FAQ


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What is the standard size?

Simply, there is no standard size – we make every product custom so we build the portfolio book or case from the inside out. We start with the print size you give us and construct from there. However, our most popular print size is 14” tall x 11” wide. (vertical presentation)

What does “panels” mean?

Panels are the turned edge lining in all of our portfolios. This extra service is included in the price and it is one of the features that distinguishes our products from our competitors. Not only are the covers turned edge, but the linings are too.

What does “sewn inside works” mean?

Another feature that separates us from our competition is that our inside works (binding) is sewn together instead of glued. This is helpful to keep the book's integrity when it is filled to capacity with prints or whatever else is going inside. The strength of the stitching is one factor that enables our books to last so long.

How is size determined?

Once the size of the insert is known, we add on size for the sheet protectors (jackets) if you are using any. The cover then gets a standard addition in both the vertical and horizontal dimensions. All of our products follow strict sizing standards, but we still encourage customers to tell us the desired look so we can make adjustments accordingly.

How does cover size relate to image size?

The cover will be approximately 1” taller than the image and 1 1/2” wider than the image. These numbers are not set in stone – if you want to design cover art, please contact a salesperson to see how your book size will turn out.

What will fit in a Federal Express box?

Our presentation mailer has been specifically designed to fit in a fed ex box. Moreover, we frequently work with photographers who want to fit their portfolio book directly into the fed ex box for shipping. Contact us with your image size and we can make suggestions for a snug fit.

What does “binding first” mean with regard to dimensions?

At Brewer Cantelmo, we always define the size of a book by the sheet size (the sheet protectors – or the images if there are no jackets). In addition, when referring to sizes we always give the binding side first. For example, a 14 x 11 portfolio represents a portrait style book with the binding on the tall side, the 14” side. To us, an 11 x 14 book would be a landscape book since the binding dimension is 11”. This means the 14” side is the non-binding dimension.

What is 2 lip, 3 lip, and 4 lip binding?

The lips are the term we use for the binding. A 2 lip binding would have the screw posts exposed in the front and back (typical for scrapbooks). A 3 lip binding has the screws concealed in the front and exposed in the back (to easily make changes) and the 4 lip binding has concealed screws in the front and concealed screws in the back with a velcro closure (so that the screws can still be changed easily.) Our pricing includes 2 lip or 3 lip binding, but adding a 4th lip will incur a charge.

How is capacity determined? How does type of insert affect this?

Capacity is the measurement of the prints, sheet protectors, and flysheets going inside the binding. Our sheet protectors all have a thickness, and your prints/tear-sheets have a thickness. This combined measurement is critical to make sure everything looks spaced correctly in the book. If you overestimate the capacity, it may look like a skeleton book, and if the capacity is too small, some prints will simply not fit. Please discuss your type and quantity of inserts with our sales team to determine the perfect capacity. Note: we will build the book to the largest capacity you will ever need it – since it cannot be increased nor decreased in the future.


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What is the difference between sheet protectors, jackets, and sleeves?

all three of these terms are used to describe the same thing. 1 sheet protector = 1 jacket = 1 sleeve.

what is image size vs. sheet size?

image size is the size of your print or tear sheet or whatever else is going inside the portfolio book or box. It is the size of your “guts”.

sheet size (jacket size) represents the size of the sheet protector that will hold your inserts. If you are not using sheet protectors or jackets, then the image size = sheet size. Typically, if you are using sheet protectors, the sheet size will be the same height as the insert size, but will be 3/4” wider than the sheet size. (for polyester, bc lite, and acetate jackets)

what is the standard hole punching?

punching patterns are based on the length of the binding dimension. For instance, when the binding side is 14”, the punching will be 4 – 3 ½. This means there are 4 holes spaced 3 1/2” apart from each other. (hole distance is measured from the center of hole 1 to the center of hole 2). The entire punching pattern is centered on the binding side.

the distance from the hole to the edge of the page is also standard. The center of the hole will be 3/8” from the edge of the paper – the industry standard. Although this can be altered per request.

what is sealed vs. non-sealed?

sealed refers to the edges of the jackets – if there any chance the page could fall out. With polyester, bc lite, and polyester the right edge is sealed, the top, bottom and left side are non-sealed. There is very little risk that pages will fall out though – we rarely hear customers with this issue. The static electricity between the sheet protector and the print is a strong force that will hold the page in place.

the bc vinyl, hg vinyl, and bc lite pocket are sealed on the right and bottom, and with some sizes, they are sealed on the left as well. All of our jackets are top-loading, which means none are sealed on top.

what are filler options?

the standard filler in our jackets is black paper. This black paper is included in the cost. White fillers are available for an additional charge. If you prefer, we can remove the black paper and sell sheet protectors with no fillers – this may incur a charge depending on quantity.

