Finishing services

We take great pride in offering a variety of finishing services in-house. If your project requires finishing that is not listed below, we work closely with a local finisher to make sure your project is completed to the highest standard.

Book binding

Saddle stitch

This is our most popular zine binding method. Folded sheets (folios) are gathered together one inside the other and then stapled in the middle with wire staples. This type of binding is recommended for books that are 8-32 pages. 

Saddle stitch examples


Side stitch 

Loose pages (leaves) are stapled on the face of the book near the spine. This type of binding is recommended for books that are less than 1/2" thick.

Side stitch examples


Available wire colors for saddle and side stitched books:

  • Silver
  • Gold
  • Black
  • White

If you have a specific wire color in mind that isn't listed, let us know! For an additional fee we can order it in.


Saddle sewn

A premium method of binding zines and books. Folded sheets (folios) are gathered together one inside the other and then sewn with thread on our industrial Singer sewing machine. Each book is carefully hand-fed through the sewing machine. This type of binding is recommended for books that are 8-32 pages.

Saddle sewn examples


Side sewn

A premium method of binding zines and books. Loose pages (leaves) are sewn with thread on the face of the book near the spine. This type of binding is recommended for books that are less than 1/4" thick. Each book is carefully hand-fed through the sewing machine.

Side sewn examples


Spiral Coil

Coil binding is a great way to bind both large and small books with loose pages. It enables for a completely lay-flat view of the book. Plastic coil comes in almost every color imaginable, and we will special order in the color of your choice.

Coil bound examples

Thermography

Thermography is a process where wet ink is dusted with a fine resin powder and exposed to heat. The resin and ink fuse together, raising the areas where the resin has coated. Thermography is best used on type or smaller details as it becomes uneven when applied to large areas.

We use a clear, gloss resin powder which sticks to any of our ink colors. We also stock a clear Riso ink which is for use specifically with thermography. The clear ink and the clear powder can be applied to any area to give the printing a spot gloss and raised treatment.

We can also get thermography powders in a wide range of colors and finishes, such as metallic gold or silver powder. For more information, please reach out to us directly.

Thermography examples


Top-coating

Riso prints are notorious for smudging. If your project has heavy ink coverage and will be handled a lot, top-coating helps to lock in all of the Riso ink and make it completely smudge proof.

We screen print a custom mixed blend of water based top coating sealant onto each sheet. The finish is a clear matte coating. This service is recommended for:

  • Book covers
  • Business cards
  • Playing cards

This service is not recommended for the following:

  • Projects using metallic gold ink (it dulls the shimmer of the ink)
  • Art prints
  • Text weight papers

Top coat examples