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Print Specification

If you have an idea that you would like to consider having printed professionally, then this page may help you find what you are looking for.

Design Ideas

If you want something designed you should consider the following things:

Print and Finishing Ideas

Assuming you have finalised the colour use and size of the job during the design stage, you must now choose what paper to use. Please see our Paper Guide for this.

The next consideration is folding, is it a leaflet? Or if it is a booklet, how would you like it bound?


If the job is folded then we can fold 12 parallel folds to create 13 panels, we can roll fold 6 times or cross fold multiple times with up to 3 fold direction changes. All this is dependant on paper thickness and final finished size. Some folds will not be possible on all stocks.

Saddle Stitching (staple binding)

If your job is a booklet or book (hard or soft back) there are two main methods we can use to bind it. The first and more common method is the cost effective stapling twice through the fold; this is known as saddle stitching. It is not expensive and looks nice and professional. It is however limited by the number of sheets, which can be simultaneously folded and collated. The thickness limit is dependent on the weight of the sheets multiplied by the number of pages. A general maximum is around 7mm thick for a finished folded booklet (this could contain over 80 pages if the paper is reasonably thin). More pages are possible but generally we would use perfect binding (see below).

Perfect Binding

If your page count is larger, the other binding method is the one used to bind most books. This is known as perfect binding (or PUR binding), where the book is bound with a square edged spine using clear glue. This is then wrapped by a softback cover, usually on a thicker stock than the text pages (up to 350gsm). Please note, PUR binding is the same as perfect binding; it just means with a stronger glue so the book lasts longer. We only operate PUR binding at Falkland Press.

Die Cutting

Can be performed to any shape and size you require. This may include shaped labels, hanging tags, presentation folders, packaging cartons, etc. We offer digital die-cutting which does not require a cutting die, so allows greater flexibility and cost savings.

Laser Cutting

An easy process that creates stunningly unique results. An ideal accompaniment to personalised digital jobs, business cards, packaging and anything else you wish to create. Laser cutting can produce far more accurate and intricate results than the traditional die cutting process so no need to hold back on the intricacy of your design!

Foil Blocking

This is a method of using very shiny metallic foils instead of inks or more often than not, combined with inks. It is also known as gold leaf printing, hot foiling or hot stamping. Commonly used on invitations, book/brochure covers and packaging.


This is a raised effect that is stamped into the paper/card and gives a 3D effect to the substrate. Debossing is the same but in reverse giving a recessed effect.

Please enquire for more information on setting up artwork for foiling and embossing.

Coatings and Special Effects

Please see our Coatings and Effects guide.