what does archival mean?

the term archival represents the lack of interaction between the specific sheet protector and any material it may come into contact with. For instance, some jackets will react with particular paper or ink and either turn a yellowish hue, or take on the color of the paper or ink. When we refer to archival jackets, there will be no interaction between the sheet protector and the inserts. We always recommend archival jackets as there is no risk they will react with your prints or ink.

how long is the life of the sheet protectors?

each of the jackets we sell is a consumable good. They will not last forever unless they are never touched and never moved. Their timeline is in direct correlation to how they are treated. Some of our customers replace jackets after each use, while others can make 2-3 years with the same set. Use and care are the determining factors for timeline. And of course, some jackets will last longer than others.

do vinyl jackets fit in portfolio books originally made for acetate jackets?

no. portfolio books that are made to accommodate acetate sheet protectors will not fit vinyl jackets. Since the vinyl jackets are sealed they are physically larger than acetate or other non-sealed jackets. So even though each jacket may be built to hold 14 x 11 prints, the jackets themselves are not the same size. Since each of our portfolios are built to fit the jackets perfectly, this swtich to vinyl jackets will not look good.

can i put kingston hinging on bc lite jackets?

no. the method we use to hinge jackets involves a white glue that does not react well with the polypropylene in the bc lite jackets. While we can hinge any other jacket we offer, or customer supplied prints, we cannot apply kingston hinging to bc lite jackets.

what does “type of insert” mean? so what?

this refers to what the actual guts of the presentation will be. The capacity of the book will vary if you are putting in 50 tear sheets vs. 50 double thick epson sheets of paper. We need to calculate the exact thickness of the inserts, therefore the type of insert is critical. If you are unsure what type of insert you have, or will be using, please help us correctly make the book by measuring the contents' thickness and telling it to your salesperson when you order.


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What are the zipper options?

Standard: small black zipper
Jumbo: heavy duty black zipper (+$)

What zipping styles are available?

Zip Top – most common style. perfect for bags holding a portfolio book. Zipper starts on 2” down side and runs across the top and then down 2” along the other side.

Flip Top – easier to get things out than zip top. Similar design as a standard piece of luggage. 2 zippers run along face of bag. The zipper starts in lower left corner and runs up the face along the edge and across the top of the face to the middle of the top. A second zipper starts here and mirrors the shape of the zipper 1.

Full Zip Side – This zip style allows the bag to open the most. Similar to the flip top but also runs down the bottom of the bag to allow the face to lay completely flat on a table top.

What are the handles and webbing made from?

Our standard handles and webbing are made of black cordura. This durable material lasts a long time, stays clean, and cleans easily when dirty. Any material can be used for handles, webbing, or shoulder straps for an additional charge.

What premier nylon colors are available?

Black is the only color available our of premier nylon. This ballistic material is not available in any colors. For color options, look to our nylon, cordura or other materials.

Does pricing include shoulder strap?

Bag prices do not include the shoulder strap. We can custom make a strap for your bag for an additional charge. However, plastic loops to secure the strap are available for no extra charge.

Where can the pocket be placed?

Bag prices include 1 pocket. Typically this zipper pocket is placed on the outside of the bag on the side that has a name patch or logo on it. However, it can be placed on the back, or on the interior for no extra charge.

Can Brewer Cantelmo bags be shipped? What foam options are available?

We do not sell shipping bags. However, we are willing to work with you in designing a bag that has a 6 wood wall structure and foam padding. We will not be held responsible if you decide to use our carrying cases for shipping – but we have worked with foam in the past. Please call a salesperson to review some options we have developed.


What is the minimum order?

There is no minimum order. We have made as few as 5 menus for small bars and we have made single menus for personal wine collections or home use. However, we do not have a maximum size order – we have worked with huge multi-million dollar landmark restaurants across the country.

What size paper do the Brewer Cantelmo menu covers hold?

While most of our customers request menus to hold standard letter, legal, or tabloid sized paper (17” x 11”), we can make menus to hold any size paper. Every order is built by hand to your custom requirements so that regardless of your paper size, we can make a menu cover to properly showcase your food and beverages.

What is the typical turnaround time?

Depending on quantity, we fill most order is 10-15 business days. However, it is important that we know your schedule at the beginning of the process so we can bypass certain steps to meet your deadlines. If the option of partial delivery is available, we can prepare menus in batches to cater to your timing requirements.

How much does a prototype menu cover cost?

We will custom make a prototype menu to your exact specifications for no charge. Furthermore, if you send your logo, we will stamp that onto your sample menu for free. Our quality is superior to our competition and we want you to see how stunning our products look and feel before you decide to place an order. Prototypes will take between 5-7 business days depending on materials and complexity. (during the prototype stage, we will only pay for 1 stamping die however, if your design has more than one stamp, you will need to pay for all dies after #1)

Where can I find Brewer Cantelmo menu covers?

