Newest Articles for Printing - 4

What Are Color Seperations

Color Separations are artwork and photographs that are split into their component colors so that each component color can be imaged onto its own printing plates. Each of these plates contains one of the four following colors: cyan, magenta, yellow, and black (CMYK). As the paper is run through a printing press these component colors are reassembled into a reproduction of the intended image. By mixing these colors, printers are able to create almost every color imaginable.

Submitted by Printing America Staff on Thursday, January 27th, 2011

How To Add A Bleed | Printing

Every job that you send to a printer needs to have a bleed. The way the printing process works is the sheets are printed and then cut down to final size. If there is no bleed and the piece is cut to size you can have pieces with an unintended slight white border. Adding bleed eliminates that white border because it stretches the image past the area that is being cut.

Submitted by Printing America Staff on Thursday, January 27th, 2011

What Are Bleeds | Printing

Bleeds are when printing images and graphics that extend beyond the intended trim edge of the page or piece. Printing presses, much like your printer at home, can't print all the way to the edge of a sheet of paper. However, most jobs require the piece to look like it's printed all the way to the edge. The way this is accomplished is by printing the material on a larger sheet of paper and trimming it to size. When the final piece is done it looks like it was printed to fit the final trimmed size of the paper.

Submitted by Printing America Staff on Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Double Loop Binding

Double loop binding is the process of using a series of double wire loops from a continuous pre-formed wire. The loops of wire are held open by a machine to allow the pages to be inserted over the loops. Double loop wire binding is more expensive than plastic combs or spiral binding but it's worth it in the long run because double loops are more durable and professional. Below are the standard sizes of wire typically used for double loop binding.

Submitted by Printing America Staff on Monday, January 3rd, 2011

Perfect Binding

Perfect Binding is the most commonly used binding method and is used on everything from phone books to magazines. When something is perfect bound all of the pages are gathered together, stacked and then the binding edge is covered in glue. Once that happens a cover that wraps around the glued spine is attached to the book to finish up the process. To create the best bond the paper grains must run parallel with the spine of the book otherwise the binding won’t be as strong.

Submitted by Printing America Staff on Monday, January 3rd, 2011