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How to Choose the Best Binding for Your Project (Infographic)

By , May 10, 2017

At Conlin's we offer over eight types of binding to finish your printed projects. Each type of binding has it's own unique features, and choosing the best one for you depends largely on the project. There are several important factors to consider when selecting binding for your booklets, including:

- What is the purpose of the project?
- Does it need a professional finish, or it is going to be used internally?
- How long will the piece be used for? Does it need a durable binding?

Read on for info on each binding type, plus tips for making the final decision:

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Coil Binding

A plastic coil holds together the pages of your coil-bound book. One of the major benefits of coil binding is that the finished product will lay flat on any page. You can also use tabs to further organize your book.

This binding type is a common choice for reference materials, training manuals, calendars, cookbooks, and notebooks.

Saddle Stitch Booklet

Saddle Stitch booklets are held together with staples along the fold. This is a common choice because of how cost-effective and quick they are to print. Conlin’s offers square saddle stitch booklets that have lay-flat capabilities.

Pages are printed as two-page spreads, which means that to final number of pages in this booklet must be divisible by four. A 16-page, 24-page, or 32-page booklet will work. If you try to print 14 pages, you’ll end up with two blanks in the final book.

Because of the way that the spreads are printed, your InDesign document needs to be set up to ensure that your pages print in the correct order.

GBC Comb

The plastic GBC comb is similar to coil binding, except that it’s easier to add or remove pages. And like the coil binding, it comes with lay-flat capabilities. Keep in mind that this binding type is the least durable, so it’s great for business documents, presentations, or training manuals, but not so great for books or items that will need to be used long-term.

Perfect Binding

Our perfect bound books are held together with PUR glue. This durable binding provides the most professional look, which is commonly used for paperback books. We can print on the spine of perfect bound books, which will allow you to identify them when they are side by side on a bookshelf.

3-Ring Binder

For documents that are subject to change, nothing beats a 3-ring binder. They are durable, you can use tabs, and it’s super easy to add and remove pages. Conlin’s can customize your binder with your company’s branding to take it to the next level.

Velo Binding

Velo binding is durable and secure. Adding or removing pages is difficult, and it does not lay flat. This binding type is commonly used for legal briefs, technical or financial documents, audit reports, or manuals.

Wiro Binding

Wiro binding is similar in appearance to coil binding. It lays flat on any page and is super durable. The major difference between the two is their appearance. Wiro has a bit more of a classic look than coil binding. When choosing between the two, it’s really up to preference.

Final Thoughts

  • If you are creating a workbook or something that needs to be written in, opt for a binding type that lays flat.
  • If you’re creating something that’s for one time use only, you can pick something that’s cheap and less durable, such as GBC comb.
  • If your document needs to be updated frequently, pick something easy to add and remove pages from (like a 3-ring binder or GBC comb).
  • Saddle stitch booklets are professional and cost-effective, but the page count must always be divisible by 4.
  • PUR binding is the most durable and professional, and it’s the best option for books.

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Jaime is a Brand & Identity Designer and Creative Director. She has over fifteen years of professional hands-on experience as a graphic designer, creating, establishing, and maintaining social, corporate, non-profit, and lifestyle brands through print, digital, and user experience. She's also a wife, mom, foodie, and music lover!

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