Hundreds of restaurants across the country use our menus. While many of our hotel and restaurant customers are located in major cities, you can find our products across the country. We can also email you stock photos of past projects or mail you samples of jobs we have completed. (all samples, other than free prototypes, must be returned within 60 days to avoid a charge of $100 per menu)

How long does a menu last?

The answer is completely dependent on the materials used to make the menu, and the treatment the menu experiences. We will always recommend using the most durable materials and the easiest materials to clean. Our line of Premium SK is our favorite material for menu covers as it is very durable and very resistant to staining. It can last 2-3 years in a busy restaurant if treated properly. (we will not be held responsible if the menus do not last a prescribed time – please test the free prototype menu intensely to mimic the standard service in your restaurant)

Can I use my own leather? My own logo?

Of course. We encourage you to use any material you want – especially if it will work in the design framework you already have established. Using a material that matches the restaurant will have a lasting effect on your customers. Also – stamping your logo on the menu cover, and therefore continuing your brand into each guests' hands, is a great way to improve the dining experience. Please keep in mind however that your material must accept glue and must be thin enough to be turned. (for all of our products we prefer to turn the edges for a more professional look)


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What kind of binding is done at Brewer Cantelmo?

We specialize in over sewing also known as library binding. This is different from perfect binding and different from smythe sewing. Stitches are placed into your pages 1” apart. This is an incredibly strong and long-lasting style of bookbinding utilized for maximum durability. We also hand-stitch bound books when the pages are old or fragile. However, you may request this hand-stitched service for any book.

What are the margins?

3/16” of the page will be buried in the left margin from the stitching. Please make sure your margins are sized and your page is spaced appropriately especially if you have any 2-page spreads.

What materials are available?

We typically use library buckram, an industry standard cloth for bookbinding – it is very reasonable priced, stamps beautifully, and it is incredibly durable. Any material we offer can be used for our bound books though.

What are end sheets? Can i supply my own?

In an over sewn bound book, the end sheets are glued to the front of the supplied pages and then glued into the front and back cover – this is how the pages are held in place. Our standard end leaf is 65 lb. white cover stock, but we can use any heavy text weight paper or light cover weight stock. We can also make a turned panel lining to sit on top of the end leaf. Of course you may supply your own as long as the specifications work for our bookbinding process.

What stamping is available?

We will typeset text for you on the front cover, spine, and/or back cover. We have many fonts available in many point sizes – in both upper and lower case. Gold and silver are the most popular foil colors, but we have hundreds of colors available. We can also stamp your custom logo on the book.

What does the headband do?

The headband is simply for decoration. It is a standard design applied to the top and bottom of your pages on the edge in the spine to add a little decoration to the interior of the book. Please call to discuss what color combinations are currently in stock and what sizes will work if you want to supply your own.

Is there a minimum quantity?

There is no minimum quantity although price breaks do take effect around 5 – depending on a few factors. The smallest order we accept is 1 book and the maximum order we have produced is in the thousands – each made by hand one at a time.


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What size paper does it hold?

The scriptmaster is built to hold letter size pages – 11” tall x 8 1/2” wide. However, we can custom make a scriptmaster to hold any size page for an additional charge.

What is the depth? How many pieces of paper can it hold?

The maximum capacity of the scriptmaster is about 1/2”. This can comfortably accommodate nearly 50 pages of standard letter copy paper. If you need a scriptmaster to hold more than 50 pages, please contact our sales department to order a custom product.

Does the scriptmaster open completely flat?

No, there is an elevation difference between the left tray and right tray. The right tray sits about 1/2” above the left tray so that pages can easily slide to the left instead of turning the page. This method of page sliding has been proven effective and is less intrusive to an audience than a turning page.

What stamping options are available?

Standard stamping includes typeset text from our library of available fonts and sizes. Custom fonts and logos can be stamped on the scriptmaster as well in any color and with any finish

Are the corners round or square?

The corners of the scriptmaster are round. this will improve the lifespan of your scriptmaster as it will not damage as much if it is dropped.

Can this product be made with bulletproof capabilities?

Yes, we have built scriptmasters with bulletproof metal for diplomats, CEO s, and politicians around the world. Contact our sales force to review the secret service testing results as well as testing you made need to conduct.

What colors are available?

The standard stock scriptmaster is available in royal blue and chocolate brown. Other colors are available for a slight up charge and increased production time line


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What are ready made products?

Ready made products fall in our express line of products. These products are all made by hand to the same intricate demands as custom books – but they are produced before an order is placed so they are always available. Currently, we offer portfolio books, carrying cases, and presentation boxes in limited sizes in our ready made collection.

