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Hardcover and Softcover Layflat Books

Our Layflat books offer budget-friendly printing with a seamless finish.

Perfect for photobooks, look books, and professional notebooks. Customise your size and choose from Matt, Gloss, or Uncoated finishes. Add a Foil or Spot UV finish for a special touch. Let your ideas flow on our Uncoated inner stock.

Looking for more products to showcase your photos? Explore our Photo Print products.

  • Available in 3 sizes
  • 32 - 120 pages
  • Choose from Matt, Gloss or Uncoated finish
  • Extra-thick pages formed by gluing 2 sheets of paper together

Use for: Recipe books, diaries, children's books, photo books, portfolios, look books, coffee table reads.

Top tip: Add a special finish to make an eye-catching cover that readers will not be able to put down. Download our hints and tips below to find out how to supply your artwork.

Setting up your artwork: To ensure your layflat book prints perfectly, please use our templates.

Artwork tip: Please provide your cover, including spine as a single spread and your inner (text) pages as single pages.

At SM1 Print Studio, we're here to tackle any question, no matter how big or small. We understand that ordering print can feel like a challenge, but fear not! We're here to make it a breeze. If you can't find the answer you're looking for in the FAQs below, don't hesitate to reach out to us via email or telephone. Local? You can pop into our Studio and we can show you samples of our amazing work. We absolutely love connecting with people, so don't be shy!

How does a Layflat Book work?

These extraordinary creations are bound in a special way that allows their pages to lay completely flat. No need to worry about losing any information or design elements in the spine. To add substance and durability, the pages are expertly glued together, making them thicker and more substantial.

When should I choose a Layflat Book?

The beauty of Layflat Books is that they can be used for a wide range of applications. They truly shine when you need your publication to effortlessly stay open or when you want to showcase stunning imagery. Imagine creating captivating manuals, impressive portfolios, stylish lookbooks, charming diaries, elegant notebooks, breathtaking photo books, or even delightful children's books. The possibilities are endless!

What papers do you offer?

We want you to have the freedom to create your dream book. You can choose from papers with gloss or matt lamination on all pages, and we even have an uncoated option if you want to make notes or write directly on the pages.

How does the process work?

Our Layflat Books involve glueing the pages together, which means the weight doubles. For example, if you choose 170gsm silk, it becomes a hefty 340gsm silk. The weights we provide represent the total weight of the glued pages, ensuring a sturdy and high-quality book.

What sizes do you offer?

We offer three popular sizes: A4, A5, and 210mm square. These sizes refer to the dimensions of your book when it's closed. Additionally, you have the freedom to choose the orientation that best showcases your content. Opt for the landscape to dazzle with panoramic photos, portrait for stylish notebooks, or go for the square to create a captivating lookbook or art book.

How do I supply artwork correctly?

We've got a simple process to ensure your artwork shines! For Hardcover Layflat Books, it's important to have an even number of pages that are multiples of 2.

How do I figure out how wide my spine is?

Simply let us know the number of pages you need, remembering to add four extra for the cover, and we will let you know the dimension on your quote.

Artwork Templates

Our handy templates are available in Adobe InDesign and Acrobat PDF Format and the zipped folder can be downloaded to help you create your artwork to the right dimensions.

Download Hardcover Book Templates

Download Softcover Book Templates

Unzipping a folder is easy on both Apple Mac and PC. On a Mac, double-click the zipped folder or right-click and choose "Open With" > "Archive Utility." The contents will be extracted to the same location. On a PC, right-click the zipped folder and select "Extract All." Follow the prompts, choose the destination, and you'll find the unzipped folder in no time.

Artwork Guides

Hardcover Layflat Book - Guide

Softcover Layflat Book - Guide

Spot Colour - Guide

Setting Up Artwork For Scodix Foil Gold – Guide

Setting Up Artwork For Scodix Foil Silver – Guide

Understanding Types of Lamination - Guide

Font and Image Preparation – Guide

Orientation Guide For Artwork – Guide

Understanding Paper Sizes – Guide

Accepted File Formats – Guide

Print Colour Variation – Guide


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