Aspect Press Ltd.  

Helpful Printing Terms

Finding it difficult to know what to ask for? Below are some of the print production specifications we often estimate for. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Just get in touch and we’ll help you put a quote together.

The world of printing, finishing, paper and binding is massive. For more printing terminology check out this extensive glossary by the University of California. It’s fascinating! 

Saddle–stitch binding

Loop–stitch binding

Perfect binding 

Did you know Aspect Press has nine different colour stitches that can be used for saddle-stitching? This means the colour of the stitch could match the design or work as a fun highlight colour.  

Stitch colours



Hot–stamp foiling

UV spot varnish

Die–cutting and Packaging

Printing full-colour (CMYK)

Printing Fluorescents

There is certain information we need to know that helps us quickly put a quotation together for you. To help you figure out what that information is we have broken it down into a number of simple questions. Your answers will allow us to give you the most accurate and cost-effective quote. Don’t know the answer to all the questions yet? Don’t worry! We can figure it out together. Just pop us an email

For a Book or Brochure

– How many (single) pages is it going to be? 8? 12? 16? Remember the total number needs to be able to be divided by 4 so it can be bound :)  

– What is the size of the book when closed? i.e. A4, A5 or perhaps a more bespoke size?

– What type of binding do you prefer? Depending on the number of pages and weight of the paper, certain binding techniques are more suitable than others so we’re happy to advice you on this!

For a Poster and other large formats

– What is the size of the poster? A2 or A3? Maybe bigger..! Bespoke sizes are also possible.

– Would you like to print the poster on one side or both sides?

– Is the poster folded down? If so how many folds does it need? After a complex fold? We love those! Feel free to send us a sketch/mock-up if that’s easier. 

For all Printed Matter

– What type of paper would you like? An uncoated paper? A more glossy stock?  Maybe you  need a thicker paper for the cover if its a booklet? We can advise you on the right paper for you!

– Are you printing full colour photographs? Or maybe you only need 1 or 2 colours? Do you love fluorescents? (hint: we do!) or maybe you need some subtle embossing or shiny foiling?

We look forward to helping you with a quotation! Please email Laura for any questions or quotes

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