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Bookbinding is the process of physically assembling a book of codex format from an ordered stack of paper sheets that are folded together into sections or sometimes left as a stack of individual sheets. The stack is then bound together along one edge by either sewing with thread through the folds or by a layer of flexible adhesive.

About the Workshop

The DIC Print Studio is located on the ground floor of the 209 building.

Objective:

  • To introduce the requirements for document design and printing for perfect binding.
  • To teach students and familiarize them in the process of binding soft and hard cover books.
  • To provide support in order to create a self-sufficient environment for students and the book binding devices.

What can I create in the Print Studio?

  • Large Format, High Quality Printing, Poster printing.
  • Double Sided Printing for brochures, spreads, books and more.
  • Saddle Stitch, Perfect Bound, and Fotomount books.
  • Space for Foam Core Mounting.
  • Scanning for all sizes, including film negatives.
Perfect Binding
  1. All interior pages should have 0.125 inch bleeds for trimming all around and a 0.25 inch bleed on the binding edge.
  2. Margins all around printable page should be 0.125 inches.
  3. Do NOT put text meant to be read in the margins or bleed area.

This means:

If the final size of your book is 8.5 x 11, your document size is 8.625 x 11.25 inches.
You must add 0.25 inches to your height and 0.125 inches to your width.
Your printable text/design area will be 8 inches wide by 10.5 inches high.

 

Softcover Binding

You will need:

  • The pages of your book as single sheets double-sided printed for your book block/signatures. NOT spreads.
  • A think paper stock for your cover, pre-printed with a .25 bleed all around*.
  • If you want to know the width of your spine prior to cover design (for text on spine), you must have all your pages printed in advance to measure the width of your book.

Workflow:

  • Cut your sheets along spine edge to the bleed.
  • Measure your spine in millimeters using the digital calipers. Round to the nearest whole millimeter and add 2. This will be your spine width in
  • millimeters.
  • *REMEMBER: your cover will be trimmed just like your inside pages so leave an extra 0.125 inches around the outside.*
  • Use the iCrease Pro to score your cover. (See USING THE I CREASE PRO)
  • Bind your book on the perfect binder. (See USING THE PERFECT BIND
  • Cut down the finished book on the Triumph industrial cutter.

Hardcover Binding:

  • The pages of your book as single sheets double-sided printed for your book block/signatures. NOT spreads.
  • Enough chipboard for the front and back covers, and the spine.
  • Printed adhesive cover (this stock can be purchased in the workshop).
  • End Pages for the front and back (these can be purchased in the workshop).

Workflow:

  • Cut your sheets along spine edge to the bleed
  • Measure your spine in millimeters using the digital calipers. Round to the nearest whole millimeter and add 2. This will be your spine width in millimeters.
  • Cut your chipboard for spine at the measured width.
  • Cut your chipboard front cover and back cover to your final size (this is the size you intend to make your book when completed).
  • Use the Casematic machine to adhere your cover image to your chipboard . (See USING THE CASEMATIC MACHINE)
  • Using the Perfect Binder, bind together your interior pages with an end page on each side. Make sure the adhesive face of the end page is facing out. This adhesive will stick to your hard cover.
  • Trim down your book block to the final size using the Triumph industrial
  • cutter.
  • Using the FotoMount Machine, adhere your end pages to your cover. (See
  • USING THE FOTOMOUNT MACHINE)

Using the Perfect Binder

Objective:

To properly use the Perfect Binder, follow these steps.


***IMPORTANT: The Perfect Binder takes close to an hour to warm up. Request that it be turned on an hour in advance of your using it. ***

You will need:

  • The pages of your book as single sheets double-sided printed for your book block/signatures. NOT spreads.
  • Your hard or soft cover.*
Saddle Stitch Binding

A saddle stitch booklet is a small book made by printing a few spreads, folding them in half, and stapling them together down the middle. This process is also called Saddle Stitch binding.

Which Printer Can I Use To Print A Booklet?

The DIC currently offers Saddle Stitch Binding with two printers: the Canon C700 (on the ground of the DIC), and the Canon C5560i (on the second level of the DIC).

Can ImagePress C700

What Program Do I Use to Print a Booklet?

Adobe InDesign, Adobe Acrobat, Quite Imposing Plugin

Important!

If your document is not an lnDesign file (.indd) or a .pdf, please convert your document to one of these file types before printing.

If you don't have lnDesign at home, you can use any of the com­puters in the print studio to edit your file -all of them are equipped with

the Adobe Creative Cloud Suite.

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