Glossary A-Z

Turned-Edge. House Paper. Die Cutting. If you’re not familiar with printing terms, hearing them for the first time can be confusing. At Corporate Image the terminology in this business just comes naturally to us. We’re always happy to explain the various definitions and meanings, but we also wanted to include it here so you can browse on your own.

Just click on any term and the dropdown will explain everything you need to know. If you have any questions, contact us, we’re happy to help.


+ Adhesive

An adhesive is a special glue used to adhere the cover and the binders board. This particular glue is a protein gelatin, selected because it provides the proper amount of tack needed to join the cover to the binders board. An adhesive must be strong enough to stick to laminated paper and cloth as the liner must adhere to the turn-in of the cover of a binder as well as to the binders board itself.

+ Bare Board Binder

A natural bare board binder is our greenest binder with a beauty all its own — fibers and flakes of 100% post-consumer waste. While the binder is not printed or covered in cloth, there are options available to decorate the bare binders board. Choose a foil stamp or a deboss to customize your bare board binder on the spine and/or the front cover. To prevent fraying the corners are rounded.

+ Binders Board

Binders board is the universal core material for bookbinding, three ring binders, packaging and game boards. The binders board Corporate Image uses for all flexhinge binders is made from 100% post-consumer waste consisting of newsprint, clean office waste and magazines. The waste paper is pulped and made into board layers. The layers are then adhered together to produce the desired thickness. We use binders board in two thicknesses: 94-point for printed binders and 110-point for cloth binders. Our binders board is not only 100% post-consumer waste but also fully recyclable.

+ Binder Clips

Take notes easily by adding a binder clip and notepad to the back of your binder.

+ Binder Liners

When producing a printed binder you have the option of printing the liner to match the exterior or compliment the cover at no additional charge. Our digitally printed binders come with your choice of a black or white liner. Cloth binders can use the same color cloth, a contrasting cloth or a printed liner.

+ Book Style Box

This style of CI RIGIDBOX is a two-piece box consisting of an outer board and an attached tray. The outer board wraps around the tray and resembles a book when closed. This CI RIGIDBOX style is available with and without a magnetic closure.

+ Brochure Cuts, CD/DVD Slits

Put additional information in the hands of your audience by including a brochure or CD/DVD with your presentation kit. Standard brochure cuts and CD/DVD slits are available on horizontal pockets of your folder or paperboard binder at no charge.

+ Business Card Cuts

Business cards are a great option to personalize your presentation materials. Corporate Image provides standard business card cuts on horizontal pockets of your folder or paperboard binder at no additional charge.

+ Cloth Binders

Our cloth binders are 100% post-consumer waste binders board with a beautifully finished cloth covering in just about any color you could want. In fact, we have the largest selection of binding and packaging fabric in North America. We stock ten varieties of cloth cover materials offering over 200 color and texture choices. We also stock bonded leather and acrylic coated paper, as well as organic cotton, and a cotton/linen blend.

We also have a natural rayon/viscose cloth imported from Holland available in 37 eye-popping colors. (Widely used in Europe for books, art books, binders, packaging and photo books.) All of our cloth covers can be decorated with debossing or hot foil stamping. Click here to see our assortment of fabrics.

+ Concept Drawing

This drawing is the initial step in the design process for our CI RIGIDBOX. It shows the general idea of the functionality and style of the box. A concept drawing is not necessarily true to dimensions or specs, but an initial draft to visualize options.

+ Corrugated Packaging

Presentation Packaging is made from 18-point or 24-point stock or corrugate. You may print and laminate the box or choose to cover the box with fabrics or coated papers. We have a variety of boxes that ship flat for easy storage and transport.

+ Die-Cut Windows

Die-cut windows add dimension to any three ring binder cover. We can die-cut a window on the front cover of any of our custom binders.

+ Digital Printing

Digital printing is the reproduction of digital images on paper using toner rather than liquid inks. It is ideal for “short run” projects. No printing plates are required and there is generally less paper waste and fewer chemicals compared to offset printing. However, the quality of digital printing – while very good – doesn’t compare to offset and allows for fewer finishing options.

+ Digital Rendering

The digital rendering is created based off the customer’s specifications. If art files are provided, they can be incorporated into the rendering. Renderings will be presented to the customer in flat or 3D PDF format and provide a full visual concept of their CI RigidBox.

+ Heavy-Duty Binders

These binders are designed to withstand the heavy usage of a retail or showroom environment. The binders feature a heavy-duty library buckram cloth designed to endure 50 years of library use. Special heavy-duty locking rings help ensure that the rings hold out after repeated opening and closing. The exterior can be printed to showcase your brand design.


It’s easy to transfer files to Corporate Image. We accept the latest versions of InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator documents. Use our convenient FTP site or overnight images to us on a disk. Please contact your sales representative for a complete list of file specifications for digital or offset printing.


This unique CI RIGIDBOX style is one flat board which is folded to create housing for a product. Through multiple scores, die-cuts and magnets, this innovative box style can ship flat and only requires folding along the scores to create the finished box.

+ Finger Pulls

Metal finished finger pulls make it easier to remove binders from shelves and actually extend the life of the binder by reducing stress and wear on the top of the spine. They also make a nice design detail.

+ Flush-Cut Binder

This binder is unique to Corporate Image. We apply a printed cover and liner to an oversized binders board. Then, we trim the board so the cover and liner are flush with the edge of the board. We use natural paper that can be offset printed using soy inks. The result is an interesting blend of board, paper and ink that reveals the core of the binders board. This creates a great, natural look and is 100% recyclable.

