Where do you deliver?2019-01-15T14:14:15+10:00

We deliver to customers all across Australia, and anywhere in the world if required!

Where do I get a hard copy statement?2019-01-15T15:50:06+10:00

If you would like a hard copy statement mailed, simply contact us with your enquires or inform your Account Manager. Our Accounts Officer will change your statement to post delivery.

Where are you based?2019-01-15T14:15:49+10:00

Our head office, where the bulk of our manufacturing is done, is in Knoxfield, Victoria. We have also have a sales office in New South Wales.

What’s the cost of freight?2019-01-15T15:02:43+10:00

We include delivery to one metro location anywhere in Australia with every catalogue order. However, if your job needs to be delivered with a quicker turnaround time, to multiple locations or something out of the ordinary then additional charges may apply.

Not to fear though – all these options are included in our freight calculator tool within the online ordering system, so you can see all costs associated before proceeding.

What is a gate fold?2019-01-15T16:02:36+10:00
A gate fold is created by folding the ends of your printed page into the middle so they meet and then folding this folded page in half in the same direction. Your eight page brochure opens just like a gate!
What is a double parallel fold?2019-01-15T16:05:10+10:00
A double parallel fold is created by folding your printed page in half and then in half again in the same direction, so the folds are parallel to each other. The result is an eight panel or page brochure – four on the front and four on the back.
There is also a back opening variation, which is similar to a standard double parallel – but the second fold is folded in the opposite direction to the first. Sounds confusing? We fold your printed page in half and then in half again, but in the opposite direction.
What is a 8 page Z fold?2019-01-15T16:00:08+10:00
An 8 page Z (concertina) fold is made by back and fourth folds creating a pleated or concertina effect. You’ll finish up with an eight panel or page brochure – four on the front and four on the back.
What is a 8 page roll fold?2019-01-15T15:54:25+10:00
An 8 page roll fold folds your printed page inward at one end and then inward again – three times in total. Once we’re done, your brochure has eight panels or pages – four on the front and four on the back.
What is a 6 page Z fold?2019-01-15T15:53:40+10:00
A 6 page Z (concertina) fold is created by folding equal parts of a printed page infront and behind itself. Each fold opens in the opposite direction to its neighbour – giving a pleated or concertina effect. Your brochure will have six panels or pages – three on the front and three on the back.
What is a 6 page roll fold?2019-01-15T15:52:43+10:00
A 6 page roll fold is made by folding your printed page into thirds, we fold it inward in the same direction not once, but twice. You’ll get a brochure with six panels or pages – three on the front and three on the back.
What is a 12 page Z fold?2019-01-15T16:01:57+10:00
A 12 page Z (concertina) fold is made by back and fourth folds creating a pleated or concertina effect. You’ll finish up with an twelve panel or page brochure – six on the front and six on the back.
What is a 12 page roll fold?2019-01-15T15:59:23+10:00
A 12 page roll fold folds your printed page inward at one end and then inward again – six times in total. Once we’re done, your brochure has twelve panels or pages – six on the front and six on the back.
What is a 10 page Z fold?2019-01-15T16:00:47+10:00
A 10 page concertina fold is made by back and fourth folds creating a pleated or concertina effect. You’ll finish up with an ten panel or page brochure – five on the front and five on the back.
What is a 10 page roll fold?2019-01-15T15:58:46+10:00
A 10 page roll fold folds your printed page inward at one end and then inward again – four times in total. Once we’re done, your brochure has ten panels or pages – five on the front and five on the back.
What happens to my delivery if I’m not home?2019-01-15T14:20:37+10:00

We can not leave your print package at a residential address for safety reasons. Our couriers require a signature for proof of delivery. It’s best to have your order delivered to a business address.

What days do you dispatch orders?2019-01-15T14:56:24+10:00

Every weekday – Monday to Friday (also known as ‘business days’ or ‘working days’).

What are your finishing options?2019-01-17T13:20:16+10:00

Printing is only half the story. Finishing touches can make all the difference and Whirlwind offers a wide range of finishing options that will help bring print jobs to life.

