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What are the different types of paper folding methods?

The are a number of standard folding types used in the printing industry. These are illustrated below. Of course, there are many more than we show here. If you have a question about a standard or special fold, please use the Contact link in the main navigation menu above.


Standard Commercial Printing Paper Folding Methods

None
None
Half Fold
Half Fold
Tri-Fold
Tri-Fold
Z-Fold
Z-Fold
Gate Fold Open
Gate Fold Open
4-Panel Fold Parallel Fold
4-Panel Fold Parallel Fold
Quarter Fold
Quarter Fold

What are the types of bindery?

There are a variety of binding methods that can be used for combining separate pages into a finished document. The type of binding may be limited by the paper size and number of pages to be bound. The images below illustrate some of the more popular binding methods used in the printing industry. If you have questions about these or other binding methods, please call us @ (562) 924-2535 or use the "Contact Us" page.


Binding Illustrations

Corner Staple Binding
Corner Staple Binding

The most economical binding method, a staple is used in the corner to attached pages together.

Side Staple Binding
Side Staple Binding

This inexpensive method binds pages using two staples placed along the side. Suitable for 50 pages or less, there is no printable spine with this option.

Saddle Stich Binding
Saddle Stich Binding

This inexpensive method binds pages using two staples placed along a folded edge. Suitable for 60 pages or less, there is no printable spine with this option.

Coil Binding
Coil Binding

A round plastic coil is wound through the pages to hold them together. Pages bound this way can be opened 360 degrees and can remain flat when open. Available in a variety of colors.

Wire Binding
Wire Binding

Also known as twin-loop or double-loop binding. A wire is threaded through small holes in the edge of the paper. The result is very similar in look and function to coil binding. Available in a variety of colors.

GBC
GBC

This method well uses a plastic "comb" that wraps through rectangular holes in the edge of the pages. The plastic comb forms a spine that covers the edge of the pages and is available in a variety of colors.

Perfect Binding
Perfect Binding

A thick paper cover wraps around the pages and is glued to the spine. The cover forms the front, spine and back. Popular for paperback and softcover books, this method results in a professional appearance. Suitable for most book types and sizes.

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