Print Finishing Services
Sometimes you need a more refined finish to your printed documents. There is a wide range of techniques which has grown over the years due to new technologies emerging. Find out more below.
Finding the right print finish requires expert advice. Different techniques should be applied, depending on the type of product you are creating, the size of the print run, the lifespan of the collateral or the end user’s needs.
A durable piece of internal communications such as a staff handbook, or a client’s product catalogue requires a different finish to a transient seasonal item like an event programme or menu. Reports, or everyday stationery, can be just as important but require a more cost-effective method given the larger quantities. Either way, you can achieve an impressive, professional finish if you pick the right technique.
That’s why we have a range of finishes available. Talk to our experienced team in any Snap centre who will be happy to advise you on any printing job. Learn more below.
Binding is an excellent way of giving your documents a professional feel. It is particularly suited to larger documents that need to be held together like yearly reports or presentation decks or may be required to last a long time like catalogues. Find out more about the Binding service.
We offer a range of binding options. Examples include:
- Hardcover binding is great for cookbooks, yearbooks, photo books, notebooks. Ideal for smaller print runs between 10-250 copies and page counts from 60 – 400
- Perfect Binding is great for catalogues, magazines, corporate profiles, annual reports. Ideal for print runs between 10-250 copies and page counts from 50 – 250
- Saddle Stitching is great for brochures, booklets, newsletters. Ideal for print runs between 10-5000 copies and page counts from 8 – 80
- Wire Binding is a spiral wire spine, great for manuals, notebooks, portfolios. Ideal for print runs between 10-2000 copies and page counts from 16 – 300
- Comb Binding is great for manuals, notebooks, portfolios. Ideal for print runs between 10-2000 copies and page counts from 16 – 300
Trimming alters the shape of large documents. This can be to fit a particular desired document shape or to remove the outer borders of a poster or brochure to ensure the design fills the entirety of the page. No matter how big or small your job is, this ensures your printed collateral has a perfectly cut, smooth edge. There are some design requirements for this kind of finish, that our design team would be happy to help you with.
Examples: to remove crop marks on any document, business cards, posters, brochures, leaflets.
Laminating is the application of a thin, clear plastic casing onto a page. It makes the page a lot more durable and water resistant. Laminating protects it from fingerprints or staining while keeping the information contained (on either side) clearly visible. It is particularly useful for pages that will be displayed on walls such as an health and safety sign, wayfinding or directional signs. It also applies to documents that will be handled a lot like menus or pricing lists.
Examples: safety signage, price lists, access cards, menus, maps.
Embossing is a process by which a part of an image, or type, is raised up from a page, creating a 3D effect, often seen on book covers or letterhead stationery. It can add a professional, well-designed edge to any document. It also adds a tactile premium feel to your marketing collateral. Colour or foil can be added to the raised parts as a decorative feature. Or, it can be “blind embossed”, meaning no colour is added to the raised part at all.
Examples: official documents, business cards, menus.
Foiling is a specialised technique whereby a thin metallic film is added to particular parts, or words, of a document. It adds a classy, premium touch to any document such as business cards or menus. Foiling can be used in conjunction with any of the above finishing techniques. A great way to stand out from your competitors and give you a refined edge indicating a high-value proposition.
Examples: business cards, event invitations, letterhead.