Printing 101: Spine Creep – A horrible spine disease or a layout tip?

Welcome to our Printing 101 series – these blog entries will be geared to discussing print terms, hacks, processes and design tips.


So “spine creep”, what is it? Some kind of horrible disease you wouldn’t want to get?


No, spine creep (or page creep) is where a saddle stitched project’s centre-most pages stick out further along the trim edge. So, if you have a 16-page saddle stitched document on an 80lb text stock, nothing to really worry about. But if you have a project with heavy stock or something more than 24-pages, your centre-most pages will stick out further than the cover and when the final trim is done, they will be short trimmed. You will lose some information within your layout on those centre- most pages unless you adjust your margins to account for this.


Here is a visual:

Frustrating phenomena that can sometimes be solved in your layout program (or sometimes by prepress). General rule of thumb is if you have a lot of pages and you are choosing saddle stitching it’s best to keep the creep in mind and keep page numbers or other content that may be near the trim clear of that edge. 



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Have a Holly Jolly Christmas!

It’s that time of year – egg nog, jellied salad, ugly sweaters…


We always look forward to working with you, but at Christmas we like to take some time to spend with family. So, it will be regular business until Fri Dec 22nd - then closed the week of Christmas – reopening Tues Jan 2nd. We’ll be back refreshed, 5lbs heavier and ready to take on the New Year.


From the entire Direction Team - Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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Change is good!

Hello! Welcome to the new – Grab a coffee and stay a while...


We have worked to incorporate more content about who we are, what we do and more importantly what we can do for you and your business! Our new site obviously lets you read all about our company and the services we offer, but we’ve now added additional resources and specials that will be updated regularly, so check back to see what the current deals are.


We’ve also added a blog where we will post what’s new at Direction, explain a print term or process to expand your print knowledge or just report in on something new and exciting within printing. Or a killer chili recipe, you never know what will pop up…


Thanks to all our current clients for choosing Direction and we look forward to meeting some new faces and showing you The Direction Difference!

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