many features and concepts found only in the very best facilities in the world. Work flows efficiently from one operation to the next, reflecting the skills and experience of our people, as well as more than 30 years of careful attention to process improvement. The spacious manufacturing area is flooded with natural light from windows lining both sides of the building.

We’re located in the center of the country , at the intersection of Interstates 35 and 80. When it comes to presentation packaging, we are your source from concept to completion.

 

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Samples

 

 


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:

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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.

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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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Why print? People respond to it.

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This is part of our ongoing discussion about print in the modern age. This article is from MPA and talks a bit about how print connects in the mind.

Print engages the mind differently.

Here is an article that suggests that when people read print, they read more carefully, which benefits you with a more focused potential customer.

Everyone in marketing has by now heard of haptic marketing – the idea of appealing to the sense of touch to stimulate areas of the brain that influence decision making (that is the thumbnail description). Print fits that bill. Research has shown the physical act of turning pages results in the brain better encoding the information so you can remember it.

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The article was created by MPA, the association of magazine media, so I don’t claim it is completely unbiased, but there have been many studies out that have had similar results.

Corporate Image is a print manufacturer in Des Moines Iowa. Employee owned, we have manufactured top quality custom 3-ring binders, pocket folders, boxes and packaging for over 35 years.


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


The Best Print Manufacturer in Iowa

Iowa is our home.

Iowa is booming and we are here to help you succeed.

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We lead the industry in innovative design, printing and manufacturing of presentation products that exceed expectations.

We create beautiful and strong 3 ring binders, eco friendly inspiring pocket folders, and custom boxes of all sorts right here in Iowa. With 35 years of packaging experience and 80 years of printing in Iowa, we have the experience to make the process easier.

Innovative company, simple process.

We create custom templates and mock-ups to insure you are getting exactly what you want,and provide exceptional service to take the stress out of printing and manufacturing.

Need inspiration? We can come by and work with your team from brainstorming a project to showing the latest in cutting edge presentation marketing materials.

Our custom products range from

  • Pocket folders (1 pocket, 2 pocket, tri fold, four flap, glueless, custom die cuts and more)
  • 3 Ring Binders (Round or square back, standard, notebook sizes, oblong, portfolio, cloth, printed, wood and custom)
  • Tab dividers and interior information pages (Index tab banks of 2-15, half moon, standard or custom cuts, interior pages for binders – full color or black and white, cut sheets, and more!)
  • Packaging (corrugates, paperboard, rigid boxes, sales boxes, information kits, and an in house packaging design team)

Take a look at a few of the projects we have created recently:

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Let us know how we can help you today!

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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.

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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!


Why print? People respond to it.

print facts - news and discussion on print materials - Corporate Image

This is part of our ongoing discussion about print in the modern age. This article is from MPA and talks a bit about how print connects in the mind.

Print engages the mind differently.

Here is an article that suggests that when people read print, they read more carefully, which benefits you with a more focused potential customer.

Everyone in marketing has by now heard of haptic marketing – the idea of appealing to the sense of touch to stimulate areas of the brain that influence decision making (that is the thumbnail description). Print fits that bill. Research has shown the physical act of turning pages results in the brain better encoding the information so you can remember it.

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The article was created by MPA, the association of magazine media, so I don’t claim it is completely unbiased, but there have been many studies out that have had similar results.

Corporate Image is a print manufacturer in Des Moines Iowa. Employee owned, we have manufactured top quality custom 3-ring binders, pocket folders, boxes and packaging for over 35 years.


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!


Print Facts #2: Spot Colors and 4 color Process

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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.

Spot Colors

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.

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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.

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Bodek and Rhodes created this stunning offset printed 3-ring binder and liner.


Print Facts #1: Submitting (Offset) Print Ready Artwork

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Submitting Print Ready Artwork

These days, a lot of graphic designers are working more with digital formats than offset printing. An offset press offers opportunities that you don’t get in digital yet – from PMS colors to a richer, deeper quality. Think digital photos vs. film if you remember back that far.

In order to ensure your project turns out just like you’ve envisioned it is important that your files are set up correctly for print. While our Prepress Department reviews your files, it makes the process much smoother if they have been set up correctly. So let’s start with the basics!

