REQUEST:

Are we proud of our digitally printed binders? Yes we are.

 If you want a beautiful, strong custom 3-ring binder, but need small quantities, do we have an option for you!

This binder for the Des Moines Art Festival (an excellent Arts Festival by the way) was designed by Kayli Kunkel and just came off the line yesterday.  When we got a look at it, we were excited.  When the Art Festival saw it – well lets say they were very pleased:

The Binders look awesome – WOW! Those are really going to have an impact. Thank you so much!

Steven King – executive director

Check them out for yourselves!

a custom digital binder - Corporate Image

des moines arts festival 3-ring binder - Corporate Image

 

2″ D-ring binders

100% recyclable

Digitally printed cover, white liner


Using a 3-ring Binder Template #3: Digital Binders

A digitally printed binder allows you to make your binders in quantities of 50 and up, which is great for proposals, meetings and conference information binders.

There are a few differences in how the artwork is treated and how they need to be submitted that we should discuss.

1. Formats for submitting

2. Corrections to artwork

3. layout

Formats for submitting your artwork:

We ask that your binder art be submitted in PDF format.  This insures that your art doesn’t shift, modify or lose elements when sending us the files.

What is a PDF file? Glad you asked.  We turn to Wikipedia:

Portable Document Format (PDF) is a file format used to present documents in a manner independent of application softwarehardware, and operating systems.[1] Each PDF file encapsulates a complete description of a fixed-layout flat document, including the text, fonts, graphics, and other information needed to display it. In 1991, Adobe Systems co-founderJohn Warnock outlined a system called “Camelot”[2] that evolved into PDF.

Since the art work is encapsulated in one file, what we print is exactly what you designed and sent. How do you find where to output a PDF file? Good question.  In the Adobe design suite you should look where you save your files:

Outputing  PDFs for your digital binder art

Corrections to design / art files

Remember that whole PDF thing?  This means if there is an error when we open your file (art is misplaced in relation to the template, we noticed something mis-spelled… something like that), we will let you know what is wrong and you will need to correct it.

Double check everything before sending files to save time.  Also keep your work files until the job is done.  I am sure you do anyway in case a client calls and needs a later version with some changes, but we still wanted to mention it.

Layout of your Digitally Printed Binder

Turned Edge = The part of the cover that gets folded into the inside of a binder.

Custom Binder - Using a binder template - corporate Image    How to use a custom binder template - Corporate Image This is what it looks like with a white liner

Any artwork that runs to the end of the turn-in should probably not have text that needs to be read, but continues your design into the binder. All text that needs to be read on the cover should be at least 1/8″ away from the “edge of binder” line.  There can be 1/16th of an inch shift of the cover in manufacturing the binder, so if text is too close to the edge there is a possibility it will get lost.

Spine Text

I am going to refer you to How to Use a Binder Template #1 on this one, but wanted to re-iterate: In North America you read a book spine by placing your right ear on your shoulder, in Europe the left ear to shoulder. Check it out to make sure you are right.  We don’t know who your customers are, so can’t second guess you.

This series will continue so keep an eye out and email us your questions to info@corp-image.com.  For the subject “Hey! I have a question!”


Short Run Digital Binders! Beautiful, strong and you can get 50!

Short run, digtially-printed-binders

 

For when you only need 50 or more 3-ring binders but still need all the quality, Corporate Image has developed a solution for you.

Available from 50 binders and up, we have developed a fully cased and lined 3-ring binder combining high quality digital printing and the craftsmanship that Corporate Image is famous for.

The best binders in the world, now at 50+ quantities

Learn more here and on our FAQ page.


Short Run Custom 3-ring Binders – The Best 3-ring Binders at 50+!

Corporate Image is pleased and excited to announce our

all new digital printed 3-ring binders!

Now you can have all the quality, craftsmanship and recyclability but in smaller quantities.

short run custom printed 3-ring binders - Corporate Image

3 Ring Binder Specifications

Fully Cased and lined

Ring Sizes: 3/4″, 1″, 1.5″ and 2″ D-rings

Art Possibilities

Cover: Full coverage, full color

Liner: Choice of white or Black liner

Digitally Printed

Square Spines

Natural Matte lamination

Available in quantities from 50+

Ship 7-10 days from art approval.

 

Don’t forget, Digital Tab Dividers are also available!

 

Full new custom 3-ring binder FAQ page here

 


Do I need a pocket folder, a presentation binder or a 3-ring binder?

How do you decide between a pocket folder, presentation binder or a 3-ring binder?