+ FlexHinge

Our FlexHinge binders are the strongest binders possible! We’ve had an independent lab test our hinges with 250,000 flexes and our flexhinge binders showed no deterioration or change. We use a patented mechanical die process that scores the board to our specifications and forms a flexible hinge while retaining the board fiber. This unique technique also allows the opportunity for uniquely shaped spines including the round back binder.

+ “Green At The Core”

This simply means that all the products that we produce are constructed of 100% post-consumer waste binders board. We believe in sustainability, and we believe that you can make a big impact and still leave a small footprint.

+ House Paper

These are papers that we have selected because they consistently meet our quality specifications. They ultimately produce the best possible products.

+ Lamination

Lamination is a nontoxic film of nylon, polyester, or polypropylene. It is not harmful to the environment and can be safely recycled. When applied to paper, the paper can be re-pulped and the plastic film will be separated and recycled with other plastics.

We offer gloss, soft touch and natural matte lamination films. Unlike protective liquid finishes such as aqueous coating, varnish or UV, film lamination actually reinforces paper, preventing litho crack, corner wear and paper tear on spines and score lines.

The unique properties of lamination ensure that printed pieces last longer and perform better, an important consideration in regards to the sustainable life of a printed piece. Since it’s a film, it stretches and flexes, something liquid coatings can’t do.

+ Line Screen

This is a measure of how many half-tone lines are printed in a liner inch. We use a 225-line screen with modified stochastic screening.

+ Neck & Shoulder Box

This CI RIGIDBOX style consists of three parts. The lid and the base of the box are the same dimensions around with an inner attached piece acting as a neck. A neck & shoulder box can be closed all the way (meaning that the lid and the base meet) or part of the neck can be revealed for a different look.​

+ Page Lifters

For large capacity binders, page lifters help lift and separate pages. They’re available in black or white.

+ Paper Pockets

Organize your materials with environmentally friendly paper pockets. They are made with 100% post-consumer material and are recyclable!

+ Presentation Binders

These unique binders are a hybrid of a pocket folder and a ring binder. Images are offset printed directly on 18- or 24-point stock. The binders can be laminated with gloss, soft touch or natural matte film. Round rings are available up to 1”.

+ Presentation Boxes

Presentation Packaging is made from 18-point or 24-point stock or corrugate. You may print and laminate the box or choose to cover the box with fabrics or coated papers. We have a variety of boxes that ship flat for easy storage and transport.

+ Printed Binder

Our printed binders are run on a 6-color Manroland press on our 100# C2S cover stock. The liner for the binder is printed on the same sheet as the cover. So, there’s no additional charge for a printed liner with our offset printed binders.

Covers and liners are laminated with gloss, matte soft touch or natural matte film to add durability and protect the printed image. The cover material is turned over 94-point binders board and the liner is applied to the inside. Hinges are pressed into the finished board and the correct ring mechanism is riveted into the binder. Printed binders are available in either the traditional square back or a round spine.

+ Prototype

A prototype of your CI RIGIDBOX is built to represent the shape, size, style, materials and, if available, art placement of your project. Please note that the prototype could be hand-built, not machine grade, and might not show the same quality of strength and structural fit as the actual production run.

+ Rings

The right binder ring makes a difference in the form and function of your binder. It is important to select the size and style of ring that works best for the way your binder will be used. The size of your ring determines the spine and cover size of your binders.

  • Round rings are mounted on the spine of square back binders and on the back cover of round back binders.
  • D-Rings mount on the back cover. They offer greater page capacity and help paper lie flat and align evenly in the binder.
  • Steel rings can be recycled with other metal products.
  • Ring options
    • Chrome, black or custom colors.
    • Round or D-Ring.
    • With or without boosters.
    • Locking rings.
    • 3-ring or multi-ring.
    • Additional lead-time is necessary for special orders.

+ Round Back Spine

The round back spine is a classic case of form following function. It both fits in the hand, and conforms to the shape of the ring. These spines are created by a series of close hinges that result in an attractive curved spine.

+ Spine Wrap

A spine wrap is designed to accentuate binders and make them stand out on the shelf by mixing cover materials. Corporate Image offers laminated, printed materials, or attractive fabrics to cover the spine of your binders. The spine wrap may be applied to a bare board binder, or one covered with contrasting cloth or paper.

+ Slipcase

A slipcase is a CI RIGIDBOX style as well as a general packaging option. This box is made of two pieces where the tray slides into an outer sleeve.

+ Tab Dividers

Tabs are ideal for organizing materials in a three ring binder or box. Our tab dividers enhance and complete your presentation product with style. Offset printed tabs are produced on 12-point stock. Digitally printed tabs are available on either 12-point stock or a 100# white index with Mylar® reinforcement.

+ Telescoping box

A telescoping box is a CI RIGIDBOX style that consists of two pieces, a lid, and a base. The lid slides over the base and can either close fully (full telescope) or leave a reveal of the base (partial telescope).

+ Template

When you are ready to begin the final design phase of your project, we will email a template to you and you will lay your artwork out on that template. This ensures that your final product will match your design as well as score lines, glue strips, tuck flaps and die-cutting tolerances. If you’re working on a standard product, we will send you a standard template. If you’re working on a custom project, we’ll work together to create a template just for you. Before we produce a job, we’ll send you a proof that has been folded to your specs so you can visualize the finished job.

+ White Board Mock-Up

This physical mock-up of your CI RigidBox, Binder, or packaging project is a basic, hand-built construction to show the structure and size of the product. This mock-up is to be reviewed to ensure all components of your project fit and work well together.


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