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GDUSA 2016 InHouse Design Award Winners

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

This year pattern is everything.

Haworth

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

Custom printed cloth 3-ring binders - Corporate Image

custom strong cloth and foil stamped 3-ring binders - corporate Image

Haworth

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

3-ring binder Specs:

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

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

Tucker Advisory Group

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

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custom printed and spot UV 3-ring binders - corporate image

Tucker Advisory Goup

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

Tucker Seminar Kits binder specs

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

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

Natural matte lamination

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

See more of our projects here!


Architect Folders, Sample Folders and really big, big Binders

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

now available in 3, 4 and 5 panels.

 

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Stronger

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

Sit flat construction

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

Printing

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

Lamination

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

Quality

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

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

 

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Contact us to learn more!


How to make a Graphic Designer happy.

A: Make their life easier.

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

Sound familiar?

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

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

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

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

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

For galleries of our work:

3-ring binders          Pocket folders         Tab Dividers          Boxes and Packaging

 


Spot UV – Add excitement to your print pieces

Spot UV – Add excitement to your print pieces

custom portfolio binder with closures

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

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

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

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

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


A Print Manufacturer a Designer Can Love.

We make your life can be easier.

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

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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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Binder inspiration: Cloth and Printed Binders

Keystone Designers binder

Custom cloth, foil and printed binders and tab set

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

 

OUR DIFFERENCE

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

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

Keystone designer mission statement

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

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

custom printed cloth and printed 3-ring binders

 


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

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

Good things to know about 3 ring binder liners:

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

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

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

See more binder projects here!

 


Medical and Pharmacuetical Industries Going Sustianable

We at Corporate Image were excited to see a shift in how industries are viewing their responsibility to their communities and the future.

This article was in GreenBiz.com, talks about Bayer Corp. doing exactly what we have been doing – creating circular supply chains where the components in one product can eventually be used again in another (also known as cradle to cradle design).

Thirty years ago, a U.S. offshoot of German pharmaceutical giant Bayer was just coming to grips with the environmental ills that can accompany production of industrial materials.

The operator of a 270-acre chemical plant in West Virginia, which came to be known as Bayer MaterialScience, was tasked in 1987 with undertaking corrective action to prevent “unacceptable exposure” to carcinogenic contaminants found in soil and water at the site, accordingEnvironmental Protection Agency reports.

But that was then. In September, a newly-independent version of the $12 billion Bayer materials business called Covestro was launched with a goal of pulling off a re-brand with sustainability at the core of 2,000-plus product offerings in industries including transportation, construction, electronics and textiles.

“This is an industry that has a legacy of damage to the environment,” said Covestro Chief Sustainability Officer Richard Northcote. “It’s a bit like, ‘My name’s Richard, and I’m an alcoholic.’ Until you say that, you’re never going to improve, but we are not the same industry we were 50 years ago.”

The opportunity that Covestro sees in prioritizing sustainability is what many predict will be an upheaval in the materials that serve as the basis of the industrialized economy.

With business risks like climate change and supply chain volatility reinforcing the urgency of using raw materials wisely and curbing emissions in the manufacturing process, the concept of a “circular economy” where component parts are cycled back through supply chains is one approach gaining traction.

We applaud Covestro and Bayer for working toward and prioritizing sustainability in their manufacturing!

Read the whole article here.


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.


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 Presentations for Financial Marketing

Upgrade your Presentation materials for your financial products.

Corporate Image specializes in financial presentation materials

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

Pocket Folders

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

 

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

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


3-ring binders

Financial information kits and binders - Corporate Image

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

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

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


Boxes and Marketing Kits

Custom printed boxes for the financial industry - Corporate Image

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

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

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

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


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Sample Folders and Marketing for the Contract Industry

From architectural proposals to building supplies to furniture, get presentation materials as amazing as your products.

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Because good is not good enough.

We believe in aiming high. We deliver excellence from service to finished product. Sustainable papers and board, stronger hinges, innovative designs, and a wide range of finishes combine to help your presentation rise to the top.

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Binders with the strength to perform, and the flexibility to be what you need.

Whether you are showing flooring, tile, glass, carpet, wall covering, windows or the information for your vision, these cased and lined boards are ideal for you. Customize with cloth, print, foil, Spot UV and Varnish and custom window cuts to get the exact look and feel you want, while protecting and showcasing your product.

Our binders and sample books were lab tested to 250,000 flexes, meaning you could use the binder 20 times a day for over 30 years. If your binder is your product catalog, this ensures it looks and works well long after your competition has fallen apart.

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

Custom Portfolio binder Sample kit - Corporate Image

Easily show heavy samples for flooring, siding or tiles. This offers a clean design that is easy to work with at home, or at the office of an interior decorator.