What is Print-Ready?

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If timing is critical

Make sure you have discussed turnaround times before starting your project and plan your project milestones accordingly so that you can keep everything on schedule. Jobs schedule based on proof approval, so if time is tight and there is a typo… Whoops! Missing your deadline could mean that your run can’t go ahead until the press schedule has an opening. Also, you don’t want to incur any rush charges if they could have been avoided.

Print size matters

One of the most common mistakes made when printing is sending a document that is not high image quality, which, if not corrected before the final run, can result in a printout that is fuzzy and lacking in clarity due to a lack of resolution. It’s important that you create your document the same size. Designing at actual size reduces the margin for error with graphics, fonts and layout once printed. Remember that just because something looks great on your screen could become a disaster when printed in the large format, for which it was intended.

Proof your document thoroughly

Allow yourself plenty of time to thoroughly proof your document for any typographical, punctuation and grammatical errors. One of the easiest ways to review is to print out a copy so you can thoroughly read through it all. Also, if you wrote it, have at least one other person read it over. Really.

Print out a proof to see your artwork

Printing out a proof allows you to see how everything looks when printed. Even though it won’t be to size, it is also a good idea to fold up the proof to mimic your product. It allows you to see ahead of time that everything is laid out correctly, reads the right way, and nothing falls off the print area.

All this will give you a good start in creating that 3 ring binder, pocket folder, box or packaging that your clients need.

Contact Corporate Image to get started. Our staff have the knowledge that can help you get the outstanding presentation product you need and make the process as easy as possible!


See What Happened at the Corporate Image Open House!

Corporate Image Open House

Corporate Image open house box making station

From the fold-your-own-box candy bar (find out who the visual thinkers are!) to the amazing presentations on Neenah Paper, designing with corrugates, and designing for sustainability, our open house was a fun and exciting.

Neenah paper at the Corporate Image(ination) 2015

Neenah Paper offered an inspiring display of papers including folding board for boxes. The range and quality of the Neenah line delighted many of the “paper people” who got very excited about the choices. Doug Grever, of Neenah was kept busy answering questions and talking with people about all of the options.

Corrugate expert Andy Dickman at Corporate Image(ination)corrugated hats - corporate Image open house

Andy Dickman, the man of corrugate packaging, was on hand with many cool projects, advice, and even handed out corrugate cowboy hats – a big favorite.

foodtable     the sam adams corner - Corporate Image

And of course, food. The drink table heavily favored Sam Adams and all of their binders!

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We offered non-stop tours of the production facility, which was running full tilt all evening. Most of the designers had never seen how their projects are made, so there was a lot of excitement at the process. (We’ll post some videos as we get them in).

Thanks to everyone who came, everyone who helped and next time, we hope some of you with schedule conflicts can get here!

 

 


Corporate Image Open House / Design Clinic

OpenHouseInvited    October 15, 3-8pm

Corporate Image(ination) is an event bringing designers from the Midwest, from graphic designers to packaging designers together to talk about designing and manufacturing packaging.

People will be able to go into the plant to see how products are made, attend design clinics, as well as talk to our product designers and staff about presentation product design.

Come talk to  experts in presentation packaging, walk through of our production facility to see your projects being made, and speak with our team about projects you are working on.

Come talk with us! RSVP here!

Come hear expert designers speak:

Neenah Paper

Doug Grever of Neenah paper is giving a talk about Neenah Papers folding board. ”From the first sketch to the final fold, your brand packaging needs to be as premium and perfect as the product within. Neenah Packaging provides collaborative idea generation, personalized and hands-on consultation, and knowledgeable support throughout the packaging process.”

Neenah Paper folding board - Corporate Image

Working in Corrugate

Andy Dickman, a corrugate expert, will be discussing possibilities in corrugate boxes. Understanding the benefits and limits of corrugates can help you plan for your next box project. Learn how corrugate boxes are designed and built and all of the options for customizing corrugates. From full litho wraps with laminates and spot UVs to direct print, corrugates are versatile and strong enough to protect any product.

