John Kealey / NYC-CA / Photographer

3-Piece Portfolio and Custom Slipcase built for Photographer John Kealey. The 3-Piece style Portfolio is a great choice of you want to include a dynamic color in your portfolio presentation. John’s 3-piece spine is covered in Sky-Blue Linen.

3-Piece Portfolio and Custom Slipcase

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Douglas Levy / / Photographer

Full-Case Portfolio and Custom Slipcase built for New England Photographer Douglas Levy using fabrics from our sleek new line of Euro Buckram fabrics.

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“I couldn’t be happier or more impressed, with both the final product and the entire design experience. Scott and his team do unbelievably high quality work and I’m excited to show off my book for years to come.” -Douglas Levy

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Michael Hart / Houston / Photographer

Michael Hart came to Mullenberg Designs to build a Print Portfolio for his dynamic photographic work. Inspired by his representation of movement and energy we decided to include some images of the making of his 3-Piece Portfolio and Custom Slipcase.

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Michael Hart / Houston / Photographer

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Laurie Proffitt / Chicago / Photographer

Fresh and Clean were the words on the table when we pulled together the Portfolio Design for Chicago-based Food Photographer Laurie Proffitt.

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Laurie Proffitt / Chicago / Photographer

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Selecting the Right Paper for your Portfolio

Looking for the right paper for your new Print Portfolio?

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Check out these helpful sources:

Pre-scored and Pre-drilled Paper at Pinazangaro: What is really great about this paper option is the trimming, scoring and punching is done for you. The Lasal paper is a lovely double-sided matte paper with a smooth finish. If you are planning on printing any full-bleeds this paper may not be an option for you.

Moab Paper has many great paper options, the Entrada Rag is a beautiful cotton rag paper with a rich surface that really holds your ink. The Chinle line offers this paper in a Pre-scored and Pre-drilled option.

Hahnemühle Paper offers a gorgeous array of Digital FineArt paper to peruse with choice of grain direction.

Looking for a Professional Printer? Look at our Printing: Creating Your Content blog post.

Prepping prints for your Portfolio:

Trimming, Punching, Scoring & Hinging

Trimming:

The final trim of your page: When considering your final paper trim, take into account your art board (e.g. 11h x 14w landscape) and add an extra 3/4″ on the left side of the page, which would make your final trim for an 11 x 14 landscape image, 11″h x 14 3/4″w.  This extra 3/4″ on the left side of the page is where the holes are punched for the post binding and is hidden in the binding.

We recommend if you’re printing full-bleeds that you print on oversize paper with crop marks and extend your bleeds 1/8″ past the crops.  For example, if you’re printing 11h x 14w full-bleed images, we suggest printing on 13 x 19 paper, and extending your bleeds on the top, bottom, fore edge and into the gutter 1/8″.  This assures when final trimming that there will be no hairline white lines.

Punching:

All of our portfolio books are built with a hidden screw post binding making it easy for you to add and remove images. If you are not using a pre-scored/drilled paper, you will need to punch holes in your pages that line up with the binding. We will send you a page template as a reference for punching your own pages, including a couple score references, we score twice from the left edge of the page at 7/8″ and 1″. You can get a hand held punch at Talas we suggest the 1/4″ drive punch.

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Scoring vs. Hinging

Scoring & Hinging: scoring or hinging your prints helps your portfolio pages turn with ease and lay flat in your new portfolio.

Scoring:

Scoring works great for matte papers. Scoring is the process of making a line or depression in your paper to help create a fold. This gives your pages a memory to fold at the spine and helps your pages turn with ease and lay flat in your portfolio book. To encourage a scored page to lay flat, we recommend once the book is loaded to turn each page and run your palm down the gutter to begin giving these scores a new memory. We typically score the pages twice at 7’8″ and 1″ from the spine/left side of the page. If you are printing full-bleeds, the scores will live on top of the image.  Scored pages work beautifully for trucking images across the gutter as there’s no break in the image.

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Hinging:

Hinging is the option to go with if you are printing on a luster or satin surface. Scoring will crack the emulsion on these papers and ruin your print. To hinge a page we add 1 1/2 inch strips of fabric to the spine side of your page. There are hinges available commercially as well if you want to do it yourself! Check out these hinges from Pinazangaro. Hinging your pages allows for ease in turning your pages and your prints will lay exquisitely flat in your portfolio book. The drawback with hinged pages is you can’t successfully truck an image across the gutter as there will be a break in the image.

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Style: 3-Piece or Full Case Portfolio?

Mullenberg Designs offers Portfolio books in 2 distinct styles. The 3-Piece and The Full Case style Portfolio. We often get asked which one we recommend; What are the advantages of one over the other? Well, we love them both. They cost the same and are both built with screw post bindings making them equally easy to get into, to add or remove images.

So how do you choose one? Here are some images and features of both styles to help you with this important decision.

The 3-Piece:

As its name suggests the 3-Piece style Portfolio is built in three separate components: a front cover, back cover, and a separate spine. The separate spine piece allows you to add a splash of bold color to your exterior design without an additional cost.

The Full Case:

The Full Case style Portfolio has the look of a traditional bound book. It is built in one piece with an interior spine component. This streamlined style can be customized with a 2 fabric cover.

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iPad Presentation case built for photographer Tad Saddoris by Mullenberg Designs

Tad Saddoris / MN / Photographer

Minneapolis photographer Tad Saddoris had us update and personalize his iPad presentation with this iPad case w/ mag flap. The case is covered in a steel metallic leatherette fabric with a color block of bold red fabric covering the magnetic flap enclosure and interior slipcase.

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Tad Saddoris / MN / Photographer

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Cover Materials: Color, Texture & Finish

At Mullenberg Designs we offer a wide array of cover materials to customize your Portfolio Presentation. We separate our cover materials into three categories: Coated, Uncoated and Leatherette.

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Coated: These ‘coated’ fabrics are 100% cotton. They are durable and have a contemporary look and feel. They are treated with an aqueous coating making them stain and mildew resistant and easy to clean with the wipe of a damp cloth. These fabrics pair nicely with either the Uncoated or Leatherette fabrics.

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Uncoated: These high quality, 100% rayon book cloth fabrics have a natural finish. They offer the look and feel of linen and come in a variety of colors. Note that the lighter colors are more vulnerable to staining so we recommend using them for interior cover materials. These fabrics pair nicely with the Coated and Leatherette fabrics.

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Leatherette: A polyurethane cover material with a look and feel of calfskin. Durability and easy clean-up make this fabric a great choice for a cover material. These fabrics pair nicely with the Coated and Uncoated fabrics and take a beautiful blind deboss.

Mixing and Matching Fabrics

Changes in fabric texture and color can make for a dynamic Portfolio Presentation. Check out these awesome fabric and color combinations:

 

For a more understated Portfolio Presentation consistency in Cover Materials is key. Check out these elegant solutions:

 

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Find out more about the different styles of Portfolios we build: Portfolio Style: 3-Piece or Full Case?

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Photographer Bryan Johnson Portfolio Presentation Hand-Built by Mullenberg Designs

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Wedding and Life Photographer Bryan Johnson’s Portfolio and Slipcase Presentation reflect his clean sophisticated sensibility. His Full-Case style Portfolio is covered in Cialux Seafoam with his Slipcase covered in Cialux Moss Green. These 2 colors compliment each other with earthy richness.

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