Folding

We can handle all of your folding needs, from simple card folds to complex oblong folded brochures. Be sure to see our Folding Guide for more information on folding options.

  • Tri-fold
  • Barrel / Roll Fold
  • Gate Fold
  • Accordian Fold
  • Map / Poster Fold
  • Parallel Fold
  • Always make a physical mock-up of your piece and provide it to us upon submission of an order.
  • Depending on the thickness of the paper, we may need to score the folding line before folding to prevent cracking.
  • It is recommended to avoid having dense ink coverage on top of a fold.

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Die Cutting

Die-cutting is a press operation that can be combined with scoring and perforating. A die-cutting rule is made of metal strips that are bent to the desired shape. The dies are pressed into the paper to cut it. Die cutting can be as simple as a business card slit and as complex as a packaging template.

  • Contact us to discuss available pre-made dies. We can furnish Adobe Illustrator files of the dies to incorporate in your layout.
  • Try to avoid tight angles and tiny bends.

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Embossing

Embossing and debossing add a tactile dimension to a printed piece. A metal plate containing an image in relief is pressed into paper. Using heat, pressure and the embossing die, the paper is molded to form a raised image (or debossing yields a lowered image).

  • Levels: Single, Multi or Sculpted
  • Image Depth
  • Shape of Edge: Flat, Round or Bevelled
  • Type size, style and spacing should be increased to compensate for the added dimension.
  • Type should be bold without any pointed or small serifs.
  • Rules should be at least two points thick.

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Foil Stamping

Foil stamping is a method of printing in which a heated plate or die presses a thin layer of color onto the paper’s surface. Foils can produce an extremely reflective effect with saturated color, but are also available in dull finishes and subtle colors.

  • Glossy
  • Dull
  • Metallic
  • Pearl
  • Patterns
  • Grains
  • Foils tend to fill in across narrow spaces so avoid fine type and tight kerning
  • Foil stamping is best suited for text and cover papers and the heavier, the better.
  • Coated papers are rarely stamped because gases may get trapped and bubble between the coating and the foil.

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