Some print products require assembly. This is a separate option offered unless you want your items shipped flat or unassembled. Instructions and a demonstrative piece may or may not be included with your order.


Banner Finishing


grommetsGrommetsBrass eyelets that are placed on the edges or evenly spaced on a banner. Typically they are 5/8" in diameter, allowing it to be hung using rope or zip ties.
hemmingHemmingA double stitch hemming adds strength to the edges where stress can begin.
grommets hemmingGrommets & HemmingThe combination of having grommets and hemming extends the life of your vinyl banner by protecting it from fraying.
pole pocketsPole PocketsAllows for rigid poles to be inserted along the edges of the banner. They are created by folding over the vinyl banner on the left and right or top and bottom edges and sewing or heat-welding it together to create the pocket.


comb bindingCombThis binding method uses plastic teeth that are spiraled into a series of tiny holes made within the rim of a stack of pages. This type of binding is typically used for documents such as business reports.
spiral bindingSpiralPopular for notebooks and also called coil binding, a wire is run through the holes in the spine of the page stack.
wire bindingWireSimilar to plastic comb binding, double spiral wires are inserted through the holes along the spine of the document. This binding will allow for a 360 degree rotation of the bound pages and the document will lie completely flat.
wire bindingTapeThis binding method is ideal for documents of 50 or more pages, like annual reports. With tape binding, documents are bound by the application of a cloth tape to the spine of the document for resulting durability and a clean, put together appearance.
wire bindingSaddle StitchThis binding method is when one or more staples are applied in the fold of a signature. The signatures are fanned open with the inside pages facing down on the binder and then stapled together. This usually works with magazines like TIME, or for documents of a similar thickness.
wire bindingStapleThis method staples the upper right corner of your packet to keep the pages of your documents together. Staple binding is often used to bind thin publications like meeting notes or discussion guides.

Binding Color

To distinguish or characterize your document choose between different color binding.



Bleeds refer to printing that goes beyond the edge of the final trim size, usually a quarter of an inch or 1/8" (.125") on all sides. Print that does not have bleeds may have a 1/8" white border around the artwork.


Business Card Slits

business card slits pocket foldersTwo slits on pocket folder pockets which can hold a business card or any 3.5" x 2" or 2" x 3.5" sized collateral. They can be vertical or horizontal, placed on one pocket (right or left) or on both pockets, and are placed in the center of the pocket.




  • UV coating - A clear gloss or dull liquid that is cured with ultraviolet light applied to printed paper to reduce scratching and enhance visual appearance. UV coating gives more protection and sheen than either varnish or aqueous coating.
  • Aqueous coating - A coating that provides a high gloss surface, improves the product durability and offers surface protection from dirt, smudges, fingertips and scratches. This coating is applied on brochures, covers, flyers and any other aids requiring visual enhancement.


Collating refers to the organization of printed material in a document and prints in sets of 1 2 3 rather than 11 22 and 33. These can be segmented using slip sheets.

Not Collated:not collated


1-colorNot printed1/0 (Black & White Front, Blank Back)
Printing color is grayscale on one side.
1-color1-color1/1 (Black & White, Front & Back)
Printing color is grayscale on both sides.
4-colorNot printed4/0 (Full Color Front, Blank Back)
CMYK full color on one side.
4-color1-color4/1 (Full Color Front, Black & White Back)
CMYK full color process on one side, grayscale on the other.
4-color4-color4/4 (Full Color Front & Back)
CMYK full color process on both sides.

Covers & Backs

Cover pages are the very first and very last pages of a document, usually with a distinct paper type that is heavier than the interior paper type.


Die Cutting

Die cutting refers to a finishing option that produces a specific shape, design or cut on a paper substrate. Knife edge cutting blades are formed into a pattern or die and then a machine presses the die into the material to produce the desired shape. Rotary or flat bed die cuts from steel blades are utilized for round cornering, hanger ovals or slits. Perf cutting or perforating is an alternative to die cutting. This process, which uses blades that contain cut and uncut areas, creates a cut out area that remains in place. This is used when a desired section of the print piece is to be removed, but not immediately.

