Bindery and Finishing

CME Printing provides you the power of exactitude. We understand and value the dedication that is invested in the design and print process. We strive for nothing less than magnificence, therefore the same commitment must be in finishing. We produce full service bindery in-house and maintain complete control. Our master craftsmen are deliberate, implementing every detail with pride. Whether it be a custom die cut or parallel fold, all details are adhered to with precision.



Cello Finishing

Cello Finishing is short for celloglazing. A thin plastic film is applied on top of the printing to seal, protect and finish it. Both gloss and matt cello can be printed either double or single sided.


Creasing/Scoring is when your printing needs folding, creasing is important to ensure your sheets don’t split. It’s the internal delamination of a sheet by compression along the line where folding is required. Creasing is usually required when paper is around 200gsm and above.

Custom Handwork

A team of meticulous individuals completes detail oriented pieces with anything from custom kitting to glitter and ribbons. The possibilities are endless and so are our team’s capabilities.


Deboss means to press an image into paper so it lies below the surface. Emboss is the process of pressing an image into paper so it lies above the surface.

Deckle Edge

Deckle edge is more-or-less a paper treatment, as the edge or edges of the substrate is torn giving it a ragged, decorative look. If you’ve had any printmaking classes, you might be familiar with Rag paper; rag paper is high-quality paper that leaves the papermaking machine with is torn edges left as is.

Die Cutting

Die Cutting is the main method of using metal dyes to give paper products specific shapes or designs that can’t be created by a straight cut on a web press or guillotine cutter.


Drilling is a technique used in trade binderies for providing large quantities of paper with round holes. The paper can be processed as loose leafs and in brochures (stitched, perfect bound). The holes usually serve for storage (filing), sometimes for decorative purposes.

Foil Stamping

Foil is a special film-backed material. Foil stamping is the application of foil to paper. A heated dye is stamped onto the foil, making it stick to the surface and leaving the design of the dye on the paper. Combine it with embossing to create a 3D image.


Folding is required when you need to fold your printed document. Printed documents are commonly folded in one of the following ways:

Fore-edge printing

Fore-edge printing is a technique applied to the outside edges of a publication that can give the appearance of color, display words, or create texture (ie: gold or silver).

Gloss Laminating

Gloss Laminating adds a high silk sheen to your document and is commonly used on brochure covers, menus or magazine covers.

Lenticular Printing

With this unique process, normally flat or static images can take on depth and motion. Lenticular printing is an optical illusion created by a plastic sheet covered with rows of tiny lenses.

Each lens on the lenticular sheet has a job to do and that is to magnify the image beneath it. As the viewing angle of the lens changes, a different part of the image is magnified. That is why lenticular images appear to change as the viewing angle changes.

This effect can be a simple flip between two images or show several frames of motion. Since our own world is in 3D, by turning the lenticular lenses vertically, each eye can be shown a different image resulting in 3D. This technique is especially useful for Out of Home campaigns within high-traffic areas.

Matt Laminating

Matt laminating forms a protective coating around your printed document, but it doesn’t have the high shine impact of gloss laminating. Nor does it have the same level of protection as gloss laminating and can show scratches, but it is a popular, premium finish.


Padding is done by joining a specific number of individual sheets or forms together by applying a padding compound along one side of the stack. Every stack usually has a chipboard backer to provide stability to the pad.

Perfect Binding

Perfect Binding is a bindery method where all pages are trimmed to a single sheet. They are clamped together and a cover is wrapped around the spine. The pages are attached to the cover using an adhesive.


Perforation is a ‘half-cut’ that allows parts of a substrate to be easily removed.

Saddle Stitching

Saddle-Stitched is commonly referred to as saddle stapled, is a binding that features one or more staples in the spine of the book or booklet. Saddle-Stitched (stapled) is one of the binding options for PsPrint booklets and catalogs.

Spot Color or Varnish

Spot Color or Varnish is when one or two colors are produced using premixed inks to emphasize headings, borders and graphics and to match colors in logos.


Thermography produces raised printing similar in appearance to engraving, but using a different process for attaining the effect. In thermography, a special powder is added to the ink that is to be printed on the paper. The printed piece is heated, causing the powder and ink mixture to dry, which in turn results in a raised effect on the paper.


Varnish is a colorless coating that can both protect the substrate from wear-and-tear and enhance the look and feel of a design, or specific elements of the design (referred to as a spot varnish), with a glossy, dull or satin finish. Most magazine covers that you buy likely have a varnish applied to them — like the smooth, slippery-like texture that you feel on most magazine covers