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Ring-bound Manuals

Ring binding is a popular binding method to bring together large manuals and documents as they have a number of advantages over wire binding and perfect binding.

Ring-bound manuals and documents can be laid flat on surfaces for ease of use and are easy to open, meaning that sections can easily be replaced when they become out of date.

After the manuals are printed, they are hole punched and inserted into the binders by hand. Our binders come in various sizes to hold a small manual or a large manual.

Binder Sizes
  • 15mm Binder- Holds up to 100 sheets
  • 25mm Binder- Holds up to 170 sheets
  • 40mm Binder- Holds up to 290 sheets
  • 50mm Binder- Holds up to 370 sheets
  • 65mm Binder- Holds up to 500 sheets
Volume is based on 100gsm stock and is a guide only
Inners Material
Inner Pages Printing
Number of tabs
Binder Type
Quantity Minimum order: 1
Our binders can be overprinted giving a truly professional finish or can be supplied in white with a clear plastic pocket on the front and the spine to personalise the manuals. Tabs can also be added for ease of use when the client needs to go straight to a certain section or chapter in the manual. The binders are sturdy and are a good way of protecting the manual. Ring-bound manuals typically have 4 rings in to hold the pages in securely but are also available with 2 rings.

PDF Files

High resolution (300dpi) files are the best for us to work with. Please see the settings below to get the best quality printing.
  • Resolution: Choose High Resolution
  • Compression Settings - For colour and greyscale this should be downsampled to 300dpi with \\\"auto compression\\\" set on high
  • Font Embedding - Should be set to \\\"embed all fonts\\\"
  • Colour needs to be set as CMYK

\\\"AdobeAdobe Illustrator

Convert all text to outlines and embed all fonts. Save as a PDF file with 3mm bleed and crop marks.

\\\"AdobeAdobe Photoshop

The resolution should be set to 300dpi. Save the file as either JPEG or TIFF. Other files not listed above must be saved either as an EPS or JPEG.

\\\"AdobeAdobe InDesign

All fonts and pictures used in your artwork need to be supplied to us in a separate folder using the \\\"package\\\" function under the \\\"file\\\" menu. Zip your files and folders before uploading or sending to us via e-mail. Please also include a PDF. We can then use the PDF to make sure that nothing is missing or moved.

Artwork Bleed

  • Please supply 3mm bleed around your artwork.
  • Please ensure that the colour is set to CMYK, not RGB.
  • Please provide crop marks around all your supplied artwork.

Microsoft Office Files

We cannot print straight from the following programmes. However, we can save a PDF file and re-send back to you for proofing.
  • Word
  • Excel
  • Publisher
  • PowerPoint
You can save your Microsoft Office files as a PDF yourself if you would prefer. That way you can see exactly what the printed file will look like.

Please note: It is important when supplying a PDF from a Microsoft Office application, that extra care is taken to ensure any spot colours are created correctly in your original document/file.

Please supply a screenshot of your Microsoft Office file before conversion. You can do this by following the instruction below for both Mac and PC.

Mac: Press \\\'Command\\\' + \\\'Shift\\\' + 3 for a full screenshot, or \\\'Command\\\' + \\\'Shift\\\' + 4 to select an area to screenshot. This will save a PNG file to your desktop.

PC: There is a key on your keyboard that says \\\'Print Screen\\\'. You can then paste this into a document or email to send over.

Need Help?

If you are unsure about any of the information above regarding artwork and submitting files for printing, then have a look at our Artwork Guidelines page. If you are still stuck and would prefer to talk to someone then please email us at or speak to one of our team using the online chat.