Category Archives: Binding

Face your page right into the gutter

A couple more printing terms to brighten your day. Facing pages are pages that do just that, face each other. Page four and five face each other. Facing pages are also called Spreads or Readers Spreads. None of these are to be confused with Printers Spreads. Printers Spreads are a very different animal. Printer Spreads are how documents are built. Take a look at a newsletter or booklet that is folded and stapled down the center. The front cover and the back cover are printed on the same sheet of paper. The inside cover and the back inside cover are printed on the other side of the front and back cover. The entire booklet/newsletter is done this way. When a document is being built this way it is called imposing. It is very confusing trying to keep track of page order, which is why most printers rather do it for you. They are much better at it. The gutter is easy. The gutter is where the pages meet at the centerfold. The thing to know about gutters is to make sure they are wide enough so the type from a thick book doesn’t end up in the gutter. A sad thing that is, when good type goes into the gutter.


Sailing over the bounding main

Bounding, binding as in documents. There a all sorts of ways to build a book. But what kind of document gets bound? Typically, things like training manuals, annual reports, user guides and presentations. What type of binding depends on your budget, size of the document and how fancy you want to go. Here’s a brief overview of six types of binding:




  1. Plastic comb–Like a plastic spiral. It will open to lay flat and will hold 12 to 425 sheets of 20 lb paper.
  2. Perfect bind–stacked sheets with a glued tape bind. It will store flat and is stackable.
  3. Velo bind–metal strip front and back. Usually punched with 3 to 4 holes, held together with prongs and holds 1 to 3 inches of paper.
  4. Coil–wire or plastic. It will open to lay flat and the pages can be flipped back. Coil binding can hold 20- 230 sheets of 20 lb paper.
  5. Loop wire–Very much like above except each wire is loop rather than a single wire spiraled. It too will lay flat and pages will flip back. It will hold 20 to 200 sheets of 20 lb paper.
  6. Saddle stitch–the most common. Folded sheets of paper stapled down the middle. This type of binding will hold up to 40 sheets of 20 lb paper. Saddle stitch books are always in multiples of four pages.