From sealing varnishes on all coated stocks, scoring wheels on folding machines, single or double sided laminate to 2D Super Gloss UV, these and more finishing services are all offered. With 5 Stahl folders, a new Delta laminator and its 5th guillotining machine, Whirlwind is a leading company in terms of press and finishing capabilities.

Whirlwind offers the following finishing processes: guillotining, binding, folding (A7 to A1), laminating, creasing, forme cutting, perforating, padding, gluing, gumming, drilling, round cornering, embossing, shrink wrapping, collating, mounting, numbering, and saddle stitching. And these are just a few examples of how we go that little bit further to provide our customers with the best possible results.

Our extensive onsite suite of finishing equipment deliver first class quality and speed over an extensive range of print finishing options.
These machines include:

  • 5x Polar 137 guillotines
  • 2x Laminators – Delta and Paper Plast
  • 5x Folders. 3x A1 All buckle, 2x A2 All buckle, 1x Digi fold (up to 420gsm)
  • 2x Stitchers. Muller Martini 6 (min 110x100mm) and Osaka 6 (up to A3)
  • 4x Cylinders/Platens. Cylinder 54×72, Cylinder 54×77 and 2x Heidelberg Platens
  • 1x MGI JETvarnish 3DS digital spot varnish, embossing and hot foil stamping

Other equipments include shrink wrappers, DCM scoring machine, drilling, round cornering and die punching.

What are your booklet binding options?2019-01-17T13:12:38+10:00

Select the correct binding option might be confusing, especially with the various methods available and what method is sufficient for your printing requirements. This hopefully can provide some clarification on which binding method to choose:

Saddle stitching
Used for booklets with a small number of pages.

Burst binding 
Used for booklets with coated pages.

Perfect binding
Used for booklets with uncoated pages.

PUR binding
Used for both coated and uncoated pages.
PUR is a strong glue that applied to books are used frequently and may need to last for longer periods of time. PUR is used when standard burst or perfect binding cannot offer the extra durability that PUR can offer.

Section sewing
Section sewing is the next step up from PUR binding and is used for books are frequently used and may need to last for longer periods of time.  Section sewing offers a more durable finish than PUR (an example of a section sewn book is a street directory.)

If saddle stitch isn’t an option due to the thickness of the book, then it is likely that one of these option will be your next choice.  It is important to ask these two questions when deciding which binding option you will choose:

  • How frequently will the book be used?
  • How long does the book need to last?

Based on the answers, we will make recommendations to which binding option is appropriate for your book. Learn more about Whirlwind finishing capabilities.

What are these monthly statements Whirlwind Print send to me?2019-01-15T15:51:04+10:00

Invoices are issued once your job is complete and your statement is processed on the first day of every month. Both will be emailed to your nominated contact.

On these invoices and statements, we will list the relevant information regarding your print job, including job number, job description, job quantity, your reference (if provided), account code, payment details and accounts contact.

Please use the BPAY Biller Code on your statement as a reference number on your deposit transaction.

What are the benefits of a Whirlwind Account?2019-01-15T15:48:13+10:00

When you have an account with us this means you can place your print orders and have the jobs delivered to you or your client, then an invoice statement will be emailed to you for payment.

Proofing Guide2019-03-29T12:44:51+10:00
Printing Glossary2019-01-17T13:28:26+10:00


Against the Grain – Used to describe the direction of the grain on paper. Against the grain is at right angles to the grain direction being used, as compared to with the grain.

Align – Lining up characters and images on a document using a base or vertical line as a reference point.

Amendments/alterations – Changes made to the copy after it has been set.

Anti-offset powder – A fine powder that’s sprayed over the printed surface of coated paper as it leaves the press, this prevents set-off.


Backing up – To print the second side of a printed sheet.

Bitmap – A digital graphic image formed by tiny squares called pixels. The more pixels in an image, the clearer it appears.

Binding – This is the process used to keep your books and booklets together. There are many different methods of binding; the most commonly used are saddle stitch, perfect, PUR and burst bound.

Black – The colour of maximum darkness. For CMYK printing, you will get the deepest black possible by adding 30 – 50% cyan to 100% black. There is no other combination that produces a better black.

Blanket – A rubber coated fabric sheet that’s mounted on a cylinder of an offset press. It receives the inked image from the plate and transfers it to the surface to be printed.