Have a lot of samples? Showcase them in an attractive box.

Corrugate sample cases for architectural and design samples - Corporate ImageCustom printed corrugate sample kits - Corporate ImageA custom box makes an excellent sample presentation. When you have too many options for a binder, a custom corrugate solution can get you exactly what you need. With all the customizing options, your sample kit will have great shelf and desk presence as well as ease of use. Corrugates have a wide range of print options and can be designed to hold almost anything you need them to!

 

Grand Rapids Chair showcased their metal finishes in this concise, well designed box. The magnetic closure added more elegance and a satisfying “click”.

We help you with product design.

Corporate Image understands that your projects are unique and can work with you to find a solution that works for what you make. Our in-house product designers work with your sketches and ideas to create mock-ups and templates. You will know exactly what you are getting before you order.

A sample book can take many forms, and different materials require new solutions. We can help create a beautiful sample book no matter how you want to showcase your products and finishes.

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Not all proposals and sample kits are huge: custom pocket folders and portfolios.

A custom pocket folder can make a memorable impression. Corporate Image offers you options from working with high end printed folders and boxes, to using fabric and specialty papers along with foil and debossing.

From glueless folders, portfolio closures, oblong and standard folders, Corporate Image has the knowledge and range to make your proposal stand out. Need a non-standard folder to fit your materials? Not a problem. Let our product designers help you get it right.

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Architectural firms, building suppliers and the full range of the contract industry from windows to furniture need great materials to get noticed and get jobs. Corporate Image has spent over 30 years building our knowledge, perfecting our skills, and innovating new products to make sure your company looks its best. Let us help you move forward on your next project.

Corporate Image - best of 3-ring binders, pocket folders and boxes!

 


Marketing and Sales Kits for the Contract Industry

From architectural proposals to building supplies, get presentation materials as amazing as your products.

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Because good is not good enough.

We believe in aiming high. We deliver excellence from service to finished product. Sustainable papers and board, stronger hinges, innovative designs, and a wide range of finishes combine to help your presentation rise to the top.

3 ring binders with portfolio closures- Corporate Image

Whether you are showing flooring, tile, glass, carpet, wall covering, windows or the information for your vision, these cased and lined boards are idea for you. Customize with cloth, print, foil, Spot UV and Varnish and custom window cuts to get the exact look and feel you want, while protecting and showcasing your product.

Our binders and sample books were lab tested to 250,000 flexes, meaning you could use the binder 20 times a day for over 30 years. If your binder is your product catalog, this insures it looks and works well long after your competition has fallen apart.

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

Custom Printed Sample kit - Corporate Image

Easily show heavy samples for flooring, siding or tiles. This offers a clean design that is easy to work with at home, or at the office of an interior decorator.

Have a lot of samples? Showcase them in an attractive box

A custom box makes an excellent sample presentation. When you have too many options for a binder, a custom corrugate solutions can get you exactly what you need. With all the customizing options, your sample kit will have great shelf and desk presence as well as ease of use. Corrugates have a wide range of print options and can be designed to hold almost anything you need them to!

Corrugatecustomboxes

We help you with product design

Corporate Image understands that your projects are unique and can work with you to find a solution that works for what you make.Our in-house product designers work with your sketches and ideas to create mock-ups and templates. You will know exactly what you are getting before you order.

A sample book can take many forms, and different materials require new solutions. We can help create a beautiful sample book no matter how you want to showcase your products and finishes.

Corporate Image innovates and delivers exceptional products for you. Let us help you get the support and quality you need for fantastic presentations, and lower stress levels! 


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

Stop juggling vendors and print quality!

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

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

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

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


Custom short run 3 ring binders – New options!

Short run custom printed 3-ring binders 

Quality and Craftsmanship in small quantities.

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Square or Round Spine 3-ring Binders

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

Check out our binder options!

Short Run Binder Sizes

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

Short Run Binder ring sizes:

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

Binder spine options:  

  • Square spines
  • Round Spines New!

Lamination

  • Natural Matte Lamination  (Liner is laminated also)

Printing

  • Cover + Black liner
  • Cover + White liner

Finishing options

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

Quantities

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

Can I get a Portfolio Binder digitally printed?

Not at this point.

How fast will I get my binders

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

 

Can I get tab dividers with that?

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

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Artwork and Design Questions

Submitting your binder Artwork 

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

How small of a typeface can I print?

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

Can I overprint?

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

File Formats Accepted for Artwork

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

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

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

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

Payment and Shipping Questions

Binder Costs

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

White liner   Black Liner

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

qty100:   1″ D Ring           $11.69         $12.17      each

qty 200   1″ D Ring           $8.70           $9.13        each

qty 350   1″ D Ring           $6.96           $7.32        each

Payment options

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

Shipping Options

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

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

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

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


How to Measure a 3-ring Binder ring

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

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

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What are you putting in your 3 ring binder?

