How do I bind a book with the Fastback Photopress?

posted this on May 24, 2016

Once the photographs, PhotoPress Signature sheets, and endleaves are assembled, the book block is ready to bind. This article will give you simple instructions for binding your document using a Fastback PhotoPress. The process is actually quite easy. Give it a try for yourself and discover the wonderful books that you can create using the PhotoPress.
 

Binding the Book Block1. Remove the book block from the assembly caddy and place face down next to the PhotoPress. Handle the book contents carefully before binding. DO NOT SQUEEZE. Squeezing the book contents can cause the PhotoPress Signature Sheets and photos to stick together prematurely.

2. Open the PhotoPress. The PhotoPress locks automatically if it is idle for more than ten minutes. To unlock the machine, press the Unlock/Move button

3. Starting with the last Signature in the book, turn the Signature over and place it face up in the lower left corner of the PhotoPress platen. Tap the top and the right edge of the signature to ensure that the photos are properly aligned.

4. Continue turning over and placing Signatures in the PhotoPress, tapping each Signature on the top and right sides until all the Signatures and the cover photo have been placed in the PhotoPress.

5. Close the PhotoPress, press the Size Button that corresponds to the size of the book you are binding.

6. Press the green BIND button. The lights will stopping blinking and remain constant until the end of the binding process. When binding larger books, the PhotoPress binding process comprises three unique compression cycles. To ensure the best possible binds, it is important to choose the correct book size. Although there is no substantial difference between the bind times for each size, the pressure distribution does vary.

7. When the binding process is finished, remove the completed book block from the PhotoPress. It is now ready for you to attach the cover.

Adding the Cover

Once the book block is bound, assembling your hard cover book can be done quickly and accurately. After you have bound your book block with a Fastback PhotoPress all you need to do is add the cover and complete for your book. You will use the Fastback Hardcover guide for this part of the process. Actually, the process for binding a photobook with the PhotoPress is the same as it is for binding a hardcover or photo book with any of the other fastback systems. There are five simple steps for adding your cover.

1. Measure the pages of your book using your Hardcover Guide to determine the right size of cover for the project

2. Place your PhotoPress Photobook Hardcover into the hardcover guide. Peel back the narrow portion of the liner on the right side of the cover exposing the glue.

3. Use the stops on your hardcover guide to align your book and press it firmly into the adhesive. Make sure that the window on your endleaves will line up with the window on the cover before you do this since it will be very difficult to remove the book block once it has made contact with the adhesive.

4. Carefully lift up the contents of your book, peel back the rest of the liner on the right side of the cover and press your book into the adhesive. Your right endleaf will now be firmly attached to the photobook cover.

5. Finally, remove the rest of the release liners and bring the rest of the book block over to fasten the left side of the book into the adhesive. The guide should help you to keep your book straight using the purple stops. Press the endleaf firmly into the adhesive and then rub both endleaves to make sure that your book is securely bound.

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