Borders – A margin around the edge of artwork. We recommend that all borders are more than 3mm wide on the trim edges.

Burst binding – Burst binding is similar to perfect binding, however it is more durable. The spine of each section is perforated during the folding process. Glue is then pushed up between the perforations during binding and the cover drawn on. Burst binding is used for books and booklets with multiple pages.


Caliper – The measurement for the thickness of a sheet of paper or board, expressed in microns or millionths of a metre. It’s also the name of the tool used to make the measurement.

Celloglaze – also known as cellosheen, this is a plastic film heat bonded to printed products such as booklet covers or business cards. It can be either gloss or matt and can be applied to either both or just one side of an item.

Centring – Each file should be placed into a picture box and auto-centred, so the centre of your artwork is the centre of your trim.

Chalking – A powdering effect left on the surface of the paper after the printing process is complete. It’s the result of ink not drying properly and due to a fault in printing.

Coated – Printing papers that have had a surface coating to give a smoother, more even finish with greater opacity.

Cold lamination (gloss or matt) – Uses pressure sensitive adhesives to bind the film to the material being laminated. This is your best option when you are laminating heat-sensitive work.

Collating – The process of arranging your printed and/or other materials into a desired sequence and packing them for dispatch.

Colour mode – Colour mode/space/model must be CMYK (NOT RGB).

Colour separation – The process of separating a continuous tone colour into the four process colours for print production.

Concertina fold – A method of folding where each fold opens in the opposite direction to its neighbour, giving a concertina or pleated effect.

Corner marks – Marks printed on a sheet to indicate the trim.

Crash fold – Folding a document more than once, subsequent folds fold over previous folds. For example, an A3 sheet folded to A4 and then crash folded to DL for mailing.

Crease – An indent made in paper to make folding easier.

Creep – When the middle pages of a folded booklet extend slightly beyond the outside pages.

Cyan – The blue colour used in four-colour process printing.

CMYK – The abbreviation for cyan, magenta, yellow and black. The colours used in our full-colour printing process.

CTP – Computer-to-plate, a process of printing directly from a computer onto the plates used by a printing press, it eliminates the need for a separate film-to-plate exposure system.


Debossing – An inverted form of embossing. An image or decoration is recessed into the paper, so it’s lower than the paper surface.

Densitometre – An electrical instrument used to measure the density of a printed ink colour.

Digital printing – Printing by a plate-less imaging system. Printed sheets are produced directly from a computer file without being transferred onto printing plates. Perfect for small printing volumn, variable data, print on demand & personalised printing.

Digital proofing – The final hard copy view of your artwork before it hits the press and your final chance to make changes. Digital proofing incurs an extra charge and is not compulsory.

Direct mail, fulfilment and mail merges – Common mail distribution techniques. Our distribution services range from small mail merges and lodgements, through to fully automated ordering and distribution of large print orders to multiple locations across Australia.

Distiller job options – When creating a PDF only use Adobe Acrobat Distiller. Whirlwind’s distiller settings (job options) can be obtained by downloading them from this website Download the setting compatible to your operating system. Once you un-compress and launch the version compatible to your machine it will be set up. You only need to do this once.

Dot Gain – The apparent increase in dot size, or tone value, measured on the press sheet compared with the size specified in a digital file or measured on the film separations. The increase is both optical and mechanical and varies with the type of paper and line screen being used. Dot gain is higher with uncoated paper or newsprint.

Drilling – The process of drilling holes in printed material.

Dummy – A mock-up made to resemble the final printed product using the planned grade, weight and colour of paper.

Dust – Small paper particles that accumulate on the blanket of a printing press. These paper particles can cause spots or hickeys on printed material.

DPI (dots per inch) – The measurement of resolution for page printers, phototypesetting machines and graphics screens.


Embossing – A process which produces images or decorations that are raised above the surface of the paper.

Embedded fonts – A process that allows fonts to be viewed by all computers – even if they don’t have the same font installed. Essential for printing.

Encapsulation – hot reverse and cold front (gloss or matt) – The covering and sealing of your print work.

