6 Tips For Affordable Booklet Printing

Booklet Printing

We know that printing booklets online can be a bit confusing and intimidating. Everybody is trying to find ways to cut costs and whether you print the booklet for 10 copies or 10,000, it could be quite costly. Which paper to choose and which binding is the best fit to your needs? It’s important to consider the way each choice you make with regard to the booklet will impact total cost. Here are some things to think about that can allow you to save money but remain in the same design and quality.

Choose Standard Page Sizes and Save money!

The size of your book is the first step. Selecting a standard size will always help you save cost since it will result in less waste during the production process. The most commonly used sizes for printing can be found in 8.5″ x 11″ and 5.5″ x 8.5″ and they provide the greatest price for every booklet design.

Portrait orientation is a term used to describe books that have dimensions that are less than its height (see the diagram above). The book is in the shape of a vertical, which is considered to be the most commonly used format for printed books. It’s also referred to as an “long edge bind” because the spine of the book is through the larger of two dimensions. The portrait sizes 8.5″ x 11″ and 5.5″ x 8.5″ are the most cost-effective and are the most affordable option for your booklet.

Landscape orientation is a term used to describe the book with dimensions that are larger than its height (see the diagram above). The landscape format is an elongated shape, and is not as well-known as the portrait format. It’s also referred to as an “short edge bind” because the spine of the book is through the smaller one of two sides. Be aware when choosing to print in landscape rather than portrait that cost will increase.


Square orientation refers to a booklet with width and height dimensions that are equivalent (see the diagram above). The cost of a book that is square more than the standard portrait size.


If you are unable to find a size that fits your needs for printing, many printing facilities provide customized sizes however this option will cost you more. It is crucial to be aware that a customized size could be a huge influence on your total price, even if the difference is only as small as 1/4 ” off of the standard size. This could be an enormous surprise when you’re about to print your brochure. In the absence of a specific reason to require the custom size print Why would you pay additional amount of money? It is best to stick with the recommended sizes to reduce costs. If needed ensure you are aware of the cost before beginning creating.

Let’s Talk Paper


A key element for online booklet printing will be paper. Printing companies have a wide selection of papers , including thin or thick glossy or matte and much more. Selecting the correct type of paper can be a bit difficult and choosing the wrong one could result in a costly expense. Here are some helpful tips.

Booklet Covers

Self-Cover (soft cover) is when the cover and inside paper are of the same weight. The best option for creating a self-cover brochure is to use 100# of Text (Gloss or Matte) for both the cover and inside paper. The paper isn’t fragile and has a great texture to it. This makes your final product look and appearing professional.

Paper Types


Plus-Cover (cardstock) is when the cover is more thick than the pages inside. The extra stiffness makes your book feel more comfortable to carry and flip through. We recommend using an 80# cover (Gloss or matte) and 100# gloss text as the inside. The cover of cardstock gives your product an official and robust appearance. It is not thick enough that it opens when the book is closed. The 100numbers of text on the inside retains the same quality that is in line with the type of cover you’re using.


We’re aware of how difficult the process can become to grasp the various types of papers you can pick from. The selection is so wide choices that it is difficult to determine which one is the best for the brochure project and offers the most value. Here’s a brief overview:
We hope that this guideline helps you to better understand the different kinds of papers and give you more of an idea on how to select the most appropriate papers for your book. There’s nothing better than experiencing the paper yourself. Request the sample pack and get our paper swatch as well as a variety of other samples that you can experience and compare various types of paper!

Gloss Vs. Matte vs. Uncoated


In the information graphic above, you may be aware that each type of paper comes in matte, gloss or uncoated. What is this referring to? Papers are coated, or not. Uncoated paper does not reflect light similar to printer paper. Coated papers come with glossy or matte finish. Matte stock is much more smooth and refined than non-coated however they are not as shiny as gloss papers. The coated papers result in sharper and more vivid prints.


The gloss paper is glossy and shiny smooth coated gloss finish. Ideal for making your color printing pop and grabbing the attention of your customers. Gloss coated papers are typically utilized to portray professionalism. The coating creates rich colors that make photos and images stand out. Catalogs, magazines, and even programmed are a good example of work that is which are printed best on gloss papers.


Matte paper has a more diffused sheen which enhances the brightness of photos and gives a more smooth appearance than non-coated papers. This makes matte papers the ideal choice for projects that require top quality colors without the reflective shine associated with gloss papers. Matte papers are glare-free which makes it much easier to read when there’s lots of written copy. It’s superior to the look of non-coated paper. Matte papers are a popular option for look books, art books as well as photo books as well as other work that requires a more subtle shine. People photos and other photos with a flesh tone shine on matte papers because the reflection is lower.


“Uncoated” paper does not have a coating and is a superior quality paper than regular copy paper. Uncoated paper prints flawless pieces that have stunningly sharp images and vivid, captivating photographs. It is simple to write on and is a favorite option for coloring books, journals manuals, workbooks, or other books that are packed mostly with text.

