Print finishes

When considering print finishes for a project, it’s likely you’re going to come across different and sometimes confusing words. Print Design Australia is here to make sense of what print finishes are available and help you select the right one, depending on your project.

Print finishes – what the fancy words mean

Perfect binding – a widely used method of binding a book, where the pages are glued together at the spine with a strong adhesive. Common for larger publications or books.

Stitching – otherwise known as saddle stitching, is another method of book binding, where staples are used long the spine to hold pages together. Commonly used for smaller publications or books with fewer pages.

Print die cutting or forme cutting – these are the same thing, and simply mean to cut out individual print pieces in a desired shape. Common on promotional items or folders.

Print laminating – the process of layering one product on top of another to either protect the surface or add a gloss or matt finish. Laminating usually means adding a transparent plastic coating or film to the printed product, and is common in packaging materials.

Drilling – the process of creating holes in paper for storage or decorative reasons. Commonly used for creating paper to store in ring binders.

UV coating – a shiny and durable liquid gloss coating is applied to the printed material and then cured with ultraviolet light.

Embossing – a method of producing a raised image in paper or cardboard by applying pressure over a mould.

These are just some of the print finishes available in the Print Design Australia workshop. Call and chat with us about your next project. Whether it’s printing for schools or commercial printing you need done, our team guarantees you’ll love the finished result.