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Perfect Bound Book Printing

Perfect Bound Book Printing

Blog | Perfect Binding Books

Book Printing Companies in Chicago

Perfect Bound Book Printing is the widely used process used for creating paperbacks, graphic novels, photo books, magazines, and manuals. Perfect bound books are also called ‘soft cover books’. You’ll find these books everywhere – including drug stores, airports, libraries, and bookshops. When compared to hardcover (casebound) books, perfect bound books are less expensive and easier to produce. Perfect binding offers professional book printing that’s durable, economical, and produced quickly.

Perfect Bound Book Binding

A digital file containing the fonts, body text and images is sent to the pre-press department for review. Next, a pre-press professional examines the file and makes any corrections necessary prior to printing. Once the file is ready, a digital proof is sent to the client for approval. After approval, the file is sent to the press department and scheduled for printing. After the books (and covers) are printed, the books are ready for binding.

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The pages of the book are cut at the spine using a milling blade to prepare it for binding. Once the spine is cut, a hot glue gets applied to the pages. Next, the cover is glued to the pages along the spine. After the glue has dried, the remaining three sides of the book are trimmed. This results in a finished book with “perfect” edges, hence the name “perfect bound.” The process of binding pages using glue is the same for perfect bound magazine printing.

Perfect bound books are often made using digital printing for short-runs. These books are a great solution for new authors, self-publishers, photographers (coffee table books), illustrators (graphic novels), corporations (manuals & guides), and merchants (product catalogs). Another benefit of printing perfect bound books is the ability to print on the spine. You can include the book title, author, or any other pertinent information such as the ISBN or your website URL.


Some benefits of perfect bound books are:

  • Cost Effective
  • Fast Turn-Around Times
  • Weigh Less, Takes up Less Room
  • Customizable Full-Color Covers (3D Raised, Metallic Foils)
  • Quick Short-Run Book Printing

You can select one of the standard sizes, or send us your required dimensions.
Some popular perfect bound book sizes are:

  • 6″ x 6″
  • 6.625 ” x 10.25″
  • 8.5″ x 11″

Perfect Bound vs Saddle Stitch

If you’re wondering what the perfect binding minimum pages is – here’s a few factors to consider when planning your project. Some commercial printers follow the rule that anything under 48 pages is saddle-stitched, and books over 96 pages get perfect bound. An easy way to think of it is that – saddle-stitching as books that are stapled, and perfect bound books are glued.

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Q: What’s considered too small for perfect binding?
A: We typically use saddle stitching on pieces measuring less than a 1/4″ inch thick.

Q: How big can perfect bound books be?
A: The number of book pages will vary – depending on the thickness of the paper. At the spine, our perfect bound books can measure approximately 2” inches.

Cons – Unlike hardcover books, saddle-stich and perfect bound books don’t lay flat.
Pros – Saddle stitching is cheaper than perfect bound book printing and works best for brochures and small catalogs.

Perfect bound books can be assembled the rate at 200 per hour (sometimes more).
This type of printing is considered “Print-On-Demand.” Authors like not having to meet a minimum quantity or having to store boxes of books. This reduces risk and lowers the entry point for aspiring authors and illustrators looking to self-publish their own books.

Custom Books

Get noticed and entice more readers with our custom book cover options. Using visual effects increases engagement with potential buyers, and helps you to stand out in a crowded marketplace. With our custom digital cover effects, you can look like a NYT bestseller without breaking the bank. You’ll be amazed at the visual appeal your book will receive by adding some of our custom visual effects.
Some popular custom book cover options:

  • Digital Spot UV Varnished Covers
  • Metallic Foil Effect Covers (Raised or Flat)
  • 3D Raised Textures
  • Raised Tactile Patterns
  • Gloss, Matte & Soft Touch Finishing

When you need an expert printer for your book printing and binding, we’re here to help. With over fifty years experience, our customer service and production capabilities are unrivaled. Whether you need saddle-stitched brochures or a perfect bound booklet, we’ll help you look great – no matter what your goals are. As one of the top Chicago commercial printers, we’ve become the trusted marketing partner for businesses just like yours.

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High End Presentation Folders

High End Presentation Folders

Blog | Presentation Folders

High-End Presentation Folders

We print high-end presentation folders on durable card stock with brilliant color that can’t be beat. Let’s face it, making a lasting impression at business meetings is no easy task. It starts with creative folder design that’s going to build your brand while helping you stand out from the competition. Our custom presentation folders provide a luxury look that helps you shine while leaving a lasting impression.