External bleed – When an illustration or image is extended beyond the edge of the page. Whirlwind requires a 3mm external bleed – anything that touches an edge must be extended a further 3mm past it. This allows for a small amount of movement in the printing process.

EPS – Encapsulated Postscript File, a vector-based, computer graphics file format. EPS is the preferred format for many computer illustrations because of its efficient use of memory and colour control.


Finishing – Any process that follows printing, including folding, stitching, binding, laminating.

Folding – When a printed document requires folding for completion, for example A3 folded to A4 or A4 folded to A5.

Four-colour process – Printing using four colour separation plates – yellow, magenta, cyan and black. The inks are translucent and can be combined to produce a wide range of colours.

FTP – File Transfer Protocol, a method of transferring files from one computer to another over the internet without using email.


Gloss cello – A clear, shiny finish that brings out and emphasises colours. It makes images look brighter, adds definition and radiance.

Gluing – a permanent method of fixing multiple items together.

Guillotine – A machine used to trim stacks of paper. The guillotine-cutting blade moves between two upright guides and slices paper evenly as it moves down.

Gumming – Similar to gluing, however it is not permanent. The gum becomes sticky when wet.

GIF – Graphics Interchange Format, a highly compressed file format ideal for simple graphics with limited shading or colour variation. GIF format files of simple images are often smaller than if they were stored in JPEG format, but GIF format doesn’t store photographic images as well as JPEG. GIFs shouldn’t be used for files to be printed on an offset printing press.

Green Printing – Green Printing is printing in a way which is environmentally friendly. This involves the use of more natural inks, recycled papers and energy conservation.

GSM – Grams per square metre, a standard measure of the weight of paper.


Halo effect – When excess ink piles up around the outside edges of printed material. This causes the centre ink to seem lighter.

Hickies – Dust or paper particles sticking to the printing plate or blanket. These appear on the printed sheet as dark spots surrounded by a halo.

Holdout – A paper characteristic that prevents the stock from absorbing ink, allowing it to dry on the surface of the paper. A stock with better holdout results in a sharper image.

Hot spot – A printing problem which is caused by a piece of dirt or an air bubble interfering with plate making, leaving a weak area of ink coverage or significant dot gain.


Image area – Any part of the design to be printed, stamped or embossed.

Imposition – The arrangement or layout of pages on a printed sheet.

Impression – Refers to the number of plates hitting the press sheet.

Internal bleed – Whirlwind requires 3mm of internal bleed or type area. We recommend that you keep your important information at least 3mm in from the trim to allow for a small amount of movement in the printing process.

ICC – International Colour Consortium, established by the printing industry to create, promote and encourage the standardisation of colour.

ICC Profiles – Standard guidelines for colour management. The profile allows one piece of software or hardware to “know” how another device created its colours and how they should be interpreted or reproduced.


Jog – To align sheets of paper into a compact pile before they go to the guillotine for trimming.

JPEG – Joint Photographic Experts Group, a file compression format that allows high quality full colour or grey-scale digital images to be stored in relatively small files.


Key colour – In CMYK, the colour black is the key colour and represented with a K.

Knife, forme cut or die cut – The process of cutting paper and card into different shapes after it has been printed. We can create just about any shape you can imagine.


Laminate – A thin transparent plastic coating that is bonded to paper or board by heat and pressure. This provides protection, as well as a matt or gloss finish.

Laser printing – A method of printing that uses a laser beam to produce an image on a photosensitive drum.

Line screen – The resolution of a halftone, expressed in lines per inch (lpi). Whirlwind’s line screen ruling for offset print is 175lpi with the exception of 100gsm laser bond, which is 150lpi. Large format printing has no line screen.

Lithography – A printing process based on the principle of the natural aversion of water to oil. The printing plate is treated chemically when being made so that the image will accept ink and reject water.


Machine glazed – Uncoated paper with a polished finished on one side only.

Machine varnish – A thin, protective coating applied to a printed sheet to reduce marking or scuffing.

Make ready – All of the work done to set up a job, before beginning a press run.

Matt cello – A non-reflective varnish applied to a printed surface to protect it. A matt cello has a slightly granular look and tends to make colours look more vivid.

Mounting – The best way to make your poster stand out is to secure it to another surface. We mount posters on a range of different materials.

