Once you've finished writing, editing, and printing out your document, the time has come for you to choose an appropriate cover for it. There are a few things you'll want to consider when picking out your cover, so you'll be able to select the one that's just right. Let's take a look at your easy guide to Binding Covers:

 

1.) Size

One of the most important considerations is size. You wouldn't use a half-letter size cover for a letter-sized document and vice versa. The one you choose should correspond with the size of your document's pages. Unless you want to utilize index tabs or desire the elegant look rounded corners offer. Those situations will warrant the use of a slightly larger cover.

 

2.) Colour

Your second consideration should be colour. There is a lot to choose from, generally speaking a professional-looking hue is probably the best choice. This is especially true if your company produces many documents that will incorporate your company's name and logo. You can also choose a clear or frosted cover in order to still protect your book while letting the graphics on your front page shine through. Keep in mind if you are working with the court system, different types of law require different coloured covers. So always make sure to double check before you make your choice.

 

3.) Paper weight

The weight of the cover you choose matters to some extent. Many of the ones you can choose from are relatively thick and range from 65 lbs. to 200 lbs. in weight. (A typical piece of printer paper has a 20 lb. weight.) The weight matters because you want to choose something durable so your book's contents will stay in great shape. A more durable stock ensures that your work will look good for a long time no matter how often it's handled.

 

4.) Texture

A lot of the covers you can buy are perfectly smooth, although there are other textures available. These include imitation leather (which looks and feels like leather), linen, grain, soft touch and more. Using textured supplies can make your work stand out, so they're definitely worth some consideration.

 

5.) Customization

Finally, you can decide to go with a customized cover. Some of the options you can choose from include foil stamping (which is excellent for your company's name and logo), windows, and silkscreened printing, just to name a few. If you choose to go this route, the possibilities are endless, and you'll undoubtedly create memorable documents.

 

 

There are also several options when it comes to binding your reports and presentations. If you want to learn more, check out our Blog post on the 7 types of Bindings and when to use them.