Welcome back. It turns out there are a lot more than just 5 commonly used terms when talking about Tab Dividers, so we decided to make a part 2. If you haven’t already read part 1, you can do so by clicking here.
Without further ado, here they are:
- Collated – Collating is what turns individual single tabs into a set. So A, B, & C would be considered the single tabs and A-Z packaged together are considered a set.
- Reinforcing – Reinforcing refers to applying a very thin layer of plastic onto the spine of the paper so that when it is punched (3 hole, plastic binding, plastic coil, wire-o, etc), it adds extra strength to the paper so that it won’t tear with usage. The reinforced layer is thin enough to not add any additional bulk to the paper, but strong enough to add the extra durability.
- Feet in vs feet out – No we are not talking about the hokey pokey, feet in and feet out refer to the way the print looks on a tab. If you are reading the text on a tab from top to bottom, then it is feet in (the bottom of the text, or the feet of the text are facing in towards the body). If you are reading the text on the tab from bottom to top, then it is feet out (the bottom of the text or “feet” are facing outwards away from the body).
- Body Print – Think of the paper as your torso and the tab sticking out as an arm. Body print refers to when you want printing not just on the arm, but on your entire torso as well. You might think the tab is what’s important, but if you have all that blank space, why not use it?
- Reverse Print – Reverse print is when you want the text on the tab to be the same colour as the paper, while the tab itself is darker in colour. It’s called reverse print because instead of printing out the text, we print out all the space around it, leaving the text to show up as the colour of the paper. Normally this is seen as a black tab with white text, but can be done with virtually any colour combinations.
Southwest Bindings manufacturers all our Index Tab Dividers in house, so if you ever have a question or request, let us know and we would be more than happy to help.