Futura Color's die cutting options include:

  • Perforations
  • Slits
  • Door Hangers
  • Rounded Corners
  • Standard Circles

Direct Mailing

After choosing the mailing option and checking out, send your mailing list to along with your order number.

  • Additional fees will apply for choosing this option.
  • Acceptable mailing list formats include .xl, .xls, or .csv spreadsheet files.
  • The name of the database must be relevant to the print project name.
  • Mailing cost will include mailing list processing, duplicates removal and inkjet addressing.
  • Mailing costs do NOT include postage.
  • Please submit only one mailing list, by formatting all your contacts onto one spreadsheet.
  • Additional costs apply to spreadsheet merging, tabbing and inserting.
  • Turnaround time will be affected with the mailing option. Time depends on list processing, addressing, labeling, list cleansing and postal pre-sorting. Be sure to submit your mailing list at least 3-5 days prior to mailing.

Mailing Costs
Booklets, catalogs and calendars are $35/1,000 plus $150 for set up. All other print products are $25/1,000 plus $95 for set up.
*Mailing cost will include mailing list processing, duplicate removal and inkjet addressing.

Postage Costs
Postage costs are contingent upon the size, weight and thickness of the mailing as well as the service class: first or standard. The total cost of postage will be quoted to you after your mailing list has been processed. An invoice will be sent to you for postage dues. Non-profit postage is available if you have a non profit mailing permit. See the Direct Mail Services section for details.



If you need your print project to fit into a binder or other 3 ring holder, choose this option to drill 3 equally spaced holes alongside the region of the letter format. The distance of the hole's center to the paper edge is a standard 12 mm. For calendars, one standard 1/4" hole will be drilled at the top mid section of each calendar page.



The envelopes for greeting cards come in two standard sizes: A6 or A7. A6 includes measurements of 4.13" x 5.83", while A7 measures to 2.91" x 4.13". The envelopes are blank and contain no printing on them.



Number of grommets placed along top and bottom of banner. The number of grommets selected will be placed along top and bottom of banner.



Documents printed on heavier stock may require scoring prior to folding.

Simple foldHalf Fold
A Half Fold is made by folding a printed page in half. After folding it consists of four panels, two on the front and two on the back.
Letter foldLetter/Tri-Fold
A Letter or Tri Fold is made by folding a printed page in thirds. After folding it consists of six panels, three on the front and three on the back.
Z-fold or accordion foldAccordion/Z Fold
An Accordion or Z fold is made by folding a page in equal parts in front of and behind itself. After folding it consists of six panels for Z fold and eight for Accordion. Z fold consists of three front and three back panels, while the Accordion fold has four front and four back panels.
fold4-Panel Roll
A 4-Panel Roll Fold has 4-panels per side for a total of 8-panels. Two panels are the same size, while panels 3 & 4 are one-eighth and one-quarter of an inch shorter in width respectively. This allows the panels to fold into each other without binding.
Gate foldGate Fold
A Gate Fold is made by folding the ends of a page inward so that they meet in the middle and then folding the folded page in half in the same direction. After folding it consists of eight panels, four on the front and four on the back. The panels on each end need to be slightly narrower than the outer panels so they will fit inside the others when folded.
Double parallel foldDouble Parallel Fold
A Double Parallel Fold is made by folding a page in half and then folding each folded page in half again in the same direction. After folding it consists of eight panels, four on the front and four on the back. The last two panels need to be slightly narrower than the outer panels so that they fit inside when folded.
French fold or right-angle foldFrench Fold/Quarter Fold
A French Fold is made by folding a page in half in one direction and then folding the folded page in half again in the opposite dimension. After folding it consists of eight panels, four on the front and four on the back.


Preserve and distinguish the cover of a document, a lamination can be chosen for any double sided page up to 5ml.



Refers to the distance between the upper left corner to the lower left corner.



