In the context of printing, a slipcase is a protective box or case into which a book or a set of books is slipped for storage. Unlike a book cover, it is a separate entity from the book itself. A slipcase is typically made from cardboard or other sturdy materials and may be covered with cloth, paper, or leather. It is designed to fit the book or books snugly, offering protection from dust, light, and physical wear.
Slipcases are often used for special editions, collectors’ editions, or high-value books to add a touch of elegance and to help preserve the condition of the book. They can also be used for sets of books, like multi-volume works, to keep them together and protect them as a set. The design of a slipcase can range from simple and functional to elaborate, with decorations and lettering that complement the design of the book or books it contains. Finally, slipcases can be used to store multiple booklets, magazines and catalogs.
Get the best finishing touch for your print project with personalized slipcases!
As a trade printing expert, we take each finishing process very seriously, so that your clients’ demands go beyond their expectations. Here’s an general overview of the slipcase production process:
- Design and measurements: The first step is designing the slipcase and taking accurate measurements of the item(s) it will hold. This is crucial for ensuring a snug fit. The design phase also includes decisions about the type of material, color, and any additional decorative elements like embossing, foil stamping, or printing.
- Material selection: Slipcases are typically made from durable materials like cardboard or chipboard. The thickness and quality of the material can vary depending on the desired durability and aesthetic. The outer material that covers the cardboard can be paper, cloth, or leather, and is often chosen based on the design of the book or item the slipcase will hold.
- Cutting and scoring: The cardboard or chipboard is cut to the required dimensions and scored (a process of creating a crease to facilitate precise folding) where the slipcase will be folded. This step is usually done with a die-cutting machine for accuracy and efficiency.
- Folding and gluing: The cut and scored material is then folded to form the shape of the slipcase. Glue is applied to the necessary areas to hold the shape. This step might be done by hand for small quantities or with automated machinery for larger production runs.
- Covering the slipcase: The outer material (paper, cloth, or leather) is then cut to size and glued to the exterior of the slipcase. This step requires precision to ensure a smooth, wrinkle-free finish. The interior may also be lined with a different material for added aesthetics and protection.
- Adding Decorative Elements: If the design calls for it, additional decorative elements like foil stamping, embossing, or printing are added. This can include logos, titles, artwork, or other designs.
- High quality printing
- Low startup quantity (minimum 500)
- Available on 100% recycled paper
- Available with Glossy and matt finish
- Available in custom sizes