When it comes to printers, there are basically two ways to make a sheet of paper. You can either flip the sheet of paper as you print on it, or you can continue printing on the same side. The first method is called “flipping over” or “flipping long edge,” and the second method is called “flipping short edge.”
So, What’s the Difference?
The main difference is in the way a printed piece is inserted into a binder. With a flip on short edge printer, the paper is inserted with the short edge first (the edge of the paper that has less space between bumps). With a flip on long edge printer, the paper is inserted with the long edge first (the edge of the paper that has more space between bumps).
What is Short Edge?
Short edge is a printing technique that uses the short edge of your paper. When you print on the short edge, you’re able to print two pages per sheet of paper, which means you can save money on printing costs.
The short edge is also called “short side,” “short-edge binding,” and “creasing.” It’s a great option for brochures, catalogs, magazines and more!
What is Long Edge?
Long Edge is a printing term that refers to the longest dimension of a printed piece. This is usually the edge of a sheet of paper or document that runs parallel to the binding. Long Edge printing is used when you need to print on only one side of your material. Long edge printing can be accomplished in two ways:
1) Print one side of an A4 sheet, then fold it so that the fold lines are perpendicular to each other.
2) Use a roll printer and roll out sheets of paper in the direction that you want them to be printed.
The short answer is that it doesn’t matter. Ultimately, size isn’t everything. While the long edge is more popular than the short edge in the consumer market, that’s not always the case in other markets (for instance, some print products are published to a short edge format and distributed that way). The key point is this: choose wisely based on what matters to you and your audience. If you’re publishing a magazine, it may make sense for you to use a long edge format, but if you want to print brochures or postcards, using the short edge will work best — and vice versa.