Custom Corrugated boxes - Corporate Image

Finishing Options in Packaging

Logan Wittmer is speaking about finishing options for printed and cloth covered products. From textured papers to unique cloth, soft touch lamination and spot UV to debossing and foil stamping, Corporate Image offers a range of finishing options for your 3 ring binders, custom boxes and pocket folders.

finishes and alternative fabrics for packaging - Corporate Image

Corporate Image(ination) Open House and Design Clinic

Come by and learn more about packaging designing and have a great time!

When: October 15th, 2015

Where: 1801 Thompson Ave, Des Moines IA 50316

Let us know you are coming! RSVP here!


Combine a Custom 3 Ring Binder and Pocket Folder for More Impact

A 3 Ring Binder and Folder Make a Great Combination

Playworld 3 ring binder and folder - Corporate Image

 

 

 

PlayWorld’s 3 ring binder and pocket folder highlighted their corporate commitment to sustainability as well as their commitment to fun.

 

Corporate Image specializes in helping you make the most of your presentation packaging needs. We are your partner in creating great impressions that make people stop and look at your materials. The bottom line is we want to help you sell more of your products and services in the marketplace.

Combining your marketing efforts into one cohesive set can be cheaper (by doing everything at once) as well as help you look more professional. Perception of your brand can help drive up your sales and repeat business. From architecture and engineering firms, to hospitals, or financial institutions, being seen as trustworthy can make a world of difference.

A pocket folder and binder offer cohesive branding

We produced this folder and binder for secondmarket, which was really stunning because of the ultra violet coating that highlighted their logos. The binder is covered with B-Cloth, which is a poly-cotton blend that looks great and has a durable finish that resists water.

For even better presentations, try combining your custom 3 ring binder and pocket folders!


Corporate Image wins ‘Best Binder in North America’ – again!

In case you wondered if Corporate Image is the premier binder manufacturer in North America, we have just won the Best Binder in North America title for the third time in 4 years.

And we are pretty excited about it!

The 2015 binder winner is very simple: Our 100% post consumer waste binders board with a cherry wood cover and liner. The binder is flush cut, showing the binders board on the edges.

Best Binder in North America cedar wood binder

Simple, but elegant. We released this binder about a month ago, and already it has been used around the US and Canada.

In answer to your questions about the wood 3 ring binders:

Can I customize a wood binder?

Absolutely. These binder look great with foil stamping on them, and it is also possible to laser etch them.

custom wood binder with foil stamping

Is it real wood?

Yes it is – very, very thin wood. The logs used by the mill are sustainably sourced in the United States, and then roll cut into sheets. This wood is not only hand picked, but for every log they plant 10 trees.

the making of a wooden 3 ring binder

What if I only want a few of these?

We can do that.  Go to our Naked Binder site and you can order as few as one!

Is this binder solid wood?

No. The thin wood we use goes over our 100% post consumer waste binders board (the same board used in your hardcover books). What you are getting is real wood cut so thin it wraps like a paper!

What are people using them for?

Popular uses for the wooden binders:

Proposals.

As a proposal binder, these stand out. With foil, laser etching or well designed labels, your proposal will be noticed!

Sample kits.

For manufacturers of furniture, building materials, or other wood related products, presenting your samples in a wooden binder keeps your brand consistent and makes it a joy for your clients to look at your materials.

Just making your office a happier place to work.

Have the classiest office ever. You spend a lot of time in your office, so adding a beautiful 3 ring binder that compliments your design elements is an easy choice.

The wood binder is part of a pattern at Corporate Image of creating the best binders (as well as boxes, folders and a whole lot of other things!) in the world. You can lose the worries and be relaxed in knowing your clients will be happy with the finished products. Add that to our in-house product designers, amazingly knowledgable sales team and you may find that the production of your work is the most enjoyable part of your day!

 


Spot UV for Binders, Folders, and Boxes

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?

Spot-UV-AMD-box-banner

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 above, the spot UV IS the text.  Subtle, but effective.

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!


Using Print to Attract Customers (like Moths to a Flame)

“We gain interested people through our online campaigns. We gain customers when we get our materials in their hands…”

Grab a cup of coffee.  Let’s talk.

Printed binders, folders and boxes

In a world of sensory overload, communicating by touch is the only way to connect emotionally with your customers.