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Custom Printed Folders No Minimum

With no minimum quantities required, our professional presentation folders can be printed in small batches. Lower your marketing costs by ordering only what you need. Our custom printed folders no minimum, are in demand with business owners and marketers who demand top-notch quality.

Our printed presentation folders help you solidify your brand while looking your best. When presenting your company to prospects, you only get one chance to grab their attention. Our customized presentation folders have no minimum quantities, look amazing, and come in a wide variety of options. Make us your trusted marketing partner when you need custom presentation folders no minimum, and we’ll help you get noticed.

Some available features include:

  • Business Card Slots
  • Lamination (Matte, Gloss or Soft Touch)
  • Durable Glossy or Matte Stock

Pocket Folder Printer Chicago

Presentation Folders Chicago

If you’re looking for top-notch presentation folders in Chicago, we’ve got you covered. Our custom pocket folders make a great addition to any marketing collateral. Our custom presentation folders provide a professional way to hold your sell sheets, brochures, reports, correspondence and business cards in an elegant manner. We take pride in producing high-caliber printing that our customers have grown to depend and rely on.

Some available options include:

  • Custom Full-Color Presentation Folders (High-Resolution Images)
  • Logo Folders (Company Printing)
  • Solid Colors
  • Business Presentation Folders (Includes Business Card Slots)
  • Raised Textures (3D Varnish & Embossing)


With more than fifty years in the printing industry, we’ve produced a wide variety of folders for industries that include Real Estate, Manufacturing, Ad Agencies, Healthcare, Financial Institutions, Insurance Agencies and many more. The most common presentation folders (9” X 12”) are bi-fold and designed to hold 8.5” x 11” standard business letters. Additionally, we offer various sizes and styles designed to fit your needs.

Some popular folder sizes include:

  • 9” x 12” (Standard Bi-fold)
  • 9” x 14.5” (Legal Size)
  • 6” x 9”
  • 4” x 9”

Customized Folder Options
We offer a wide variety of custom options, for when you need to take your folders to the next level. Turn heads and get noticed with our luxury pocket folders.

  • 3D Varnish (Flat or Raised)
  • Metallic Foil Effects (Flat or Raised)
  • Sculpted Pockets (Custom Die Cut)
  • Digital Embossing

Helpful Tips
First, determine what size the materials going into the folder will be. The most popular size (9” X 12”) holds standard letter size paper. Your folder design should be congruent with your branding & website design. Your brand colors, fonts, images should be the same across all media for consistency.

You may want to display your contact channels (website, phone number, email, and social media). You want to make it easy for potential clients to get in touch with you. For design, sometimes simple is better. You can still make a big impact using a minimalist design approach. For inspiration, you can look at the design style used by Apple. Your folder design direction really depends on your product or service, and who your target audience is.


Q: What if I don’t have a designer?
A: No problem, we have some awesome graphic designers in-house.

Q: I purchased a template online, can you alter it to fit my company branding?
A: Yes, we can add your logo and make the changes you need.

Q: Can I order a small quantity of 10 pieces for review?
A: Yes, we offer short-run samples and prototypes for your project.

Q: Can I order a small batch and come back when I need more?
A: Absolutely, we can print small runs that provide customized folders no minimum.

Q: What if I need more than just folders, do you offer corporate identity packages?
A: Yes, we do. Please let us know what you need, and we’ll make that part of your order.

Q: I’m from out of state, can you ship these to my location?
A: Yes, we can. We use all major freight carriers including Fed-Ex, UPS,USPS,DHL and deliver anywhere in the country.

If you have any additional questions about our high-end presentation folders, please feel free to reach out. One of our friendly customer service members will assist you with your project. Quality you can depend on has made us one of the top Chicago Commercial Printers. If you’re looking for the best online printing services, make sure you visit our online store Streamline Graphix.

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What is Digital Printing?

What is Digital Printing?

Blog | Digital Print Questions

A Look at Printing and Where it Fits in the Marketplace

We’ve compiled some answers below to some frequently asked questions about printing. This can help you determine what’s best for your print project and provide some details pertaining to the subject. As time passes, some of this information may require an update. If you need additional information, please feel free to contact us or call, so we can help.

1.) What is Digital Printing?
A brief overview of the process used to produce modern digital printing.
2.) Offset vs Digital Printing
A summary of the pros and cons to this frequently asked question.
3.) Digital Printing Benefits
An explanation of when and why you should be using digital printing.
4.) Digital Printing Disadvantages
We explore some of the cons related to choosing this method.

What is Digital Printing?

The Set Up
Digital printing uses computers to send digital data directly to the printing press for print jobs. This saves time and reduces costs that occur with traditional offset printing, due to not having to use printing plates. The digital file can come from an image, PDF, flash drive, or produced using a desktop publishing software.

