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.
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.
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:
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.
Get the most design impact for your 3-ring binders with printed liners!
Practical. That is a word people use for 3-ring binders.
Imagine a 3-ring binder that goes beyond practical and becomes a design element, marketing tool and a work of art.
Some of the design issues you are going to run into have nothing to do with the practical thoughts of ring size (how much stuff are you putting in there) or the difference between round and “D” rings. (get binder ring info here!)
Printing your custom binder.
The cover, spine and back cover of your binder are all on one printed sheet. Unlike vinyl slip sheeted or screen printed binders, your artwork is seamless with unmatched quality.
Remember that the spine of a binder is what is seen when it is on a shelf. This is an opportunity to create some visual excitement even when your binder is not in use.
Printing your binder liner (the inside)
If you are working on an offset printed binder, printing the liner is free! This gives you more room to make your statement, add information, and connect with your end user.
Haptic Binders – tactile marketing in just getting started!
Marketing seems to be just discovering the role of touch in our decision making process. With over 240 colors of book fabrics, debossing, UV printing, custom die cuts, soft touch laminations and foil stamping, you have a range of options that make your 3 ring binder tantalizing to touch.
3 ring binder closures
Most 3 ring binders don’t have closures, but there are many ways to keep your information safe and your binder closed when you are not using it. Start with a portfolio binder, which has a flap that comes around to the front cover.
The most common closures are velcro (in white, black or clear) and magnets (square and round in many sizes). Both of these offer secure ways of keeping the covers. Straps are available also.
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!
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:
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!
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?
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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