Print is fun for us because it offers so many things just on the production end. From the craft, the smell, the feel of good paper, everyone in our building has a strong connection to our products.

The thing is, that same connection works for you too.

“The sensory aspects of products affect our emotions, memories, perceptions, preferences, choices, and consumption of these products.” Aradhna Krishna

People respond to tactile things. There is a deep need to feel, to touch, that stimulates different parts of the brain than visual stimulation alone. Even if you are a completely online company, the chances are you can gain more clients and customer by having print materials.

Experience enhances information

Perception is an active process.  To “be in touch with” a product, company or person is a primary urge. Our first intelligence is sensory refinement.

Printed materials offer a chance to present your brand quality, strength, and other qualities (eco friendly, glossy, solid, trustworthy) through a second channel. What you say can be backed up through more primal clues that reinforce and strengthen the logical arguments.

Print offers permanence

The sad truth is, people surf and are very distracted online. It is a busy, shifting medium. A well designed print piece creates a more focused, concentrated way to engage your customer’s time and attention.

Once it is read, that 3 ring binder can sit on a shelf for reference. This shelf presence means you are always in front of your audience, even when the power goes out.

Print builds confidence

Whether you are showcasing building products for the contract industry, handing client’s financial information, or providing medical information, the experience, quality and solidity of your marketing materials gives your customers confidence.

 

Corporate Image has been in the business of printing and manufacturing presentation materials for over 30 years. Their products have won awards from Best Binder in the World to GDUSA packaging awards and CMA awards. We specialize in 3-ring binders, pocket folders, presentation binders and boxes of all sorts. Our products are sustainable, recyclable and printed with soy inks.


Using Digital and Offset Printing to the Best Advantage

 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:

  • Big job
  • Specific PMS
  • Metallic inks
  • Spot Varnish or UV

When to use Digital Printing:

  • Shorter runs
  • 4 color process
  • Variable data

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.)

 

digital vs. offset printing explained

 

Not sure what you need for your project? Call us and we can help!


Understanding Paper Weights

 Paper Weights are confusing.

As a print  and binder manufacturer Corporate Image deals in all kinds of paper stocks. Whether we make a printed 3-ring binder, a pocket folder or a cool sales box, paper stocks will vary heavily.

Lets look at this question which you might run into if you want to put a 3-ring binder in a sales box.

Question:  If you have 18 pt. and 100# papers how do those compare?

First off, lets find out what it all means:

Definitions:

  • Basis Weight
    The basis weight of a paper is the designated fixed weight of 500 sheets,
    measured in pounds, in that paper’s basic sheet size.
    It is important to note that the “basic sheet size” is not the same
    for all types of paper. For instance

    • bond or ledger paper sheet size: 17″ x 22″
    • Text, offset or book coated papers: 25″ x 38″
    • Cover stock: 20″ x 26″
  • Caliper
    Caliper refers to the thickness of a sheet of paper expressed
    in thousandth of an inch. This measurement is taken with a micrometer.
    Normally, paper caliper should not have more than a + or – 5% variance
    within a sheet. Generally, the relation between caliper and basis weight ….
    the greater the caliper (the thicker the paper), the greater the paper weight.
  • Equivalent Weight
    While different paper types have different basic sizes,
    papers can still be compared by using equivalent weight.
  • POINTS
    Every POINT=.001 inch
    For Example: 10 pt card = .010in.

Now the question is how those translate.

Up above we were looking at 100# offset text vs 18pt stock.  Actually these are pretty far apart. So as we look down the list, we see that 100# text paper is only about 6pt (listed as caliper on the chart). Much lighter paper, which you would expect.  18pt., as we find out, is a very sturdy stock – useful for strong pocket folders or paperboard boxes. 100# text is great for printing that might wrap your 3 ring binder.

Is this list absolutely, always going to be exactly right? No.  How a paper is made can affect both the caliper and weight. Some papers are denser, but have the same caliper as another paper. But this is a rough guide.

Understanding Paper Weights - Corporate Image

 

Paper weights will always be a bit confusing.  Tag this blog so when you are working on a new design and printers are quoting papers, you can have an easy resource to ensure you know what they are talking about.


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