First off I am going to assume that you know what each of these items are.  (if not, scoot down to the bottom of the post – just don’t tell anyone)

Time to talk to yourself.  If you can answer these questions, it will make your choice easier:

  1. How much paper needs to be put into my presentation?
  2. Are there a lot of variable sheets that get used a lot?
  3. Do I need the paper to be secured (i.e. not fall out ever)?
  4. How long does the marketing material need to last?
  5. Is this resource heavily used?
  6. Do I need shelf presence (does it need make itself known on a bookshelf)?

Get a 3-ring Binder -

if over 220 sheets of paper, it needs to last and or is heavily used.

The more paper you need to use and the more heavily used your information is, I would suggest a 3-ring binder.  The heavier board means it will stand up to abuse better and keep looking great. And also, the weight of all that paper risks pulling a rivet out of a presentation binder.

These are great for proposals – especially in Engineering and Construction – interior design, sample kits, car companies, and a lot of other uses.  Also ideal for conferences and important meetings. Added bonus of branding for quality, sturdiness and design possibilities.

Get a Presentation Binder -

if under 220 sheets of paper, paper needs to be locked in and/or there is some variable paper (presentation binders have pockets too!)

Presentation binders straddle the hardback 3-ring binder and a pocket folder in that they have pockets and a ring.  The paperboard is not as sturdy as a 3-ring binder, so if it is going to be heavily used over a longer period of time – consider going to the 3-ring binder.

Many healthcare information packets use presentation binders for a few reasons: It only gets heavy use for a limited period of time, pockets allow extra information to be easily stored and the rings hold the important information in place.

Get a Pocket Folder -

if you have a smaller amount of paper that may need to be accessed out of order.

Sometimes a pocket folder is the ideal thing.  Great branding possibilities, easy to cary and organizes all of your papers in a flash.

We have seen a lot of these in healthcare and financial information packets, and for anything that just needs to hold less, but important, paper.

 

Definitions!

Pocket Folders

eco friendly Two_Pocket_Folder - Naked BinderPrinted or plain 18pt or 22pt paper with pockets that is folded so the pockets are on the inside. Usually with 1 or 2 pockets that can be horizontal or vertical.  All this brings a huge amount of variations of pocket styles, capacity pockets…

 

 

 

Presentation Binder:

presentation binders - paperboard binders - Corporate ImagePrinted or plain 18pt or 22pt paperboard with or without pockets, folded with a spine that holds a 3-ring mechanism.  Sort of a hybrid between a pocket folder and a binder.

 

 

 

3-ring Binder

custom eco friendly 3-ring binders - Corporate ImageA heavy recycled board (in our case 94pt to 110pt and 100% post consumer waste) that can be bare, wrapped in cloth or printed paper sheets with a 3-ring mechanism to hold various amounts of paper. We case and line our binders like a hardcover book. Why?  So they are the strongest 3-ring binders in the world.


Using a 3-Ring Binder Template #1: Common Errors

Whether you are designing your first 3-ring binder or your 500th, there are a few common errors to watch out for.

3-ring binder template - How to avoid mistakes

 

So here you are with you binder template, ready to start making your art and getting creative on that custom binder. Today we are going to look at three things to watch for that often trip people up.

1. Spine Text : how it reads.

2. Spine Text: Keeping it out of the hinges

3. Rivets: avoiding having a hole in your artwork

Lets see an example:

 

Using a 3-ring binder template

 

Who doesn’t love flying children?  And one of them is mine, so I think this would make a fine binder.

Reading Spine Text: First of all in the U.S., when you read spine text your head tilts to your right.  In Europe, your head tilts to the left.  As your fine manufacturer of binders, we don’t know who your audience is, so we may not question your choice in that but your client might.

Positioning Spine Text: The beginning and end of the spine also includes the hinge, which is pressed into the board.  This is a bad place to have small text as it can be somewhat lost in the flex.  Allow 3/8th to 1/2″ from the end of those lines on the template to insure the safety of your text.

Images that stretch through the hinge look great, color blocks – anything like that – but small text can be hard to read.

Avoiding the rivets: I dropped the rivets out to insure they were more visible, I would not do that in the final artwork. Common errors are when the text on the bottom of the page has a rivet in it or an image has a hole in it.

Using 3-ring binder templates - watching for rivetsSince this image is of my son, I don’t want that rivet too near his head. Generally, he is a good kid.