For Best Value & Price, Choose Saddle-Stitch Binding

Now we move toward deciding the best and most economical binding for your brochure. There are a lot of possibilities! There’s saddle-stitch wire-o, spiral and saddle-stitch. Are you aware of the difference and what is the best option for your requirements? Check out the following list of various binding options and the things they’re most suitable for.

Saddle stitched binding is two staples that are nested inside the fold’s spine sheet and securing the sheets. It could be placed on the left edge or the top, depending on how the project has been designed. Saddle-stitched books can be laid flat and remain open while you flip over the paper, making it more easy to read.
Saddle-stitched binding is the most economical yet professional type of binding. Saddle stitching is widely used to tie everything from calendars, magazines coloring books, and programs and much more. If your book has between 8 to 92 pages, this would be the best option to create. If your book has more pages We recommend changing the binding style to perfect wire-o, spiral, or wire.

Perfect Binding – Perfect for Large Page Counts

A perfect binding is a sheet of paper joined by glue that connects the pages of the book to its cover. This kind of binding creates an attractive, square spine that gives it a an elegant look. If you have a perfect binding it is possible to print on the spine, and the booklets won’t be flat when they are opened. The minimum amount of pages required for a perfectly bound book will be around 28 pages. Be aware that although perfect binding can be beneficial however, it is more expensive than saddle stitch binding.

Spiral & Wire-O Binding – Workbooks, Training Manuals & More

The spiral-bound printing is an unbroken loop of plastic passing through punched holes along the edges of the printed object in the form of a spiral. Wire-O binding is an iron coil that is passed through rows of punched holes on the edge of the printed item. Wire-o bound books consist of wire loops in parallel that run to a wire. Spiral and Wire-o bindings are mostly used to create workbooks, textbooks notebooks, manuals, and notebooks that you might require to write in or utilize in your daily life.

The Color of a Picture Contrasts with. Black & White

Printing with black ink instead of full color can be more expensive than full color, but not much! It will be surprising how similar color prices is when compared to print in black. For the sake of saving money, using it is best to use black ink as the cheapest and cost-effective alternative. If it’s essential and you’re operating on a limited budget, you can limit the color of your booklet only on the cover. Print all the inside pages with black ink. This is particularly sensible in the case of booklets that contain mostly text. Logos and images on the inside are printed in grayscale or black too.


However, printing with black ink isn’t always the best option. If you’re printing an photographic book or catalog, catalogue or other visually pleasing or promotional brochure We strongly recommend printing in full-color printing. Keep in mind that printing in full color isn’t expensive! If you decide printing in full color (whether the entire booklet or just the exterior cover) ensure that you are aware of the distinctions between CMYK or RGB.

CMYK (cyan magenta, yellow, as well as black) is a color system , also called full color printing . It is the process employed by the majority of commercial printers.

RGB (red green, red as well as blue) is the process used by computer monitors and scanners, digital cameras and TV screens employ to show the color. If you’re designing an image that’s RGB you can expect some slight shifts in color for the final prints as the file need to be converted into CMYK to create the printed material. For best results, design all print designs in CMYK.

Affordable Finishing Touches

After you’ve decided on your booklet’s size along with the paper weight, binding method, and color and binding method, you’re at the point at which your work is completed! The only thing left to think about is the final touches – specifically covering and binding. This is the point where “Packzy” suggests spending a bit more money to ensure your finished product is at the most attractive. Although UV High Gloss coating is not required however we believe it’s well worth the cost since it’s going to keep your booklet from scratching and scratching and will keep your book looking fresh for the years to the future.
UV High GlossCoatingUV is the abbreviation for Ultra Violet coating which is a glossy coating applied to covered weight paper that is printed to help make colors and photos shine and provide the most professional appearance and feel to the book you print.
It is scratch and water-resistant and works well for artwork with a significant amount of coverage. The UV gloss product is recommended for orders of less than 500.


Three important aspects to be aware of when deciding whether or not to apply High Gloss UV Coating on your project:

We cannot guarantee against scratches and scuffs in the event that you choose not to use High Gloss UV Coating to your cover!

We especially recommend High Gloss UV Coating for covers that have solid ink coverage when most of the cover, or the entire cover is covered in ink.

Keep in mind that when you apply the High Gloss UV Coating to the cover of a Matte stock the result will be the cover becoming glossy. The inside covers as well as other pages won’t be affected.
If you can, buy a huge number of publications at one time. The more you purchase, the less per booklet. For small orders (10 up to 1000 booklets) Digital printing is likely to be less expensive than offset print. If the quantity you order is over 1000, offset printing is more efficient. Thus, the cost of 1,000 books will prove lower over 500 books. The more you purchase results in a lower cost per unit.

Bottom-Line

Make sure that you’re communicating with your printing service online at the beginning of the process of printing. Get suggestions! Tell them the specifications and plans you have in mind are. If you’re in a tight budget, connecting via an internet-based printer prior to you begin designing could save you a significant amount of dollars.

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