Perfect binding is a form of adhesive binding style. This binding option is sometimes called a "soft cover", which is similar to a paperback book binding. It is excellent for books, corporate reports, manuals, brochures, and annual reports. The advantages are: versatile, printable spine, longevity, overall look and visual appeal.
Ultra-violet cured coatings can be applied over ink printed on paper and dried by exposure to UV light. UV coating can be applied on spot locations of the paper or by flooding the page. This coating application can deepen the color of the printed area. A printed page with UV coating applied can be very shiny or flattened to a matte finish.
Saddle-stitching is essentially stapling through the centerfold of a multi-page printed piece. It joins a set of nested folios into a single issue. This method is often used to bind magazines and multi-page newsletters.
Wire-O binding is a method in which the printed paper is punched and inserted onto a "C" shaped spine and then the spine is closed to make it round. Documents that are bound with wire binding will open completely flat on a desk, and allow for 360 degree rotation of bound pages.
Die-cutting is the process that creates unique shapes of substrates. For example, a die-cut magnet would be a magnet in the unique shape of your company logo.
Embossing is the process of applying heat and pressure with die-cut shapes (for the imprint), that fit together and squeeze the fibers of the substrate. The combination of pressure and heat raises the level of the image higher than the substrate, so you can actually feel its shape.
Foil stamping is the application of pigment or metallic foil, often gold or silver, to paper where a heated die is stamped onto the foil, making it adhere to the surface leaving the design of the die on the paper. Foil stamping can be combined with embossing to create a more striking 3D image.