How this comes up is that the image that you lay down masks the template.  Rivets are easy to forget about if you are not doing this all the time. To solve this problem, go to layers when you are building your art and screen back your art until the template shows more strongly.  Check to insure those rivet are not in awkward places.

Alternately, you can do what I did and fill them (leaving the template layer on top) with a very contrasting color so you just can’t forget them. Since the fill is part of the template, you don’t have to worry about seeing that in your artwork later.

 

 

We will keep our series on Using a 3-Ring Binder Template going to cover a few more common errors. Keep an eye out!


Don’t let your marketing materials be ruled by limitations.

Marketing materials – from in-house information binders to sample kits – say as much about your company as the information in them.

There are a lot of manufacturers and printers out there who can do some things well, but when you start working on your marketing materials you don’t want to be limited by the few things they can do.

Custom Sample Kit for the building industry- Corporate Image

Corporate Image has been making quality marketing and presentation materials for almost 30 years. From 3 ring binders (voted best in the world) to pocket folders, sales boxes, sample kits and tab dividers, Corporate Image has the highest quality and largest range.

Our in house packaging designers can make sure you exceed your expectations.  Need to show 120 tiles? No problem. Window sashes? Sure. Patient information kits? Absolutely.  We can create a solution for your needs or use one of the many hundreds of dies that we already have.

Corporate Image is a green FSC certified printer.  We can spec papers up to 100% post consumer waste and use soy inks.  Our products can all be FSC certified.  If you need a fully eco friendly 3-ring binder or pocket folder we have a range of options for you.

You should not have to settle.

Allow your marketing materials to be as creative and amazing as you are. 


New Design Resource for Custom 3-ring Binders

Are you designing a 3-ring binder for a client or your business? Now you have a resource that covers custom 3-ring binders from binder styles to options.

CI custom printed 3 ring bindersThe more you know about a 3-ring binder and how to customize it, the easier it will be to explain it to your boss, client, or designer.

Well designed binders are beautiful and help boost your brand while organizing your materials. We put together a 3-ring binder resource to make finding the right binder ring, binder materials and styles easier. That way you can concentrate on the award winning designs.

Check out the custom binder resources.  Let us know if we missed anything – we are always looking to make your life easier!

Need to know the difference between a portfolio binder and easel binder or a round back binder?  Deciding on bare board , cloth or a printed 3-ring binder? How eco friendly a three ring binder can I get?  Try 3-ring Binder Styles.

Wondering about what your options for customizing your 3-ring binder?  3-ring Binder Options will have what you need from printing and foil options to the differences in round and D rings.

Know more and look like a genius to your clients!  Check out the 3-ring Binder Design Resource Guide today!


A Liner is a Terrible Thing to Waste

Custom Printed 3 Ring Binder

Because our covers and liners are printed on the same press sheet, there is no additional charge for printing the inside liner. It provides the opportunity to communicate important information that can easily be referred to.

At Corporate Image, we create, print and manufacture the very best printed binders, folders and custom boxes to store, organize and present paper-based communication. When you need to present a quality image for your business, we can help.


No Charge to Print the Binder Liner

Custom Binder LinerPrint on the liner to get the most impact from your custom binder at no extra cost!

When planning your next custom binder project, keep in mind there is no extra charge for 4 color printing on the inside liner. This provides an opportunity to communicate more information or to make a bigger impact with your graphics.

The possibilities are endless. Royal Canin brought the colors around from the cover to the liner to produce an attractive design and reinforcing the target market – people who love and take care of dogs and cats.

To make it easy to place your artwork, Corporate Image will send you a template that shows you exactly where to drop the art, taking out any guesswork. We’ll also send you a proof to check before printing the job, so you know it will be done right.


Show Your True Company Color – Green

 

We help companies promote their environmental commitment with our FSC certification

Corporate Image was created to provide creative environmentally friendly alternatives to vinyl 3 ring binders. We’ve been designing sustainable packaging for more than 30 years. In fact, Corporate Image has used 100% post-consumer waste binders board since our inception.

We created an recyclable alternative to the vinyl binder. It was easy to see that print on paper was far superior to the graphic quality found on vinyl binders. The company was launched with the mission to merge beautiful graphics with environmentally responsible materials. By choosing our printed binders, you elevate your brand and create an attractive packaging system that is truly cradle to cradle.

What’s more is you can communicate your green values to your customers by asking to have the FSC logo printed on your binder. “FSC harnesses market demand to ensure forests are responsibly managed. Because FSC is the gold standard in forest certification, it is the only system supported by groups such as WWF, Sierra Club, Greenpeace, Natural Resources Defense Council and National Wildlife Federation.”