  • Foamcore – A lightweight board made of rigid plastic foam
  • Corflute – A hollow fluted plastic board manufactured from lightweight extruded polypropylene.
  • Gatorfoam – A rugged, durable board with an exceptionally hard and smooth surface that resists dents and punctures.
  • Screenboard – A board with high rigidity and dimensional stability.


Numbering – Printing sequential numbers on your printed material, from event tickets to limited edition series. Numbering can be printed in a number of different fonts and in black or red ink.


Offset – A printing method that transfers an image from an inked plate onto a rubber blanket covered cylinder and then onto the printed surface.

Overprinting – The process of printing over an area that’s already printed. Used to emphasise changes or alterations.


Pantone – The name of an ink colour matching system, created by Pantone Inc of USA.

Parallel fold – A method of folding where two folds are parallel to each other. Two parallel folds produce a six-page sheet.

Perfect binding – Whirlwind stacks single sheets of paper together, applies an adhesive to the binding edge and then wraps a cover around the pages. This binding method can be used on booklets and books that are greater than 35 pages.

Perforation – A line of punched holes that allow a sheet of paper to be torn or folded accurately. You might also hear it called a perf.

Pixel – A coloured dot that makes up an image on a computer or television screen.

Preflight – in digital prepress this is the test used to used to analyse or evaluate every component needed to produce a high quality print job. The process helps reduce the likehood of rasterisation problems and the subsequent production delays that they cause.

Primary colours – The three main colours in the printing world from which all other colours are created, cyan, magenta and yellow.

Printing plate – The surface that carries an image to be printed.

Proof – Also called Epson Proof, a representation fo the colour.

PDF – Portable Document File, a type of formatting that enables files to be viewed on a variety of computers regardless of the program used to create them. PDF files retain the “look and feel” of the original document.

PMS – Pantone Matching System, a standard that creates different ink colours by mixing inks with a minimal amount of base colour. A process guide shows how Pantone spot colours will appear when converted to process colours (CMYK).

PPI – Pixels Per Inch, a measurement describing the size of a printed image. The higher the number, the more detailed the image will be.


Quickset – Lithographic inks are designed to obtain a tack-free state as soon as possible after printing to minimise the chance of setoff.


Raster Image – Electronic representation of printable data using a grid of points called pixels. Each pixel contains a defined value about its colour, size and location in the image – this enables us to print, picture perfect.

Resolution – The number of pixels in an image. The more pixels, the higher the resolution and the better the picture. For a good quality print result, colour and gray scale raster images (pixel-based/scans) should be 300dpi (maximum 350dpi). Mono raster images (bitmaps) should be 1200 dpi maximum.

Roll fold – A fold that keeps rolling onto itself.

RGB – Red, Green, Blue, a model for describing colours that are produce by emitting light rather than absorbing it. They are known as additive colours because when they are added together they create all colours. RGB colours are what you see on your computer screen, these must be converted to CMYK for printing.

RIP – Raster Image Processor, a production device used to convert a digital file into a raster image. The raster image is the electronic representation of printable data.


Saddle stitch – A form of binding commonly used by Whirlwind to create books and booklets from 8 to 64 pages. The book or booklet is stapled through the middle fold of its sheets using saddle wire.

Scoring – Making a line or a crease in paper or board so that it can be folded cleanly. Scoring is recommended when you require folding on stocks heavier than 150gsm. It minimises cracking of the ink and paper at the edge of the fold.

Scumming – A common printing problem that occurs when the non-image areas of the plate take on some ink. This often causes streaks on printed material.

Section – A printed sheet that is folded to make multiple pages. Multiple sections are placed together to make up a book. Individual sections are either saddle-stitched or perfect bound together.

Set off – A printing problem that occurs when wet ink from the printed side of the sheet transfers to the back of the sheet above it.

Sheet fed – A printing press that prints single sheets of paper, rather than printing from reels of paper.

Slurring – A printing problem caused by paper slipping during the impression stage. It causes smearing of the image.

Spot colour – A colour that’s not produced with our standard four-colour process, the colour is printed using ink made exclusively. It’s used when you require a very specific ink colour.

