Did you know you can have custom tabs created for your book project? Whether that’s a training manual, equipment logbook, or technical reference book, custom tabs can make your piece easier to use and give it a unique look.
First off, we’ll need to go over some terminology. The “cut” of a tab describes the number of tabs from top to bottom. So if there are three long tabs, it’s “third cut”. If there are a dozen small tabs, that’s “twelfth cut”. A “bank” of tabs is one set from the top to bottom of the page, and a book can have multiple banks of tabs.
Printers like POD Print can often accommodate many custom cut sizes. If you’re working with a designer to lay out your book, they can work with you on the best cut size for your book. We can even adjust the width of the tab from the edge of the page.
Another term we’ll discuss is “mylar”. This is a thin sheet of transparent, colorful plastic that’s adhered to the tab and can help distinguish sections of your book. Mylar is available in a wide variety of colors to work with any project.
In some custom projects, a luxury option is poly tabs. These are printed on a sturdy polyester version of cardstock that is tear-resistant and can withstand heavier use.
If you’re setting up a document with tabs, remember to keep the design simple, limit the amount of text used (usually up to three short words, or one long word), and choose an easy-to-read typeface. The quicker and more easily your users can read the tab, the better.
POD Print has a long history of working on training material and technical documents and can talk with you about your project to help you decide what options are best for you and fit within your budget. Give us a call today to discuss how we can help make your work shine with custom tabs!
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