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If you have not designed a brochure or book for Concertina Bind before, you might be wondering what you need to consider when setting up an artwork for this style of lay flat binding. To help, we have put together a handy guide on how to set up artworks for Concertina Bind.
Read on to find out more, or download a PDF version of our guide.
Concertina Bind artworks are efficient and effective
Are you concerned about the time it will take your designer to learn how to set up an artwork for Concertina Bind? Don’t be!
Designers love how quick and easy it is for them to lay out a design for Concertina Bind!
Our blog post about Concertina Bind explains most of the advantages of this lay flat binding method, but only touches on the many benefits to the brochure’s designer.
Each spread is printed with no interruptions – there is no need to make adjustments for creep, and no need to worry about images or words being lost in the spine. Designing for Concertina Bind is a much faster process than designing for PUR or Saddle Stitch books (and you end up with a more impressive outcome).
Always set up artworks as spreads
One of the biggest benefits of the Concertina Bind method is that each spread of a book is flat and uninterrupted, which means designers don’t need to worry about a spine. To ensure the finished product is flawless, it is important to use spreads when setting up the artwork – there are no single pages used in Concertina Binding.
Make the most of Concertina Bind, by including undisrupted images that span up to 4 pages
Sometimes to make a real impact, a Concertina Bind spread will be printed across 3 or even 4 pages, with the additional pages folding into the book. These spreads are called throw-out spreads. A spread across 3 pages is a 6pp spread, and a spread across 4 pages is an 8pp spread.
So that the throw-out fits neatly within the book, the width of each page of a throw-out spread will need to be adjusted.
Tips for designing throw-out spreads
- The page that the throw-out is attached to should be 1mm shorter (width) than the text size;
- The throw-out page is 4mm shorter (width) than the text size;
- The back of the spread that the throw-out closes over should be blank;
- The back of the throw-out will be printed – this is the page that the reader will see before they open the throw-out – but needs a 5mm bleed to fall over the blank page next to it; and
- Throw-out spreads cannot be followed immediately by another throw-out spread, there must be at least one spread must be between them
Examples of the Concertina Bind artwork layout for different spreads
A standard Concertina Bind spread will be made of two pages:
We recommend making the most of the middle of the page – feel free to center images or text, and don’t worry about keeping important information away from the spine of the book.
A Concertina Bind spread that is across three pages is a 6pp throw-out:
Before opening the throw-out, the reader will see a two-page spread, which they can then open to view a three-page spread.
A Concertina Bind spread that is across four pages is an 8pp throw-out:
Before opening both throw-outs, the reader will see a two-page spread, which they can then open to view a four-page spread.
Guidelines for supplying the artwork
- Artwork: Supply artwork as high-res print ready PDF files, in spreads (not pages)
- Covers: outer covers to be supplied as spreads, including the spine (details of the spine width can be confirmed by Embellishing Group once the stock and final page count have been finalised)
- Text: to be supplied as spreads in one document
- Bleed: 5mm bleed required on outer edges. Items that do not bleed off need to be placed a minimum of 5mm in from the trim
- Borders: borders should be a minimum of 10mm from the trim (or if placed on outer edges 10mm deep & 5mm bleed)
- Embellishments: foils, cutters, Spot UVs and other extra finishes should be specified in the main artwork as a spot colour that has been named accordingly.
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We are here to help
If you are thinking about using Concertina Bind for your next print project, our team are happy to discuss your requirements, to help you get the best results. If you have any questions through the process we are only a call away.
We know that the first time you use a new process can be daunting, but you should be excited to use Concertina Bind! We know that you and your team (especially your designers) are going to love working with Concertina Bind.
Do you have any questions about Concertina Bind? Please contact us, because we would love to show you some samples of this immersive binding technique, and we are looking forward to showing you how Concertina Bind can best be used in your projects.
Visit our inspiration gallery to see some examples of our past Concertina Bind creations, and get some ideas for your next print project!