It’s in the Details, Scoring vs Creasing.

I’m often asked what makes a great print job vs a good print job.  It’s the tiny details that often separates  this fine line. A simple yet very important example of these details is with the scoring and creasing and when applied correctly they have an impact on the finished product.

Many print jobs need to be folded after printing. While some printed papers will fold just fine, others will crack or split on the fold, especially with heavy solid ink coverage.  Not only do paper structures vary with thickness, fiber count, and length of fibers, but the printing process also makes paper less flexible with the addition of inks, varnishes, and coatings.   With all these variables that could effect the finished outcome, how do you know which process is necessary to ensure your print pieces folds flawlessly without any cracking?

The main differences between scoring and creasing is that the  process of scoring reduces paper stiffness and weakens the sheet by creating one stress point for the paper to fold. Sometimes simple scoring will eliminate splitting and fiber cracking, but as paper sheets get heavier, or thicker creasing may be recommended to prevent cracking.  This holds especially true with solid dark coverage.

The process of creasing creates two parallel folding points and is recognizable by the bead created on the inside of the fold. The bead assists with the opening and closing and ensures that there is no cracking on the final product which takes away from the final look.

Still not sure which method is best for your next print job? Let the MGS team help you choose the best options to ensure you project is completed and looks just like you had imagined it.  With over 15 years of printing experience and thousands of print jobs leavening our facility a year our team of experts would be happy to guide you in the proper direction.

Until next time.. Stay Creative