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This article will teach you more about the final step in the process of printing your book: the drying.
The final step in the offset printing process is to dry out your bound books. This step is not necessary for digital offset, which is one of the reasons that digital offset offers a faster turnaround. As you see below, all printed books are compactly stacked on top of each other using that pressure to halt pages from warping. This step is especially crucial for hard cover books; due to the moisture added in gluing and lamination, these covers are prone to curving if there’s no pressure to keep them flat while they dry. Book drying may seem like a boring part of the process as opposed to, say, hot foil stamping, but it’s actually a very crucial part of making your book or other printed project both look great and stay durable.
Many printers will have a designated drying room with controlled temperature and humidity settings to ensure consistency in drying. This insures that if you have multiple runs of books, they’ll be consistent in appearance and durability.
With book drying and the end of your printing process comes exciting news – after your project is done drying, it’s time to think about shipping, storage, and fulfillment of your project!