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Top tips for student dissertation printing and binding

Top tips for student dissertation printing and binding

It’s the start of dissertation time again and we’re gearing up to help lots of students to produce stunning dissertations. We know it’s a stressful time, so we thought it would be helpful to pull together a few hints and tips to help make the process as smooth as possible.

  1. 1. Plan and prepare
Pop in to see your chosen printer as early as possible and well before hand in time. This will enable you to see the kinds of binding available and choose the right paper when you’re not under time pressure. There is a range of binding styles available [more information] and lots of different kinds of papers to choose from depending on the finish you’re after, so allow plenty of time to decide on the best for you.

  1. 2. Book in your dissertation
Book yourself in early. This will both ensure that you’ve got a slot for printing, and it’ll mean that you’ve got a clear time to aim for.

  1. 3. Save your document correctly
Most printers prefer you to save your files as PDFs as this will lock everything into place and leaves less margin for error. However always check the PDF before taking it to your printer to ensure it’s saved exactly how you’d like it to appear. Make sure that the PDF is saved as high quality print and not as a low-res proof.

all of the dissertation pages into one document as single pages (ie not as page spreads) in the order that you would like them to appear. If you would like any blank pages, please also insert these into the document.

For more information on how to prepare your text
click here

4. Margins
Allow a 15mm margin from the binding edge, alternating left and right if a double-sided document and keep text and page numbering at least 4mm away from any edge (top right and bottom of page)

If you would like your document finished with a full bleed (ie printed right up to the edge with no white border) please allow 3-4mm of bleed

  1. 4. Allow plenty of time
During the very busy dissertation period, turnaround (depending on the binding style) could be up to three working days so please allow plenty of time!

For further information contact Hayman Graphics on 0115 844 0122
2 Gedling Street, Sneinton Market, Nottingham, NG1 1DS