We offer a range of options for every sort of document.
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In addition to document binding Hillside offers a range of general and custom bindery and finishing services.
If you have any questions about binding or printing give us a call.
We will be happy to help in any way we can.
Certain binding types are more suited to the function and objectives of certain types of publications
depending on whether you want hands-free useability, creative flexibility in paper options, or a printable spines for shelf access.
The relative advantages of the various available binding types are outlined below.
No matter what type of document you are publishing, Hillside can accommodate your printing and binding needs.
If you have any questions please give us a call. A knowledgeable staff member is waiting by the phone.
Staple binding or "saddle stitching" is done by draping folded, stacked, sheets over a saddle-like conveyor which feeds the document into the "stitcher". The two-page sheets are stapled through the crease from the outside and clinched in the fold of the center spread.
For example a booklet with a finished page size of 8.5 x 11 inches is made up of 11 x 17 sheets folded in half and nested one inside the other so each 11 x 17 sheet creates four pages of the book. For this reason saddle stitching requires the book's page count be in multiples of four.
When designing a book intended for saddle stitching, it is important to allow enough margin to avoid content appearing too deep in the "gutter" at the inside bound edge of the pages or too close to the outside or trimmed edge of the page.
Saddle Stitching is not recommended for binding any more than 64 pages.
Square spine stitching or side stitching is an economical alternative for magazines and periodicals exceeding 48 pages.
This option has the advantage of a printable spine in thicker volumes and also that the magazine lies flatter compared to perfect binding for hands-free usage; handy for cookbooks or reference manuals.
Paperback books and magazines are common applications for Perfect Binding. The spine is glued and can be printed. The result is visually pleasing with easy bookshelf access and stackability.
Perfect Binding is a less expensive alternative to Hard Cover Binding (although obviously not as sturdy). Also great for brochures and event programs.
The ideal choice for any practical manual or cookbook, Plastic Spiral Binding is durable, and promotes ease of use for hands-free, practical applications.
Consider the advantage of having one page opened at a time; This takes up less space, and makes it very easy to reference while working or cooking.
Spiral Binding is available in numerous colours, adding personality and pop to your publication.
Wire binding is much like Spiral except it has a small opening in its C-shaped construction instead of a completely closed loop.
Page turning is a little less fluid, but Wire Binding is still a very popular and attractive option for binding manuals and cookbooks.
Die Cutting is the cutting of a shape from a flat sheet of paper card or other material using a sharp-edged metal cutting tool called a "die".
Generally a die is made from a length of hardened steel, known as steel rule held in place by slot cut into a sheet of high density plywood. The die is fixed to a platen press which is used to press the die into a sheet of paper or card. Some dies are made to score (crease), perforate and cut the material in the same operation.
The amount of pressure can be very accurately controlled so that, for example, adhesive backed paper or vinyl stock used for stickers can be kiss cut so that only the sticker material is cut leaving the backing material in tact.
At Hillside Printing we have dies in stock for many common products, including presentation folders, door hangers, report cover windows, cd cases, etc. Using an "in stock" die from our inventory will save you time and money. Call us for a list of the dies we have in stock so you can fit your design to an existing die.
To create a new die for your project just send us a digital dieline indicating cut and scoring lines, and perforating positions. The cost of dies vary depending upon the complexity of the cut but you should expect a minimum cost of around $130 for a basic shape. Fortunately, your die is reusable many times over. (But not indefinitely). We typically store dies for our clients so they are on hand the next time the job is produced.
If you only require a small volume of die-cut products, we have a laser cutting machine which is an attractive alternative to a steel die as very complex designs are well within the laser's capabilities. An .ai vector file is required to drive the laser.
Highlight your stationery and paper-based products with hot foil stamping.
There are a variety of foil colours and finishes available to suit various tastes and applications. Holographic, silver and gold are just a few!
A metal die is produced, cast from the digital file provided by our clients. This die is reusable many times over (but not indefinitely) . Many of our clients have us store their dies for future use.
We can emboss with or without printed graphics colouring your embossed area:
Add dimension and pop to your branding with embossed logos or designs. Embossing adds a dimension to your paper-based products or marketing materials that'll make you stand out from the crowd.
We'll create a metal die from your design and impress it into your paper products. Embossed designs can be achieved on anything from standard paper (e.g. stationery) to heavy cardstock packaging (e.g. cardboard gift box).
Consider combining your embossed designs with foil stamping for extra pop and shine:
Note! While one side is embossed the other is debossed so be careful with your design on the back of the card!
Blind embossing refers to design where the embossed area is not printed; the embossing defines the image.
Blind embossing gives a more understated, chic look. But consider how detailed your image is before choosing the blind embossing option as some fine detail might not work well.