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 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.
We will get calls from people asking what the hole placement is for various rings in binder – from A4 to notebook sized binders.
Until know, we didn’t have a great visual that explain it. Then we found this chart which offers an instant reference for 12 different binder ring configurations. Most of you probably don’t get as excited as we do about these things, but there it is. We were psyched.
Find your binder ring size and the space between the rings is listed on the right:
I have a half sheet notebook binder, and need to punch paper for it. I thumb down until I find “US 3 rings for 51/2 x 81/2″ paper.
There are 3-rings and it says “(2x 2 3/4″)”. This means there are two spaces, 2-3/4″ wide. Since it is a 3 ring set up, set up the middle ring in the center and the other two rings 2-3/4″ our from that and – voilá! – perfectly spaced rings.
The perfect guide for hole placement in 3-ring binders. Carry your copy with you always!
If you need custom 3-ring binders for a conference, meeting or proposal, you know that most of the options out there are slim pickings. Perhaps you could get away with a screened vinyl binder if you had to, but does it really represent your company well?
Now you have an option that not only gives you the quality of image, but the quality of construction that shows the attention to detail and craftsmanship that you put into every aspect of your company.
Custom Digital Binder stats and information:
The Corporate Image digital binder combines all of quality we are known for with the lower quantities you sometimes need. Call today to get samples or more information!
The 2014 How Design Live conference was full of information, visuals and conversation.
While we talked binders, printing, glue-less pocket folders and the finer details of corrugates, the conference had a lot to offer besides shop talk.
We met Dandy Duck, a hard drinking, world traveler if we have ever met one.
We also walked by the finish line for the Boston marathon (Boston Strong!) everyday.
And we have one photo of Jenny nearly getting arrested…
Also, really enjoyed talking to the people at Monadnock Paper, New Leap paper, Feierisen, Johnny Cupcake, Emma and so many more!
Naked Binder is our line of well designed, eco friendly 3-ring binders providing you with an off the shelf option for what you need.
Like Corporate Image’s binders, the Naked Binder lines are strong, well crafted and designed to make a statement. Made from FSC certified 100% post consumer waste board and tested to 250,000 flexes (and that was the bare board binder), these binders offer you a sustainable option for your proposals, office supplies and storage. All of the Naked Binder products are acid neutral, so they will not harm your papers or photos if you are storing over time.
Naked Binder is a sister company of Corporate Image that dovetails with our ideals, production and craftsmanship to offer you a full range of 3-ring binders for what ever your need, from notebook binders to pocket folders.
Naked Binders are perfect for proposals, conferences, meetings, archives or office binders, thees binders are easily labeled, written on, screen printed or even letter pressed if you need them customized.
You just ordered custom 3-ring binders and you are ready to do your marketing – so why are they falling apart when you use them?
Traditionally, 3-ring binders are made sort of like books.
This is where the book comparison ends. In a poorly made 3-ring binder front board, back board and spine board are held together by either a small piece of vinyl, paper or cloth. Other options we are going to discuss involve using one piece of board and wither routing a spine into the board or flexing the spine directly into the whole board.
Vinyl Binders. The Weakest Hinge.
The reason vinyl binders break is simple. Even in the heavy duty vinyl binders (shown here) the hinge, the part of the binder that gets the most stress, is a very small thin piece of vinyl.
With perfect weather conditions, this is a recipe for disaster; when it is cold, left it in the sun or left in fluorescent light vinyl gets brittle. Since most of you are not using your binders in a cave, that means the hinge of the cover is going to fail.
If you get the regular vinyl binders it is good to know that to save money, that vinyl has been getting thinner and thinner for a long time, and so weaker and weaker.
Any binder made this way is going to have problems. Whether the hinge is made of paper, vinyl or some sort of spine tape these will fall apart at the seams.
Routed 3-ring binders. A bit better.
A better construction is a single board construction. One version of this take your board and routs out about half of the board to that the hinge flexes more easily.
While stronger than a vinyl hinge, you are still counting on 1/16th of an inch of recycled paper to hold your cover on. This hinge is still going to fail, but is not so dependent on the weather.