Posters or photos can be mounted to a foam core or foam board, which is a very strong, lightweight and easily cut material used for the mounting of photographic prints, as backing in picture framing, 3D design or paintings.


Number of Pockets

pocket folder printingThe number of pockets refers to the number of pockets that a folder has. A pocket folder can have up to two pockets with a 3½° angle dye cut on the edge from the center. We currently offer 3" and 4" high pockets for our pocket folders.



Page Count

The total number of pages including the front and the back of each page as well as the front and the back of each cover page. This is for booklets and catalogs.

  • 8 = Cover & 4 pages
  • 12 = Cover & 8 pages
  • 16 = Cover & 12 pages
  • 20 = Cover & 16 pages
  • 24 = Cover & 20 pages
  • 28 = Cover & 24 pages
  • 32 = Cover & 28 pages
  • 36 = Cover & 32 pages
  • 40 = Cover & 36 pages
  • 44 = Cover & 40 pages
  • 48 = Cover & 44 pages
  • If you would like to print a booklet or catalog with more pages please contact us or to to request a custom quote to receive a quote on your print project.


How many pages are contained in your file for an accurate price quote. See also PageCount for Booklet and Catalog printing.



Also known as stock, paper style, or paper type. The term "substrate" can be interchangeable with "paper", but for Futura Color, Inc. it is used for any product that does not use any paper such as: plastic, foam board, banner material, and canvas.

Paper Weight:

  • the mass of the basis ream (500 or 1000 sheets of paper),
  • the number of sheets in that ream
  • the dimensions of an "uncut" sheet in that ream

Three general paper thickness categories commonly used to describe the basis weight of stationery paper are writing, text and cover weight papers. They are commonly used for a company's matching letterhead, envelope, business cards and other collateral items.

  • Bond Paper - A light-weight stock, also known as Ledger or Writing, which is typically 24 lb. or 28 lb. Bond Weight.
  • Text Paper- Also known as Offset or Book, Text Paper is thicker than Ledger Paper, but not as thick as a Cover Paper. Stationery is usually a 70 lb. or 80 lb. Text Weight.
  • Cover Paper - A Card Stock or Pasteboard paper, known commonly to be used for business cards and greeting cards. They are usually an 80 lb. Cover Weight, although some brands of paper offer cover weight paper that is 100 lb. or heavier.

Paper Type:

  • Coated – Stock that has a surface sealant and relates to sheen: gloss, matte, dull and satin finishes. Works well particularly with photos
  • Gloss – Stock that has a high sheen; most magazines use gloss paper.
  • Dull – Stock that has a smooth surface paper that is low in gloss. Dull coated paper falls between matte and glossy paper.
  • Matte – A non-glossy, flat looking paper stock.
  • Uncoated – Stock that has not been coated with clay or other surface sealants. Cannot be combined with UV or Aqueous coating.


Once you place your order you will have the option of receiving an online proof of your job. The cost for this option is $5 and will delay your turnaround time. Otherwise, choosing the "None" option means you agree to submit and print the proof "as-is". Selecting a hardcopy proof (a tangible, printed proof sent in the mail) will also delay your turnaround.

The proof price is contingent upon each job. Please note that Futura Color, Inc.'s outlined turnaround time presupposes the default option "no proof required," otherwise the same turnaround time begins only after the proof is approved. prindog will pre-flight all files for font, bleed and size errors for each job-with or without a proof request and if any errors are detected, you will be notified.



Refers to the quantity of this item that you wish to order. If you are interested in larger quantities that are not available on our website please contact customer service at (858) 486-1105 for a custom print job quote.


Round Corners

Gives a rounded definition to the four edges of the paper. It is most commonly be used on business cards to give smoothed corners to the card. (1/4" Round Corners)


Shrink Wrapping

A clear plastic shrink wrap is molded to your item, to keep all print components together.



The size of the finished print product.


Slip sheets

Paper dividers between chapters, sections, or stacks.