Below are just some of the finishing processes we can do in-house. If you are looking for varnish and coating effects and information, please visit our printing pages. If you are looking for finishing inspiration, we encourage you to look through our work samples for digital and conventional printing.
The highlight of all of our shop tours is always watching the paper cutter in action. You’re always welcome to come visit, but until then, enjoy.
Collating — the gathering and arranging of individual sheets or other printed components into a predetermined sequence.
Cutting and Trimming — using a sharp blade to reduce a printed piece down to its intended size.
Die-Cutting — blades are formed into a particular shape on a wooden plank and then pressed into a sheet to cut. Follow this link to learn more about letterpress.
Scoring — the process of making a crease in paper so it will fold easier, scoring helps prevent ink from cracking when folded.
Folding — a procedure that bends over a printed piece so that it lies flat upon itself. Our machinery can handle two types of folds, parallel and right angle, which cover a vast majority of jobs. Any other folding is done by hand. Visit our Interactive Folding Guide to see how to set up the different fold types.
Embossing / Debossing — refers to the method of pressing an image into paper to create a three dimensional impression. Embossing results in a raised surface; debossing results in a depressed surface. Follow this link to learn more about letterpress.
Foil Stamping — a specialized process that uses heat and pressure to apply metallic foil to a printed piece. Follow this link to learn more about letterpress.
Perforating — creates a series of very fine holes, usually along a straight line, to allow a portion of the printed piece to be easily detached by hand.
Drilling — creates round holes in paper using a rotating bit, such as the hole patterns needed for sheets and dividers placed into ringed binders.
Binding — binding is a broad term used to describe the gathering and fastening together of separate sheets or signatures. Binding can be as simple as placing a single staple through the corner of a set of documents. To learn about the different binding types, please visit our Binding Guide.
Sequential Numbering — the printing of unique ascending or descending identification numbers. Frequently used on contracts, invoices, purchase orders, quote forms, checks, raffle tickets, contest entries, or virtually any printed item that needs unique identification.
Padding — applying a flexible adhesive along one edge of a stack of same-sized sheets. The adhesive secures the sheets as a unit, but allows the topmost sheet to be easily removed as needed.
Shrinkwrapping — a packaging method that encloses bundles of printed matter within a transparent plastic film. The application of heat makes the film shrink around the printing to secure it tightly.