Check out more of our environmentally friendly options such as bare board binders and green solutions.


Medical Companies Turn to Corporate Image for Presentation Packaging Needs

Medical Binder

 

 

 

Marketing kits, presentation binders and custom boxes are popular in the industry

Corporate Image partners with many companies in the medical industry to produce packaging for device manufacturers, hospitals, pharmaceuticals and more. Our binders, folders, marketing kits and boxes are used to store and present information for patients and health care workers, so it is readily available and brands a product or company.

At Corporate Image, we work the Medical and Health care industry in creating better patient information packets, meeting or conference  kits and and staff information folders. With the large quantity of work we have done, we thought we would share with you the ideas and trends that we have seen Medical  information packets.

Patient Information Binders and Pocket Folders

As you know, keeping the patient well informed from entering your health system to treatment options can lower anxiety and help your doctors to counsel patients on their best path forward to healthier, happier lives.

This information has to be clear, well organized and easily search-able.  A small binder is usually enough to present the basics of even complicated treatments with room for follow up and and ongoing regimens.  Tab dividers can make for quick and focused sections as well as adding new information as needed.

The presentation binders have pockets that wrap inside the binder, so if you print only one side of the paper, you still get more artwork/branding on the inside.

 Some Examples:

Creating and Designing for Healthcare and Medical information

The needs of the Medical and Healthcare Industries for patient information packets, folders and binders are unique.

At Corporate Image, we work with a lot with of Medical and Healthcare facilities creating better patient information packets, meeting or conference  kits and and staff information folders. With the large quantity of work we have done, we thought we would share with you the ideas and trends that we have seen Medical  information packets.

Patient Information Binders and Pocket Folders

As you know, keeping the patient well informed from entering your health system to treatment options can lower anxiety and help your doctors to counsel patients on their best path forward to healthier, happier lives.

This information has to be clear, well organized and easily search-able.  A small binder is usually enough to present the basics of even complicated treatments with room for follow up and and ongoing regimens.  Tab dividers can make for quick and focused sections as well as adding new information as needed.

Doctor Information binders – Medical Devices, Information and Pharmaceutical binders

Information on the latest and greatest in medicine can also be packaged for ease of use as well as easy finding and storage. We all know doctors, nurses and administrators get extremely busy.  Providing information that is already stored, clearly marked and with interesting branding helps keep everything top of mind, so when someone needs the information is can be found immediately.

Go here for more information and examples of healthcare and medical information materials.


Ways to Customize A 3-ring Binder – Offset Printing

What are the options for a custom 3-ring binder?  Let us give you some ideas.

It is not everyday that you are asked to design a custom three ring binder for your company or a client. So, Assuming you want something that looks good, is non-toxic and lasts, where do you start?

Not a problem. Corporate Image can review the design and material options for your consideration. We are writing a series of blogs to let you know your options as well as a environmental review to help make important decisions about your custom binder and the relative environmental properties and recyclability.

Offset Printing

The most cost effective option in customizing a medium to large number of binders.  Easy to produce, clear templates and lots and lots of room to craft a message and look for your client.

Offset printing with full color graphics on the cover and liner is popular in part because the design possibilities are endless with the combination of 4-color process and Pantone Matching (PMS) colors. It is possible to combine photographs, graphics, line art and logos to create a stunning informational marketing product. The design real estate is huge, with full coverage on the front and back covers, spine and liner. As the binder is opened the inside liner provides a full landscape for added images and branding. As an added bonus, offset printing is also one of the most cost effective options for large volumes.
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Environmental Considerations: Offset printed binders are 100% recyclable along with other paper. Simply separate the steel rings from the binder cover and recycle accordingly. Corporate Image offers two styles of offset printed binders, Flush-cut and Turned-edge.

The flush-cut binder is printed up to the edge of the cover and liner. However, the edges of the binder show raw board. The flush cut binder is made with up to 95% recycled materials and is 100% recyclable.

The turned-edge binder is made like a book – fully cased and lined.

Both styles can be protected with a lamination which is inert and non-toxic. It can be put into the recycling with the rest of the binder. The lamination will get separated from the paper in the recycling process and be recycled itself.


The Bare Board Custom Binder

Custom Bare Board Binder

Foil stamping on custom binders has never looked so good.

Corporate Image offers the most versatile selection of binders available. Want to stand out? Select a bare board binder and foil stamp your logo. It’s simple, attractive and effective when it comes to making an impression. It starts with being

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