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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Product FAQs

  • What material choices are available for casemade binder covers?
  • Paper, cloth or leather.
  • What is a European Hinged Binder?
  • A European Hinged binder is defined based on the shape of the spine, formed by compressing board with a mechanical hinger. The 3 types of spines available are: Flat, Semi and Round Back. Euro-hinged binders are popular because 4-color process artwork can run across the spine hinges with no interruption to graphics. They are built with one piece of board that increases durability.
  • What do you measure to determine the capacity of a round ring?
  • Measure horizontally across the inside diameter of the metal ring.
  • What do you measure to determine the capacity of an angle D ring?
  • Measure along the straight edge of the metal ring from just before and just after the curve.
  • What do you measure to determine the capacity of a D ring?
  • Measure along the straight edge of the metal ring from just before and just after the curve.
  • What is the term used when measuring the thickness of vinyl and other materials.
  • Gauge.
  • What is the term used in measuring board thickness?
  • Point.

Art & Printing FAQs

  • What are screen tints or halftones?
  • Screen tints and halftones are ways of creating many shades of color form a single ink color. This is achieved by breaking down artwork into dots of varying size. The term “screen tint” is generally used in reference to solid and graduated percentages of color. “Halftone” is generally used in reference to grayscale images such as photographs.
  • How many lines per inch do you use for screen printing?
  • Our standard line screen is 65 LPI (lines per inch). When printing small areas of halftones with fine detail, we may choose to use a higher LPI line screen in order to preserve detail.
  • How many lines per inch do you use for offset/litho printed products?
  • 150 LPI.
  • What screen percentages do you recommend for solid tints and gradients in screen printing?
  • We recommend solid tints between 15% and 85% and gradients between 5% and 95%.
  • Why do you recommend against screen printing large panels of screen tints?
  • In the process of screen printing, specks and flaws in printing large panels are easily visible. In some cases we recommend printing an additional lighter shade of the same solid color.
  • What is a bleed?
  • A bleed is when artwork or printing falls off the edge of the finished product. In the case of binders, artwork through the spine hinges is also considered a bleed. A bleed requires printing on oversize material and then trimming, welding, or wrapping afterwards.
  • How much bleed do I need?
  • 5/16” for vinyl binders, 5/8” for casemade/turned edge products, and 1/8” for paper prints. Refer to product templates for specifications.

Production FAQs

  • What is a casemade binder?
  • Sometimes called a turned-edge or casebound binder, casemade binders are constructed from a non-vinyl cover material that is then wrapped around and glued to a board.
  • How is a vinyl binder made?
  • Vinyl binders are made using vinyl material surrounding a board placed in between the cover and liner materials. The vinyl is then heat-sealed with special dies in a dielectric machine, which uses heat and radio frequency waves to form a seal. This process requires no gluing.
  • What is the main difference between casemade and vinyl binders?
  • Casemade binders are generally made with a paper, cloth, leather, or canvas outer material that is glued to an unfinished board. The outer material wraps around the board edges, which is then covered by a liner glued to inside of the board. Vinyl binders have boards that are completely surrounded by vinyl, which is heat-sealed by a process that does not require glue.
  • What is a poly binder?
  • Poly binders are made with a hard plastic type material called polyethylene. The binders are made by die-cutting the shape of the binder and then scoring the spine hinges to create a backbone. Poly binders are extremely durable and can withstand high temperatures.
  • What binder decoration options are available?
  • Many decorative options are available, including screen-print, foil stamp, stamp/deboss, blind deboss, appliqué, offset/litho printing, and digital printing. Not all of these processes are suitable for every project, so check with the creative team at Binders.com to see which techniques best fit your needs.
  • What casemade binder decoration options are available?
  • Casemade binders have the following decoration options: screen print, foil stamp, stamp/deboss, blind deboss, offset/litho, digital printing.
  • What vinyl binder decoration options are available?
  • Vinyl binders have the following decoration options: screen print, foil stamp, stamp/deboss, blind deboss, offset/litho, digital printing (clear overlays), appliqué, appliqué entrapments.