Flexed Single Board Construction. The Strongest 3-ring Binder.
The best and strongest 3-ring binder is made from one piece of board and the hinge is flexed directly into the board – nothing is shaved off or cut, so there are no weaker parts of the binder.
Corporate Image only constructs our 3-ring binders this way to insure sustainability – a binder that breaks before its useful life is over is a waste of resources, money and the time it takes to get another.
We have lab tested our bare board binder to 250,000 flexes without failure. That is 20 uses a day for 34 years. Not bad.
A well made 3 ring binder will not fall apart at the hinges. When you are specing 3-ring binders for your marketing or in-house use keep in mind how they are made. A well made 3-ring binder can save you money since you don’t have to replace them as often and, really, how does it reflect on your company if your marketing materials are held together by duct tape?
Multimedia packaging from Corporate Image can be customized for your project
Packaging your multimedia efficiently, safely and stylishly means exploring new design solutions that can offer your business unparalleled effectiveness. Multimedia packages from Corporate Image include simple CD/DVD sleeves and perforated zip-strip envelope CD/DVD mailers. All are affordable and functional. And because these packages are paper-based, not plastic, they can be printed to coordinate with other collateral such as folders, binders and brochures. If you need to coordinate a CD/DVD holder into a 3 Ring Binder, consider our options for custom binders. Corporations understand the packaging can be just as important as the contents and demand materials that stand out and get noticed.
When image counts, put your best folder or binder forward
You only have one chance to make a good impression and we want to help make it count. Our presentation folders and binders combine your artwork with our superior printing, product design and production processes to deliver products that will stand out and be noticed. Whether you’re communicating your message to students, prospective students, faculty or alumni, an attractive presentation can make the difference between resonating with your audience and being overlooked. Corporate Image makes it easy to create effective presentation materials, starting with our friendly and knowledgeable product specialists. We’ll help you find the best product for your project with the help of our in-house product designer, who can send you a mock-up for your review. Then, to make it easy to submit your artwork, we’ll send you a template in which you can place your art and return to us. After we inspect it, we’ll send you a final proof for approval before we print and produce your job.
Mix and match cloth with full color printing
Corporate Image has one of the largest selections of binding and packaging fabric in North America. We stock 10 varieties of cloth cover materials. This offers over 200 color and texture choices. We also stock bonded leather and acrylic coated paper, as well as organic cotton, and a cotton/linen blend. Our newest cover material is the Verona series, a natural rayon/viscose cloth which comes from Holland in 37 brilliant colors. These fabrics are widely used in Europe for books, binders, packaging and photo books. Cloth may be decorated with debossing or hot foil stamping. Many of Corporate Image‘s cover materials are 100% cotton with aqueous acrylic coatings. All of our fabrics can be found on our parent website LBS.
Why would you choose a cloth 3-ring binder?
By far a cloth binder is the strongest 3-ring binder you will find. Book cloth is made to last, even with constant use, you can find cloth covered books that look great 30-50 years after they were made. With excellent color choices and high durability, a cloth binder can offer you the best value for your brand. If you make a product that lasts (such as Toyota), this binder will reinforce the notion of your brand as a well made, high quality product.
Types of Cloth for your 3-ring binder
You have a range of cloth options from the Verona Naturals, natural cotton-linen cloths to fabrics with a subtle sparkle. No matter what your need, we have you covered – including both leather and faux leathers.
Quality begins with our team
Corporate Image has been delivering quality presentation products for over 30 years to companies, ad agencies and graphic design firms around the United States. We couldn’t have earned our reputation if not for the outstanding team members who help to assure your job is done right. From sales and customer service to prepress and package design to the printing press and production, we are fortunate to have talented and experienced employees like Veronica on our team.
As part of our prepress department, Veronica reviews the client’s artwork for accuracy and to see that the project will print smoothly and at the highest quality level. Veronica’s expertise is one of the things that insures that your Custom 3-ring binder or sample kit job will go smoothly and exceed your expectations.
We are dedicated to creating custom pocket folders, binders and boxes that will stand out in the marketplace and help your company succeed. Call 1-800-247-8194 to speak to a Corporate Image Team Member!
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