The Design
Adobe In-Design, Illustrator and Photoshop are the preferred tools used by professionals to create designs for printing. The design files must be thoroughly checked before sending them to print. A composition professional takes the digital file and inspects it for potential problems before going to press. This ensures the page layout, typography, color, and images are all congruent with the job specifications. Once the file inspection is complete, the files are sent to the pressroom awaiting print.

The Process
Modern digital printing machines use either a toner (powder), or an inkjet (liquid) based system to deliver pigment to the printed surface. Both technologies are fully capable of delivering high-resolution quality pieces.

Toner-Based Digital Printing
Toner-based digital printing systems use cartridges containing a fine powder that adheres to the printed surface. It adheres via a fuser, literally fusing the image to the sheet. It’s a popular choice for digital print shops around the world.

Inkjet-Based Digital Printing
Inkjet printing systems use liquid inks in their printing process. Inkjet printheads contain tiny holes that allow liquid ink to flow uniformly onto the print surface using controlled pressure. A computer monitors the ink flow passing through the cartridges to ensure proper coverage. Inkjets can be used for printing textiles, glass, canvas, PVC and a wide variety of substrates. Inkjet printers are usually more cost-effective to run per page when compared to toner-based printers.

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Products produced with digital printing are the same as you’ve come to expect from offset printing. This includes familiar marketing collateral like brochures, flyers, business cards, reports, books, and catalogs. Because of the expanded capabilities of digital printing presses, you can print on a wider variety of different materials. Some of the materials digital printing is best for include large format (posters & large banner printing), signage and printing on rigid or curved surfaces like water bottles. The ability to print books (perfect bound) as well as use variable data for direct mail makes digital printing a great choice for businesses, authors and agencies.

The Industry
Since the inception of digital printing, a new sector of business has evolved commonly known as print-on-demand. This provides any business the ability to quickly brand promotional products with their logo as part of their marketing efforts. Print-on-demand has opened up more business channels by allowing small quantities and short batch runs. Digital printing has dissolved the expensive point of entry once associated with offset printing. It delivers high-quality products that can be produced quickly. This gives consumers more control over their marketing campaigns.

Offset vs Digital Printing

Wondering whether to choose offset or digital for your print job? Both offset and digital printing are widely used for common printed pieces like brochures, business folders, flyers, booklets, reports, manuals, posters, postcards, business cards, etc. Price, quality, and turn-around times are often at the forefront of making the best choice before purchasing a print job.

Offset Printing
Most of the printed material in the world today has been produced using offset printing. It’s also commonly referred to as traditional printing, conventional printing & offset lithography. Offset printing began at the turn of the century and it’s still considered stable and reliable in the global marketplace today.

The offset printing process used for sheet-fed and roll-fed (web) paper is identical. Today’s modern printing presses include the use of computer technology for enhanced usability and control. This allows the pressmen to identify problems quickly and increase productivity while reducing downtime.


Four-Color Process
The four-color offset printing process makes use of metal printing plates that contain small dots (halftones) that absorb ink. The ink from the metal plate and is then applied to a rubber cylinder (blanket) then transferred to the paper (stock) creating an impression. This is process is where the term “offset” has been derived from.

Four colors are applied one-by-one onto press sheets in order as follows:

  • Cyan – C
  • Magenta – M
  • Yellow – Y
  • Black – K


These four colors when combined together can produce nearly any color variation on the spectrum. This includes high-resolution images and features a wide color gamut.

Offset Printing Advantages
Although digital printing technology is still growing rapidly, it won’t replace offset printing anytime soon. Offset printing clearly has a long history in the marketplace and will continue to survive for years to come.

Some advantages of offset printing include:

  • Speed (capable of more than 12,000 impressions per hour)
  • Quality (highly accurate color and image reproduction)
  • Reliable (Can be run on multiple shifts for maximum output)
  • High Quantities (Best choice for large runs)

Offset printing out-performs digital printing when it comes to printing large quantities. In most cases, offset runs at twice the speed of today’s modern digital printing press. Offset printing an excellent choice for its speed, accuracy and top-notch quality.
Although offset printing is a great choice for many printing jobs, it does have some drawbacks.

The Cons of Offset Printing

  • Plate Cost (using plates increases costs)
  • Make Ready (Paper gets wasted making color)
  • Man Power (Frequent plate changes and make readies slow production time and inflate job costs)

Digital Printing
Digital printing is still considered a new technology, especially when compared to the long history of offset printing. The ability to print without the use of plates is a huge benefit. When using modern digital print machines, the very first sheet printed is usually considered perfect quality. Depending on the model, digital can print flat and roll media. Many machines come with finishing capabilities allowing for folding, stitching, stapling, perforations and perfect binding. This saves time and money and is best used for professional book printing and manuals.

