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A4 Saddle Stitched Portfolio


A4 Saddle Stitched Binding. Full Colour. Sizes Up to A4 Portrait.

A Saddle Stitched book is one where the pages are printed side-by-side, then stapled together and folded in half. It's like a newspaper, with the addition of x2 staples down the spine (a.k.a "saddle") to stop the pages from falling out. It's cost effective, and durable long term, which makes it very popular / common. Be aware that there will always be a slight bow / bend in the book, and something called "creep" must be considered (see below for more info). Suitable for up to 52 pages including covers. Page count must be a multiple of 4.

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    Paper Stock 

    The type of paper we will use for your portfolio. We always use a thicker stock for the front and back covers, and a thinner matching paper for the internal pages. We've selected the most popular premium options for reliable and impressive results every time. See our Paper Stocks page for more info.

      Number of Pages

      The number of pages in your book, including the covers. Each sheet of paper has 2 sides to it, and each side of the sheet is counted as a "page". Pages that have no printing on them still count. Note: Saddle Stitched books must contain 52 pages or less, and the total page count (including covers) must be either 4, 8, 12, 16, 20, 24, 28, 32, 36, 40, 44, 48, or 52.


          The number of copies you want of your portfolio. We can only print copies of the same file - no variations allowed. The file you attach here will be used for every copy of this item. If you have a different version you need printed, please add this to your cart as a separate item.

            Portfolio Size

            Got a custom size other than A4 (210mm x 297mm) or A3 (297mm x 420mm)? Simply select the A-series size that your entire print will fit within, and we will trim to your crop marks. For example, a portfolio 200mm x 305mm would require you to select an A3 (297mm x 420mm) size portfolio. If you want a square book, 297mm x 297mm is as large as we can go, and this would require an A3 product. 

            Note: the wire will add some overall width to your portfolio (up to 20mm for thick books).

            Printed Proofs

            We highly recommend this option to everybody - think of it as insurance against errors in the finished product. It's the only way you'll get the chance to make changes to the original file you submit with your order. See our Printed Proofs page for more info.

              Foiled Covers

              Have your book covers Digital Foiled with a metallic gold, silver or copper. You must read our Digital Foil setup page before ordering this option, as there are a few things to keep in mind. Not available on "Heavy Textured Matte - Bright White" paper stock.


                How quickly do you need this item completed? Standard is 5 business days. Orders must be placed before 4pm on business days, and pick-up / dispatch is after 4pm on business days. For example: You order before 4pm Monday with a 5 business day turnaround, submit correct artwork, choose pick-up and no printed proofs; your order will be ready for pick-up the following Monday after 4pm. Remember shipping adds transit time (add 1-2 business days), and printed proofs take an additional 1-2 business days. See our Turnaround page for more info.

                  File Uploads

                  The final, finished, 100% ready-to-go file we'll use to print your portfolio. 100mb max. Make sure you read our Artwork Setup page very carefully - remember this type of binding requires 3mm bleed all around. Keep critical elements like borders, page numbers and text well away from what will be the right side (the spine is always on the left), because the right edge of the booklet could be trimmed up to 5mm shorter than you expect. As a guide, keep at least 6mm away if you have 24 pages or less. Keep at least 10mm away if you have 28-52 pages.

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