Spot varnish – Varnish is applied to a particular spot on your printed material – not the whole thing. It creates a shiny effect on just this spot and nowhere else.

Stock – The general term for any paper or board that is used as a printed surface.

Strike-through – The term used to describe when ink soaks through a printed sheet and shows up on the back of the sheet.

Swatch – A sample of colours or paper stocks.


Transparency – The ability of an ink or coating to allow light to pass through it. Process colours are transparent to allow them to blend and create other colours.

Trapping – A process used in pre press to create an overlap between colours to allow for slight errors in the printing process. All vector elements are automatically trapped in our RIP process, and raster files are not affected.

Trim – Cutting the printed product down to the correct size.

Trim marks – The guide marks on the printed sheet that indicate where you want to cut/trim the printed sheet.

TIFF – Tagged Image File Format, a bitmapped file format used for the reproduction of digitally scanned images such as photographs, illustrations and logos.


Vector graphics – These are images created using mathematical statements that define geometric shapes. You can move, resize, and change the colour of vector graphics without losing quality. Unlike bitmaps, vector graphics are not dependent on resolution so you can scale them to any size without losing detail or clarity.

Viscosity – The properties of tack and flow in printing inks.


Web printing – A web-printing machine accepts that substrate in a large roll (the web), either in lithographic, flexographic, or gravure processes. These are very fast presses and are the most economic for long run and high volume work.

Wet trap – When varnish or ink is printed over wet ink. The application is said to be a ‘wet trap’.

Whirlwind PDF settings – When preparing PDF files for submission to Whirlwind Print, you need to follow the specifications for PDF creation from your layout application of origin. This will ensure your job is printed quickly, problem free and to the highest standard.

WYSIWYG – What-you-see-is-what-you-get (pronounced “wizzywig”). Refers to systems that allow you to preview your print work on screen, the printed page will look the same as the preview.


Z fold – A fold that looks like a Z.

My password doesn’t work!2019-01-15T14:06:38+10:00

Treat your password with care! It’s case sensitive, so remember to enter it exactly how it was registered.

Forgotten your password? Click the “Forgot Password” link on the login page. We’ll ask for your username and then send you out a new password pronto!

My order has arrived, but something’s missing.2019-01-15T14:12:59+10:00

In some circumstances, we may have shipped items from your order separately.

Please contact us and we’ll get it sorted out as soon as possible.

My order has arrived damaged.2019-01-15T14:10:15+10:00

We’re very sorry to hear about this – please contact us and we’ll sort it out.

My order arrived but it’s not at all what I expected.2019-01-15T14:14:31+10:00

Oh no, we’re sorry to hear that 🙁

Contact us, tell us the order number and what the problem is. If we can fix it, we will!

Is my payment secure?2019-01-15T15:34:49+10:00

Yes. We take security extremely seriously, and use the most up-to-date security systems for handling online payments. We never store your credit card information on any of our computers.

I want to place a large order. Will it all ship together?2019-01-15T14:50:55+10:00

We do try to ship whole orders together. If there are any delays or some products take longer to print, we might split it up (but we’ll keep it to a minimum).

I want my job delivered to multiple destinations.2019-01-15T14:55:28+10:00

One point of delivery is always included in our standard quotes.  For multiple delivery addresses, the shipping costs can increase significantly – please contact us to discuss your delivery needs and we’ll work out the most economical options.

I am ordering for my company, but there isn’t a company credit card I can use.2019-01-15T15:39:37+10:00

If yours is a large organisation and you’re placing a large order, we can put your company on account, find out more, get in touch with us.

How do I register online?2019-01-15T14:04:51+10:00

To enable online ordering and quoting you will need an online account.

Registration is easy!  Submit your details and we’ll do the rest.

How do I place an order online?2019-01-15T14:02:56+10:00

Once you have logged into our online ordering system, you have the options to start a new quote by selecting from common products or create a custom quote to meet your print requirements.

How do I place an order offline?2019-01-15T14:02:35+10:00

If you don’t want to order online, you’ll need to complete our Print Order Form to provide us with your details.   Download it here and return a completed Print Order Form to us by email or fax to your Account Manager.

