"Creep" refers to the phenomenon where inner pages of a multi-page document appear to shift or protrude slightly from the outer edges when folded and bound. This occurs because the inner pages have a shorter fold line than the outer pages due to the thickness of the paper stack. As a result, the inner pages gradually "creep" further out towards the edge, creating misalignment.




  1. Bookbinding: In a book with numerous pages, such as a textbook or manual, creep may become noticeable, particularly towards the center of the book.
  2. Magazine Production: Creep is a common consideration in magazine printing, where multiple signatures are bound together, and misalignment can affect the readability and aesthetics of the publication.
  3. Brochures and Pamphlets: Even in smaller print projects like brochures, creep can occur and affect the overall appearance and alignment of the piece.


  • Compensation: To mitigate the effects of creep, printers often employ techniques such as adjusting the margins or using special software that compensates for the paper's thickness.
  • Testing: Before finalizing a print run, it's crucial to conduct test prints and proofs to identify and address any potential issues with creep.
  • Professional Assistance: Work with experienced printers and binders who are familiar with creep and can provide guidance on minimizing its impact on your printed materials.

To learn more about this or other print and binding flaws, contact AP&B today.