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Saddle Stitch

To bind by stapling sheets together where they fold at the spine, as compared to side stitch. Example of some jobs that may utilize this type of binding are: booklets, catalogs, and calendars. We do not recommend this type of bindery method if you are doing more than 48-page books on 100 pound gloss text.

Safe Area

An area within the trim line to prevent text or type from being cut off. It is imperative that no text or essential parts of your artwork come within 1/8" of the trim line. Due to mechanical tolerance during the cutting process, any content within 1/8" of the trim line may be cut off. Please refer to our templates. Safe area is denoted by green in our available templates.


A crease where a sheet of a paper will be folded. This is important to prevent cracking on the edge of the fold, and/or improve precision of the final fold. Scoring is especially recommended with thicker paper stocks.


In printing, on multi-page jobs, when the paper used as cover is the same as that used in the inside pages.


Complete and precise description of features of a printing job such as paper type, coating, quantity, printing, and binding type. Abbreviated "Specs". Specs essentially is what your electronic job ticket. When you place a complete job order, the details are essentially your Specs.

Spot (Color or Varnish)

One ink or varnish applied to portions of a sheet, as compared to overall.


The paper or material to be printed on.


Any surface or material on which printing is done.