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Format + Finishing


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Standard ISO paper sizes RA + SRA sizes Binding Foiling + Die Stamping Costing + Deliveries + Viable Quantities


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Standard ISO paper sizes

A3 A4 Standard ISO paper sizes

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A1 Standard paper sizes A convenient and efficient means for designers, printers and others involved in printing and publishing to communicate product specifications and keep costs down.

The A series comprises a range of paper sizes that differs from the next size by a factor of either 2 of 1/2. B sizes are intermediate sizes which are rarely or never used. C series sizes are for envelopes that can contain A size stationary; A C4 envelope is ideal for holding a non folded A4 sheet.

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Standard ISO paper sizes

Standard ISO paper sizes

ISO sizes are based on the metric system using the square-root-of-two ratio with format A0 having an area of one square metre. As this does not allow the page height and width to be rounded metric lengths the area of the page has been defined to have a round metric value, which simplifies calculations of the weight of a document (format x number of pages) as paper specified in g/m2.


A

B

SRA

841x1.189mm

1.000x1.414mm 917x1.296mm

860x1.220mm

900x1.280mm

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594x841mm

707x1.000mm

648x917mm

610x860mm

640x900mm

2

420x954mm

500x707mm

458x648mm

430x610mm

450x640mm

3

297x420mm

353x500mm

305x430mm

320x450mm

4

210x297mm

250x353mm

229x324mm

215x305mm

225x320mm

5

148x210mm

176x250mm

162x229mm

152x215mm

160x225mm

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105x148mm

125x176mm

114x162mm

107x152mm

112x160mm

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74x165mm

88x125mm

81x114mm

76x107mm

80x112mm

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52x74mm

62x88mm

57x81mm

53x76mm

56x80mm

RA & SRA sizes

324x458mm

RA and SRA stock sizes are sheets of paper from which A sizes can be cut. Basically untrimmed paper used by printers. They are slightly larger than the A series to allow for grip, trim and bleed.

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RA & SRA sizes

RA

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C


Imperial (North America) Versus Metric (Rest of the world)

Inches do not readily convert, 32 by 42 inches becomes 812.8 by 1066.6mm.

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RA & SRA sizes

RA & SRA sizes

America has retained inches for paper sizes/ Even after metrification, the printing and publishing industry still retains imperial sizes, which they have to convert to metric.


PERFECT

SADDLE STITCHING

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Bind nding

SIDE STITCHING

PUNCHING

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ding

Bin Bindin

Binding (what type?) Any of several bonding processing using stitches, wire, glue or other media to hold together a publication’s pages or sections to form a book, magazine, brochure or other format. The most common binding methods: Perfect/ Pasting Canadian Burst Side stabbing Saddle Stitch

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Folding Folding encompasses a range of different methods for turning a printed sheet into a more compact form or signature. The majority of folding techniques make use of the basic valley and mountain folds to create a series of peaks and troughs.

MOUNTAIN FOLD TRI-FOLD

QUARTER FOLD

DOUBLE GATE FOLD ROLL FOLD

MAP FOLD

7 4-PANEL ACCORDIAN FOLD

DOUBLE PANEL FOLD

MAP FOLD

Folding

3-PANEL GATE FOLD Z-FOLD


Die Stamping is the process includes making cuts in a printed sheet in a configuration that will allow it to be assembled into a functional piece, such as a door hanger, pocket folder, or carton.

Cutting labels and decals from printed paper, but not its backing is called kiss die cutting. Sheets printed this way allow the label or decal to be peeled away from the backing.

Die Stamping

Die Stamping

Die-cutting also includes cuts that enhance a piece’s design appeal, such as die-cutting a holiday greeting card in the shape of a Christmas tree. Dies are typically made from bending metal strips with a sharpened edge into the desired shape and mounting them onto a wooden block.

The metal sharpened edge is higher then the wood like a biscuit cutter for example. Printers often keep common shapes such as pocket folders or table tents.

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Get a quote very early on, before you start the job in the earnest if possible

Costing

The only way you will know you are getting the best price is if you get quotations from all of your printers you could po- items that you did not request, and add tentially use. Spread up all the miscellaneous prices. You them out for compari- might find printers that are not local are son and interpretation. cheaper even with delivery costs. Examine any items that

Costing

“Don’t be concerned They will be interested in what comwith about hurting the petition is quoting and will appreciate feelings of your local your openness “ printers. If there bids are not the lowest, show If you know roughly what things cost them the other bids.This your going to have an advantage over is your excuse for not someone who doesn’t. You don’t want giving them the work. to be paying more then you should for printing as it can be very expensive. If you are working with a client you want to get them a reasonably priced printers as they are more likely to work with you again.

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Delivery+Viable Quantities

Understand viable minimum quantities - It would be noncommercial to use a large book press for a short run of headed notepaper, and equally noncommercial to use a small offset press for 100,000 copies of a magazine.

Delivery+Viable Quantities

Delivery? If you re printing you need to make sure you have a means to get the prints from A to B without damaging the prints. Think about transport and if you are not able to transport the published work how are you going to get the work delivered? Find out what the printers charge.

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Flexography

Flexography

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Flexography

Flexography

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