Types of Print Finishes


When it comes to printing your projects, there are a variety of options to consider other than the actual printing process itself. Apart from the type of paper, options such as finishing, binding and coating can become a complex list and you may have little idea of what this looks like. Speed has 30 years’ experience in providing print services and management which our clients can rely on. We help you choose the right finishing for your project from the start, through to the final stage. Here are some examples of printing projects that we’ve worked on.


Binding hold pages together, whether its your booklet, brochures or information packs, selecting the right binding type is dependent on how you want your document to look, the number of pages that requires binding and your budget.

Saddle stitching

This is one of the most popular and economical binding method and is commonly used for brochures, magazines and booklets that has a low page count between 8 to 80 pages. Essentially “stapling” this type of binding involves folding sheets together then stitching the middle and trimmed on the sides to make a neat finish.













Loop binding

Loop binding is a similar technique to saddle stitching however rather than staples, loops are used to hold together the pieces of paper, this mean these can be placed into ring binders without having to be hole punched.

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Wiro Bound

Most commonly used for notepads or reports, wiro bound involves gathering pages together, then punching holes down the side and holding these together with a wire spine. This is suited for 15 pages upwards and allows the notepad to lay flat when open. The wire holds all the pages in place and is an affordable option that gives a professional finish to your document.

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Perfect bound

Perfect binding is also known as adhesive binding. The pages and cover are glued together at the spine with a strong yet flexible adhesive. Perfect bound is commonly used for reports, catalogues, manuals and brochures that has several pages.  The benefit of this method is they look professional and visually appealing.


There are several types of print finishes you can choose and this often has an influence on the effectiveness of your printed materials. The type of finish you select is all down to the look and feel you want to create as well as the paper type you choose, you should therefore recognise different types of print finishing and their strengths in getting your materials noticed. Below are some of the most popular techniques used.

Die cut

Die cut is a unique technique used to grab attention and produces a dimensional effect on your print pieces. Paper is cut into a specific shape using a steel cutting die, the blade outlines your shape, so when the paper is pressed very firmly, the parts that are pressed into this blade are cut out. If you’re after texture and design, then this option works best for you. It can be something as simple as cutting around the edge of your logo or around certain letterings as shown in our example below.

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At Speed we have managed many projects using die cutting methods which have covered a range of designs:

Die cut and glued up pocket












Die cut with rotating discs










Die cut tabs











Embossing and De-bossing

Embossing involves flattening the paper in the embossed area and either creating a raised area or you could use de-bossing which uses the same technique to create a recessed and indented effect. This method is great if you want to develop 3D visuals, it creates a contrast on the paper surface and you can actually feel the design with your fingertips when you rub them over the surface giving a unique result.

Important considerations for embossing projects include the size, paper type, boldness and intricacy of the design. Both these techniques can be used to draw attention to a particular area including images, logo or text on the page.














Spot UV

Spot UV varnish is similar to normal varnishing, however the main difference is that you can specify the area of coverage that gives a glossier effect. This can be applied to a chosen spot or an entire document to draw attention to this part.

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If you’re after a non-glossy look, a matt laminate will give you a printed surface with no shine as well as a smooth look. It is often used to soften the appearance of the printed image, as well as reducing glare. Matt is often used for reports, booklets and presentations or business cards.


A gloss coating is a finish that provides a shiny look which results in a higher contrast than other paper. This increases the saturation and provides good protection against rub-off, however it is worth bearing in mind that this is highly reflective and creates glare on the surface.

Soft touch laminate

A soft touch laminate creates a velvety texture and a soft look on the paper, while creating a barrier which is fingerprint resistant. This is best for brochures, direct mail and other print that requires a high quality look and finish.

If you require help on your print jobs or would like more information on the print services we offer, then please go to our contact us page or give us a call on 01832 280032 to speak to our print specialist Adrian Clark.