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Artwork tips for cover design

  • When setting up your artwork, add your newly calculated spine width to your page dimensions for the correct printing and binding size.
  • When designing your cover, remember to keep all your text and artwork 5mm away from the spine so it doesn't get cut off when it's finished.
  • We do not advise putting text on your spine if it is less than 5mm wide.


Relax - your lovingly created order will be in safe hands. We're so sure you'll be happy with the results that if you're not, we promise to reprint it straight away, or give you a full refund.

Tried and trusted

We're a big company, with 150 experienced production staff who can handle the needs of clients large and small. We invest in the best quality digital presses to meet the high standards of our customers - 11,000 and counting!

Here to help

Our UK-based customer service team will respond to any email or phone query quickly, and we'll resolve any problems relating to print jobs within 48 hours. We value your feedback, which helps us keep making better.

Green and clean

We love to print, but not when it creates waste and pollution. We recycle 98% of everything that can be used again, and send the remaining 2% to become refuse-derived fuel instead of going to the landfill. We're committed to leading the industry in best environmental practices that we keep on improving.

Paper options

Silk, Gloss and Uncoated
in 120 to 350gsm

Silk Silk coated paper has a low surface sheen and luxurious feel. It offers excellent ink to paper contrast, and printed colours appear bright and defined. The overall look is more low-key than gloss coated paper.

Gloss Gloss coated paper has a high surface shine and very smooth finish. Printed colours 'pop up' and appear extra vibrant, making it a favourite choice for promotional items. Ink dries well on gloss paper, so you're unlikely to need lamination.

Uncoated Our uncoated paper has a soft finish and tactile quality. Because it's more absorbent than coated paper, printed inks appear flatter. It's the best choice for stationery as it's easy to write on.

Perfect bound A neat type of binding used for paperback books and magazines. The spine is held together with adhesive and a paper cover. It's suitable for documents with 20 to 240 pages.

Finishes explained - Matt lamination gives a soft slightly dull finish, giving a sophisticated, modern look. Gloss lamination gives a high gloss finish that is not achieved with a gloss card. A lamination is recommended on solid colours or images for vibrancy (and protection!).

2 to 4 day turnaround

Packaging - When you upload your own artwork, your order will be carefully packed in plain, unbranded brown packaging, so you can send products direct to clients. If you choose to use our designs, your order will be sent in branded packaging. We pack using shrink wrap where it's needed, for protection during transit.

Express exceptions
Express is not available on Perfect bound documents.

Job tracking - You can see where your order is by checking 'My Account'. The job status screen clearly shows whether it's in production, being printed, or on its way to you. After it has been shipped, you can track your order in the tracking tab. No more pacing the corridors!

iPhone App - Keep tabs on your order wherever you are, by downloading the iphone app. Android version coming soon!

Tips for setting up your artwork -
Set up artwork to the correct size
Add bleed where possible
Keep text 3mm in from the edge
Always supply at 300dpi in CMYK
Set up multiple page documents in running order

We accept the following file types:

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Perfect bound documents

If your document is on the thick side, it's got to be perfect! This type of binding is ideal for magazines, booklets, manuals, annual reports and yearbooks. Upload your artwork to create high-impact, bespoke glossy mags or modern, matt brochures. Use our free templates to help get your file ready for print.

Choose from our top-quality range of paper stocks, silk or uncoated, with gloss or matt lamination. We recommend a thicker, 300gsm cover, laminated for scuff-resistance, and lighter 120-130gsm stock for inside pages.

Most common Perfect bound document type: A5 portrait with 300gsm silk cover, matt laminated and 130gsm silk inners.

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We recycle 98% of our production waste and send the remaining 2% to become refuse-derived fuel. We also have an FSC accreditation, ISO 14001 and are part of World Land Trust. Read more about our environmental policies.

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