Booklet Printing: What you need to know

Booklet Printing: What you need to know

A printed booklet is a small, thin book with paper covers, specifically designed to supply information on a particular topic. They have a wide variety of uses such as product catalogs, manuals, programs or activity books.

Booklet Printing

Most modern booklets are created using the Saddle-Stitch binding method. This method uses sheets that are folded and settled or “nested” inside each other. The sheets are then stapled through the fold line with wire staples. The staples are placed through the outside fold crease and then clinched between the center pages. The results is a simple, yet highly professional document.

Despite its relative simplicity,  saddle-stitch booklets can pose a challenge for designers, particularity for those knew to the process.  This is because, saddle-stitching uses a different approach than normally employed for book binding. We always recommend using a professional printing company such as KKP Montreal.

Pages Must Be in Multiples of Four

Saddle-stitched booklets are made up of folded sheets. As such, each folded sheet that is placed within the finished booklet will form 4 pages of the booklet. This can be a little hard to get your head around if you’re new to this print method.  This also means that each page of your booklet must be in a multiple of four.

It’s good to be aware of this fact when creating the initial layout file as this will really help to optimise the booklets print run, saving you time, effort and money. There are many software applications which can help with the layout.


Imposition referes to the process of arranging the projects pages prior to printing so that when the sheets are folded and bound, the layout will be correct
To adjust your page layout, your printer will likely use special software, called imposition software

Of course this is just one method used for Booklets Printing

There are other methods which one may use depending on your needs.

Coil/Spiral Binding.

Coil or Spiral binding is similar in its methods to saddle stitiching but it is not as neat as it required holes to be made along the left corner of the pages. A metal or plastic wire is then placed through the holes and the pages are slotted onto the wire. 

Perfect Binding.

Instead of stapling or coiling, in this method the pages are pasted at the spine and the other three sides of the booklet are cropped to create a perfect look.

These booklets are even available in different sizes so that companies can choose as per their requirements. Furthermore, the sizes of booklet will also depend on the type of binding. The various sizes of booklet printing are:

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