How long does it take?

Since our express products are in stock, they can be available for same day pickup or next day shipping with no stamping. Please add 1 week for stamping. (also, depending on sheet protector availability – products may take a few hours to prepare)

Can I stamp an express product?

Yes, all of our express products including books, bags, and boxes can be stamped with any font or logo. This will add about 5 business days to the production time line, but any color in any finish can be used to personalize these products.

What is the express book capacity?

The screw post binding is designed to hold 3/4” of inside capacity. This is approximately 25-30 sheet protectors with single weight photos on the front and back for a total of 60 images.

What is the express bag capacity?

The express bag is build to hold the express book – or any other portfolio book with 3/4” inside capacity. Obviously, it can be used to hold items other than Brewer Cantelmo portfolio books.

What is the express box capacity?

The express box has a 2” capacity – this is large enough for 1 express book, or other portfolio books with a similar capacity.

What material is the express bag made of?

In stock, we currently have the express bag in black nylon and black premier nylon – more heavy duty made of ballistic nylon.

What are the details associated with an express book?

The standard express book represents the most popular style portfolio book that our customers order: black sk exterior, padded covers, round corners, round spine, rear vertical pocket, black matara panel lining, 3 lip binding with 3/4” inside capacity.

What is inside capacity?

Inside capacity is the measurement of the maximum thickness the book can hold. An express book is constructed to hold 3/4” inside capacity so the most it can hold inside is 3/4” of pages, prints, tear sheets, sheet protectors, or anything else. This number is not flexible. If you need a larger inside capacity, please order a custom portfolio book.


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What kind of stamping does Brewer Cantelmo do?

Our style of stamping is known as debossing This means the impression of your name, logo, or title is pressed below the surface of the material being stamped. This is different from embossing where the stamp is pulled above the surface. Debossing provides a clean, crisp, detailed impression that is also very long lasting.

What is a die? How long does it take to make?

Our dies are typically made of magnesium. While we offer copper for a surcharge, we find the magnesium die to be highly detailed and very consistent for an evenly pressured stamp. We use copper dies for jobs with large quantities as it wears slightly better than magnesium.

Can i have my standard or custom die?

Yes. Whether your art is from a font or logo, we can include the die with your order, or we will have it available to you for approximately 5 years in our factory.

How should custom art be submitted?

The best option is to submit sized black and white art in person. Other options include email as a pdf file (black and white & sized and positioned properly). Along with the custom art attachment, let us know the final measurement so we guarantee to print at the correct size. You can also mail your logo to us. Please do not send your custom art via fax


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What is scoring?

A score in paper is a crease or fold that helps the page turn more easily. For extra large pages we may recommend a double or triple score to help the paper lay more flat.

What is punching?

Punching is the holes that are put into prints, tear sheets, sheet protectors, or anything else. It is critical that the punching pattern in the binding matches the punching pattern of the inserts.

What is trimming?

Trimming is another term for cutting down paper from a larger size to a smaller size. Also referred to as cropping, we are able to trim your paper accurately down to 1/16” inch.

What do paper size and viewing area relate?

If you are printing on paper that is 10” tall and 8” wide and want to put it directly into the binding of a Brewer Cantelmo portfolio book, please note that the binding will cover 3/4” of the print. So a portrait style portfolio book for the 10” tall x 8” print will obscure 3/4” of the width and leave the viewable area at 10” tall x 7 1/4” wide.

Where should the scoring be?

When we score for customers, we typically recommend the first score come 1” from the binding side. The binding covers the first 3/4”, then the score comes another 1/4” from the left. If you want a second score, we find that 1 1/8” is an appropriate placement. Feel free to discuss scoring placement with a salesperson.


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What are rivets?

Rivets are small metal pieces that the ring mechanism attaches to. They are small pegs that come in assorted colors on the exterior of the binder. They can be exposed or a binder can be constructed to conceal them for an additional charge.

What are boosters?

Boosters are the small thumb – operated metal pieces at the top and bottom of the ring mechanism that can be popped open to open the rings between them. Many times, we can take the booster off of a ring for a more streamlined look. The decision to keep or eliminate the boosters does not have an effect on cost, but it may effect the lifetime of the ring – depending on how many times the rings are opened and closed, and the care with which this process is done

What ring types are available?

There are many ring types available. The most common is the standard round ring. More styles include D-ring, slant D-ring, and many others.

Where can the ring be placed?

The most common placement for a ring is in the spine. However, we can also place the ring in the back cover or anywhere else you require.


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What is the overhang?

A clamshell can be constructed so that the walls and covers are completely flush when closed. In addition, we can build on an extra 1/8” to the covers so that when closed they slightly overhand the walls and therefore create a unique bookbinding look. This feature is available for no extra charge.