In printing, Finishing refers to additional embellishments done to print products, other than just standard printing. Finishing options can occur before the printing comes off the printing press (called inline), but many finishing options occur after the printing comes off the press (called offline).
A lot of printers have a Finishing section, which solely performs a wide variety of embellishing services to enhance either a) The function or b) The appearance of printed products.
Below are some of the more common print finishing services that Jett Print offer:
Collating – the arranging & gathering of individual sheets or other printed sections into a specified sequence. Collating make consistent sets from multiple parts.
Cutting and Trimming – Also called guillotining, this means to cut a printed piece down to its desired finished size. Common examples include cutting excess paper along trim marks, separating pieces that have been printed as multiple images per sheet, or forage trimming, which means trimming the closed edges of a book to create an even edge
Scoring – Also called creasing, this the procedure of making a crease in the paper stock so it folds easier. It can also enhance the appearance of the fold because it gives a regular guideline. Used commonly on card stocks.
Folding – This is a simple one! Folding is a finishing process that folds over a printed piece so that it lays flat upon itself. Folding serves many purposes, most popular being that it can reduce the physical size of a printed product. This allows it to fit into something else – such as an envelope or card. A smaller size can also make certain printed items easier to handle and/or distribute. There are many common folding styles available, the most regularly used ones are gate fold, crash fold, z fold, roll fold.
Laminating – This can also be called Celloglazing, the procedure of adhering a clear plastic film onto a printed stock to protect it against the elements. Laminating also improves durability and can intensify the vibrancy of printed ink colors.
Die-Cutting – uses a thin sharp blade/knife, that has been manufactured into a specific pattern or outline, to cut printed stock into various shapes.
Perforating – a process that makes a series of very fine holes in printed stock, usually along a straight line, to make a portion of the stock easy to tear away neatly without ripping.
Numbering – involves the printing of ascending or descending identification numbers so that each piece has its own unique number. This number can appear in single or multiple positions on the same document. Numbering is essential if you need to reference documents easily & quickly, ie. invoices, tickets, receipts etc.
UV-Coating – Sometimes called a spot UV, or spot gloss, it is a clear-coat applied over printed stocks to improve appearance. This coating is put on in fluid form, then exposed to UV (Ultra-Violet) light which bonds and dries it straight away.
Drilling – Sometimes called hole punching, drilling refers to the process of putting round holes in paper using a drill, very handy for swing tags and things that need to be put in binders.
Embossing / Debossing – This type of finishing involves a method of pressing an image into printed or blank stock to create a three dimensional design. Debossing gives a depressed surface; Embossing gives a raised surface.
Foiling– Foiling is a process that uses pressure & heat to apply a foil to a printed stock. The most common foil colours are gold & silver, but there are many colors available.
Padding – applying a flexible adhesive glue along one edge of a stack of same-sized sheets of paper stock. The adhesive glues the sheets together, but also allows the top sheet to be easily removed/torn off as needed. A fuss free finishing method.
Shrink wrapping – a finishing method which provides packaging that encloses bundles of printed material within a clear plastic film. Heat is applied & makes the film shrink around the printing to secure it tightly. It can provide a layer of protection. Shrink wrapping is a cost-effective way to create convenient portions, which can be easier for handling and distribution of the printed material.
Binding – binding is a widely used term used to describe the gathering and fastening together of separate sheets to form a document. Finishing your documents with Binding can be as simple as putting one staple through the corner of a set of sheets to hold them together. More often than not though binding is referred to the creation of durable books and booklets.
If you have any questions about our Printing Finishing Services, Graphic or Website Design services, please email us. We have the design & printing solutions for any budget and we deliver to anywhere in Australia, including Tweed Coast (Tweed Heads), Gold Coast, Brisbane, Northern Rivers (Byron Bay) & The Sunshine Coast.
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