Digital Printing Benefits

Digital printing offers many benefits that offer consumers a vast array of choices once not available. While still considered a new technology in the industry, it’s rising fast due to short-run demands. It’s also becoming more affordable to print shops looking to expand their capabilities. The new digital technology offers affordable, cost-effective printing that could one day surpass the offset printing industry.

Some benefits include:

  • No Plates (Saves time, money and cost associated with using plates)
  • No Make Ready (Save time and money, first sheet “sellable”)
  • Short Runs (Great for small batch, short runs, and prototypes)
  • Eco-Friendly

Variable Data
The ability to print unique barcodes and names for direct mail pieces is a great feature for marketers. Using variable data allows for personalization making every piece customizable and unique. Variable data printing services are used often for commercial mail pieces as well as invites for events and weddings. The increasing need for customization proves that variable data printing companies will continue to be in demand.

Short Runs & Small Batches
When your project doesn’t require thousands of pieces, digital printing provides a perfect solution. This is a great choice for popular items such as books, pocket folders, and brochures – without a minimum quantity. This is what opened the door to the print-on-demand industry. An author can order books as needed. This helps keep costs down and avoids having to store boxes of books that might go unsold. Short runs provide a convenient way to reduce risk and lower expenditures.

Digital printing works well for:

Fast Turn-Around Times
Because there’s no time wasted hanging plates or make ready, digital printing provides consumers with faster turn-around times than offset does. Digital printing allows for speed when it comes to getting your message to the marketplace.

Reduced Costs
The digital printing process avoids the use of printing plates, make-readies required by offset printing. In most instances, digital printing tends to run lower in price when compared to offset printing. However, there is a threshold to this rule and it becomes reversed once larger quantities are required.

Mixed Media
Because of the flexibility digital printing offers, the print-on-demand industry is booming. Short runs, lower costs, and new materials give consumers more control over their marketing. Mixed media available for digital printing includes materials like canvas, foam core, wood, metal, textiles, garments, plastics, glass and other rigid surface materials. This provides companies the ability to personalize items like trophies, golf balls, wine bottles, wooden plaques and more.

Promotional products can be produced economically and quickly eliminating the need for storage. This also eliminates the need to purchase large quantities just to meet a minimum requirement. With all of these benefits together, digital printing offers a great choice for both large and small businesses alike.

Digital Printing Disadvantages

Lower Speeds
Although everything you read these days talks about how fast digital printing is – it’s actually much slower when compared to offset printing. Most modern commercial-grade digital printing machines can only run at about half the speed as traditional offset presses. The fastest printers are roll-fed web printers, running at speeds that exceed 130,000 impressions per hour. We run both hot UV web and coldset web offset printing machines for maximum efficacy.

Color Quality
Many digital printing presses start to lose quality of color when tasked with running large quantities. Problems arise such as banding, ghosting, and colors not being rendered as expected. This can be caused by mechanical problems with the print head. Another culprit is the buildup of static on the substrate that can cause issues. Overspray is a common defect in wide format digital printing and causes shapes and lines to become distorted. Printers that perform a good maintenance on their machines, and use anti-static devices can alleviate most of these issues from occurring.

Offset printing quality was viewed as superior to digital printing – until recently. Some printing machine manufacturers use advanced technology that now offers gallery quality printing. This extremely high-resolution print now produces a higher resolution than offset can provide. It should be noted that the mass majority of print consumers will never require such a high caliber of printing to meet their needs. In fact, the color quality produced from both digital and offset printing will continue to meet the demands of consumers.

Quantity Restrictive
Because of the way digital printers are designed, large quantity runs are not recommended. The larger quantities also can often push the price higher than offset printing. This would usually has jobs requiring quantities over 5,000 impressions would most likely be better off printing on an offset press. Although the traditional offset printing costs more to set up and run, it’s faster and more cost-effective for large print runs.

Your needs as a print consumer will depend upon certain criteria such as the quantity required, turn-around time and your budget. Print shops will always try and determine what is the most economical route. Sometimes it will be digital, especially for smaller quantities (under 5k). Other times it makes more sense to run the job on an offset press. One approach involves getting quotes from several vendors. This gives you a better expectation of costs and time involved. Keeping that in mind a word of caution to buyers that the cheapest isn’t always the best route to take when selecting a printer. Just like any other industry, you get what you pay for. As one of the top Chicago commercial printers, we’ve been servicing businesses just like yours, for 50 years.

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