Finishing services

We offer a small selection of finishing and binding services in-house. If your project requires finishing that is not listed below, we are happy to print your press sheets for you to send to a bindery/finisher of your choosing.

Book Binding

Saddle Stitch

This is our most popular zine binding method. We offer saddle stitched binding for books that are 5"x8" in size. Other sizes will require specialty finishing and may be coordinated with an outside bindery/finisher.

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 8-40 pages.

Saddle stitch examples

Plastic Coil (Spiral)

Plastic 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.

There is no minimum or maximum page limit for spiral coil.

Plastic coil examples

Twin Loop (Wire-O)

Similar to plastic coil, twin loop 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. Made from metal instead of plastic, Wire-o color options are more limited than plastic coil. There is no page minimum or maximum page limit for wire-o. 

Perfect Binding

Perfect binding is a popular binding style most commonly used on soft cover books and magazines. We outsource perfect binding to a local finisher we know and trust. Their binding machine can handle books as small as 4" x 4" or as large as 15" x 12" and up to 2.25" thick. We recommend perfect binding for books larger than 40 pages.

Finishing

Trimming, Folding, Scoring

We offer finished trim services, folding, and scoring in-house. Cards, brochures, and any project with 2 folds or less can easily be completed in our studio. Projects with more complicated folding requirements may need to be outsourced to another finisher.

Thermography

Thermography is a premium finishing 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

Soft-Touch Matte Laminating

Riso prints are notorious for smudging. If your project has heavy ink coverage and will be handled a lot, laminating helps to lock in all of the Riso ink and make it completely smudge proof. The finish is a clear matte coating with a soft touch feel.

This service is recommended for:

  • Book covers
  • Business cards
  • Playing cards

This service is not recommended for the following:

  • Art prints
  • Text weight papers
  • Metallic gold ink - the shine is dulled by the laminating process