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

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

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

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

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

How many sheets of paper does a binder ring hold?

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

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Round rings v. D-ring binders

D-ring binders

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

Round ring binders (O ring)

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

 How to measure a binder ring:

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

 

 

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

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


Naked Binder: a sister company to be proud of.

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

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

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

Hang Tag Designer: Scott Thornton

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

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

 


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

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

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

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

 

Picking the right binder ring.

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

Get the full binder ring size chart here.

How would you like to customize your binder?

Printed binders

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

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

Cloth and custom paper covered binders

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

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

Now to finish your binder.

Finger pulls.

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

Portfolio closures.

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

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

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More custom custbinder options:

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

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

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


Alternatives to the Standard Pocket Folder

Upgrade the Look of Your Current Pocket Folder with a Custom Folder

Every business needs a pocket folder. And Corporate Image produces pocket folders that really stand out. We use heavier paper, provide higher lever of print quality, and finish our folders with film lamination that enhances graphics and adds strength. We offer a wide range of economical standard folders that can be customized to fit your needs. You can select custom paper stocks, foil stamp, emboss, deboss and custom die-cuts. Aqueous coating, varnish and spot UV printing are also available.

In addition to our standard 2 pocket folders, we offer folders with file tabs, folders with expanding pockets, glueless folders with a box pocket and tri-folders. Standard business card cuts and brochure cuts can be added to horizontal folder pockets at no charge.  We have a standard or custom folder to fit every budget and every business.

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Paperboard and Folding Board Packaging

You are working on a packaging project and need to decide on what material you want to make it with. Lets talk options.

Paperboard and Folding Board

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Paperboard is a thick paper-based material. While there is no rigid differentiation between paper and paperboard, paperboard is generally thicker (usually over 0.25 mm, 0.010 in, or 10 points) than paper. According to ISO standards, paperboard is a paper with a grammage above 224 g/m2, but there are exceptions.[1] Paperboard can be single- or multi-ply. Paperboard can be easily cut and formed, is lightweight, and because it is strong, is used in packaging. Another end-use would be graphic printing, such as book and magazine covers or postcards

So is folding board different?

Short answer: No. There are grades of all paperboard, so a Neenah folding board will be a very high grade paperboard that is made not to crack when folded into a box or pocket folder.

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How versatile is a paperboard package or box?

Think origami. Paperboard packaging can be die cut, bent, scored and folded into an amazing array of shapes and sizes. From standard folders, to uniquely folded boxes for luxury packaging and retail applications. Send us a sketch of what you are thinking of and what your are putting in the package and our in-house package designers can help find a way to create it.

On top of the range of shapes and ways of shaping paperboard packaging and boxes and a the full scale of printing options, the paperboard can be combined with cloth or specialty papers to create elegant, unique packaging. With a huge range of cloth (Corporate Image has almost 240 colors in stock) and specialty papers (from faux leathers, quilted, wood grain and many many more) – you can find a way to have your brand stand out. Great with foil stamping or debossing.

 

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For printed paperboard projects, there are no limits. From 4 color process, spot colors, spot UV, foil and varnishes, what ever art you can devise can be printed on paperboard.

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Check out our capabilities and let us help to get started on your packaging project!


Short Run Custom Printed 3-Ring Binders

Short run 3-ring binders:

combine quality and craftsmanship in small quantities.

 

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• What options can I choose from?

• Artwork, Design, Manufacturing Questions

• Payment and Shipping Questions

 

 

Square or Round Spine 3-ring Binders

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

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

 

Options

Short Run Binder Sizes

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

Short Run Digital Binder ring sizes:

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

 

Binder spine options:  

  • Square spines
  • Round Spines

Lamination Types

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

Printing

  • Cover + Black liner
  • Cover + White liner

Quantities

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

Can I get a Portfolio Binder digitally printed?

Not at this point.

How fast will I get my binders

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

Can I get tab dividers with that?

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

 

Artwork and Design Questions

Submitting your binder Artwork 

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

How small of a typeface can I print?

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

Can I overprint?

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

File Formats Accepted for Artwork

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

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

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

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

Payment and Shipping Questions

Binder Costs

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

White liner   Black Liner

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

qty100:   1″ D Ring           $11.69         $12.17      each

qty 200   1″ D Ring           $8.70           $9.13        each

qty 350   1″ D Ring           $6.96           $7.32        each

Payment options

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

Shipping Options

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

the best US binder manufacturer

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

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

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


Happy New Year from Corporate Image

Happy New Year!

We wish you all a safe, happy and adventurous New Year!

Happy New Year from Corporate Image


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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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.

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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!


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