Printed catalogues provide your customers with a vibrant, stylish way to browse your products.. From simple look books containing a few pages of offerings to a massive, 500-page perfect bound collection, your catalogue will showcase your products clearly and enticingly. Unlike a brochure, which promotes specific products, a catalogue is a systematic listing of all you have to offer your customers. Think of it as a reference guide for your products – but much more inviting to read!
How to Print Your Catalogue
How to upload your files
We’ll accept your catalogue printing files however you’d like to send them. You can send single pages or spreads as individual files, or send one combined file containing all your pages. We’re happy to work with what you’ve got.
When planning the printing of your catalogue, keep in mind that your cover is four pages. It includes the front cover, inside front cover, back cover, and inside back cover. Ensure you design your pages to adequately fit your cover.
For all catalogues, we ask for a 3mm bleed. Please leave this space blank or refrain from adding important content.
We can do one of three binding options: stapled, perfect bound, or wiro bound. Although we offer three options, one may be better suited to your catalogue than the others based on the number of pages you have. If you have too many pages, we may not be able to staple or stitch them together, so perfect binding may be better. On the other hand, if you have too few pages, the adhesive used in perfect bound catalogues may not be as effective. When you indicate how many pages to include in your catalogue in our online ordering system, it will automatically select the best binding option for your project.
Spine for Perfect Bound
Perfect bound catalogues have a spine, which you will need to upload a separate print file for. Allow for a 3mm bleed on both the top and bottom of the spine. If you don’t upload a separate print file for the spine of your catalogue, we will leave it blank.
Completing your order
To complete your order, ensure all placeholders are completed. If you order 28 pages, for example, each of the 28 boxes must be filled before your order is complete. You can add pages in multiples of 4, and if you do not have enough content, you must add blank pages to your catalogue.
Catalogue Printing FAQ
We recommend uploading single pages organised within a single PDF file..
Yes. We’re one of the best perfect bound printing companies in the UK.
Only if your catalogue is going to be perfect bound. You have the option of uploading a double page spread with spine for your cover file. Or you can upload the front cover, back cover and spine file separately.
For small runs, we tend to print your catalogues on HP Indigos for digital printing and for larger runs of 1,000+ copies, we use Heidelberg Speedmasters for offset litho printing. For more information, please see our plant list.
Yes. All our papers are FSC® certified, we are a CarbonNeutral® company and ISO 14001 Environmental Management certified. For more information, please see our sustainability accreditations.
Nope. You can enjoy full use of our web-to-print platform and customer services without paying a penny. You only pay when you’re absolutely ready to print.
Our web-to-print system accepts most file types. However, we highly recommend a 300dpi high resolution PDF for the best results. Please check your digital proofs prior to printing.
Not yet, but soon. In the meantime, we recommend adding a 3mm bleed area to the outside of your pages and a 5mm quiet area on the inside of your pages. For more information, visit our print file setup guide.
Yes. Once you upload your artwork files, our online printing system has a catalogue proofing feature to help you check your proofs, flag any issues and ask our customer service team any questions you may have before you send your job into production.
If your catalogue is perfect bound, the system will calculate the spine width of your catalogue for you when you visit our file uploading page. Don’t forget to upload your spine file.
No. Printed catalogues are exempt from VAT.