How do I apply for an account?2019-01-15T15:47:16+10:00

To get an account underway you can submit a completed credit application form and send it back to us, we’ll verify the details and get back to you as soon as we can. Please also take a moment to read our Terms and Conditions of Supply.

How can I pay for my print job?2019-01-15T15:33:31+10:00

We accept Visa, Mastercard and American Express for direct payments.

Your payment confirmation will be sent to you once the payment is approved.

Finishing Glossary2019-01-17T13:25:03+10:00

Guillotining allows the trimming of individual sheets or stacks of paper after printing through the use of a cutting-blade. Guillotining is often used to ensure precise cutting when you have multiple items to a page, such as gift vouchers.

Binding refers to the processes by which books and booklets are bound together after printing. Common methods include the saddle-stitch, perfect, and burst-bound techniques.

Folding (A7 – A1)
The process of precisely folding completed print items, which can enhance transportation and presentation. It’s a great time saving option for brochures and other items that would otherwise have to be folded by hand.

Laminating adds a thin, transparent plastic coating to printing products. Laminating has both a protective and aesthetic effect. Not only is this process suitable for small cards and other items, it’s also useful for larger workplace notices, maps and diagrams.

Creasing refers to the creation of an indentation to make folding printing products easier.

Formecutting refers to a process where a blade is shaped and mounted, then pressed onto stock to produce unique shapes, perforations, or creases.

Perforating refers to a process that produces a line of punched holes for a sheet of paper to be torn off or folded.

Pad Printing
Padding refers to a process by which 2D images are printed on to a 3D object. For example, the numbers on a remote control or the letter of a keyboard are produced by a padding process.

Some printed products may require gluing together with adhesive after printing.

Super Gloss UV
Super Gloss UV is the process by which a gloss is applied to selected spots on print products for design or colour-enhancement.


Foiling allows you to imprint foil on printing products to create unique graphics or a shiny appearance. If you wish to add foiling, get in touch to receive a bespoke quote.

Gumming is similar to gluing but unlike gluing, it is not a permanent adhesive option, as the gum becomes sticky when wet.

Drilling creates holes in printing materials, which can be useful for binding or other purposes.

Round Cornering
This process allows you to create round corners on your documents and other print materials for a special aesthetic effect.

Embossing creates images or design features that are raised to stand out above the surface of the paper. It can add a touch of elegance and a sense of professionalism or sophistication.

Shrink Wrapping 
A layer of plastic is applied and shrunk tightly over your print products, for protection and/or for presentation.

Print products can be collated and ordered according to your specification before dispatch.

For better presentation, posters can be mounted on Foamcore, Corflute, Gatorfoam, or Screenboard.

Print and apply sequential numbers for individual print material items that are in sets. Choose from different fonts and ink.

Saddle Stitching 
This is a popular method for binding books and booklets, whereby the sheets are folded and stapled using saddle wire.

Die Cutting and Punching
The die-cutting process allows you to make multiple numbers of the same shape from a specially shaped blade, much like a cookie cutter.

Burst Binding
Burst binding involves a process in which the spine of each section of material is perforated and adhesive is applied to the perforations.

Perfect Binding
Perfect binding does not use stitching, but utilises an adhesive-based process that glues together the binding edges and cover.

PUR Binding 
PUR binding uses a polyurethane reactive adhesive for the process, so your bound item can be laid flat without springing closed.

Can you deliver straight to my client?2019-01-15T15:04:49+10:00

We will deliver your print products wherever you want us to!  All you need to do is enter the details in the delivery stage as you go through our online ordering process.

We’ll even deliver your job in plain packaging so your clients are none the wiser.

Can I track my order?2019-01-15T15:01:38+10:00

Yes. All Whirlwind Print orders show up in your account once you’ve logged in, and we’ll tell you if your order is being processed, printed, or has been shipped.  We’ll also tell you a tracking number when your cards have been shipped. You can use this to keep a close eye on your order in transit.

Can I talk to someone about my Whirlwind Account Invoices & Statements?2019-01-15T15:49:16+10:00

Simply contact your account manager, or talk to our accounts people. You can call us on 1300 129 227, or submit a Contact Us form and we’ll get in touch with you.

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