PIPS: Printed Inside Pockets and Spines


Continuous Art Flow Across the Inside for Full Impact

Printed Inside Pockets and Spines (PIPS) is our term for printing on the reverse side of the stock to give complete ink coverage. Use it to ensure that continuous images that cross the spines remain continuous, or so that the inside spines are not white. Say goodbye to white inside spines!

  • Examples of Continuous Images Inside - 4C/4C In between Spines

    Imagine how different these projects would look without the PIPS...they wouldn't have nearly the same visual impact.

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    Most of our packaging has double-layer thickness at the panels. To allow the packages to stay closed, the industry standard is to make the spines one-ply thick. That's what we do, and it's a great solution, but it leaves the spines unprinted.

    With PIPS, we will print on the reverse side of the stock at the spine or inside the pockets, so when constructed the spines will be beautiful! PIPS can be be set up by your graphics specialist if it is included in your project specification.

  • Printing Inside the Pocket - SURPRISE!

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    Our packages are two-ply thick at the panels, but are only one-ply thick at the spines. This allows the spines to move (and so that the front cover of the package won’t always be open when set flat on a table). RIP or PIPS will print on the reverse side of the stock at the spine or inside the pockets, so when constructed the spines will be beautiful! PIPS will be set up by your graphics specialist if it is included in your project specification.

  • Setup of PIPS and Printing the Reverse Side—How It's Done

    Reverse print is not hard to set up for most projects. You simply tell us that you need it and usually we can set it up using your main art. If you need something unique for the reverse print, send it or tell us the color if it's just a flood you're adding.

    Leo needed some elements to span two panels, while the Leo on the pencil loop needed to only appear there, and not be repeated on the spine.

    Jim Capobianco - Leo Softproof of main art

    Note how on the PIPS art, below, there's a narrow strip of ink around the outer edges, as well as between the spines. We do that edge printing with PIPS so that when you view the inner panels on the final assembled piece (which are usually cut slightly smaller than the outer panel), any thin reveal of the reverse side of the stock will match the main art.

    Jim Capobianco - Leo Softproof of PIPS art

    The result is complete coverage, and a very high-end look.

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  • Comes With All digipaks

    PIPS comes with all digipaks, either tall DVD sized digipaks or Standard 5-inch digipaks.

    You can also request it for any of our other packaging styles, at a very reasonable cost.

  • Setting up Special Effects Printing

    Although most professional-level graphics programs allow the use of spot colors, we find that the easier way to create spot effects is to create a new layer (or layers) in the program, then create art in one of the standard process colors. This allows you to work with your CMYK or RGB art without the limitations created with multi-channel files.
    The majority of special effects can be easily set up as separate layers in your favorite graphic design or layout program. Whatever color you use for embossing, have everything that needs the effect in a single color, at 100% ink. Call or e-mail to be walked through the process depending on your program of choice, or have a graphics specialists set up the special effects for you (may incur additional cost). Here are some pages that may help you with ideas:
    Special Printing Effects
    Hot Foil Stamping
    Embossing and Debossing
    Spot UV Gloss
    How to set up Spot Colors
    How to set up PIPS or reverse side printing
    Custom Die Cuts
    Unusual Folds and Shapes
    Metallic Ink printing
    Spot White Ink on Fiberboard Stock
    Special Disc Printing
    Uncoated Paper(Matte)
    Fiberboard Paper (brown, kraft)

    One of our favorite titles for show & tell is the Deva Film Reel as it actually has all of the effects; hot foil stamping, embossing and debossing, spot UV glass & lamination. Be sure to check our the full spec for the special printing effects on Deva's Featured Title page.

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