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Add some tactile pizazz to your book’s cover or interior pages with one of our textured paper finishes! Our standard texture options will help give your book a feel that’s one-of-a-kind. We highly recommend purchasing our Specialty Options Sample Pack to get a look and feel of our options in person.
Making a hardcover, wire-bound, spiral-bound, softcover or saddle-stitched book? Consider printing your cover on one of our three pre-made textured papers to add some additional visual and tactile interest. For wire-bound, spiral-bound, softcover and saddle-stitched projects, these textures are available in weights starting at 120lb text and are perfect for that durable-yet-classy look. Hardcover projects can utilize ONLY the 120lb stock. When using textured cover stock, we recommend abstaining from laminated finishes as they have a tendency to obscure the appearance of the texture.
Cover Texture Options
Making a hardcover, wire-bound, spiral-bound, softcover or saddle-stitched book? Consider printing your cover with one of our standard textured paper options to add some additional visual and tactile interest. When using textured cover stock, we recommend abstaining from laminated finishes as they have a tendency to obscure the appearance of the texture.
Our 4 standard texture options are as follows:
Eggshell, Felt and Stucco Textured Covers
Eggshell, Felt and Stucco are textures that are manufactured with patterns pre-engrained in them as part of the paper-making process. These are available in the following weights/coating:
120 lb text (uncoated), 12 pt (uncoated), and 14pt (uncoated)
Hardcover Project Considerations
Hardcover projects can utilize ONLY 120lb weight. Because these custom textures are uniquely crafted and made-to-order, they are notably pricier than our Linen texture and will require a custom quote. Hardcover projects are laminated by default for standard paper options. This gives the final book added durability. If you choose to use any of the above textured stocks for your hardcover a lamination will cover the texture effect, so it will not be applied, so it must be noted that adding the above textured covers detracts from the overall durability of the cover.
Linen Textured Covers
Our Linen texture is applied to existing stock and can be applied to the following weights/finishes/coatings for Saddle-Stitch, Perfect Bound, and Wire/Spiral Bound covers:
85 lb uncoated, 105 lb coated(matte, gloss & uncoated), 135 lb coated(matte and gloss)
10 pt coated(matte, gloss & uncoated), 12 pt coated(matte, gloss & uncoated)
12 pt 1 sided gloss coated, 14 pt coated (matte and gloss) , 14 pt 1 sided gloss coated
Hardcover Project Considerations
Linen texture can only be applied to 105lb coated (matte or gloss) for hardcover projects. We are unable to apply the Linen texture to UNCOATED covers of hardcover projects. If you wish to order a hardcover book with an applied texture similar to Linen on an uncoated cover, please contact Customer Service or your Account Manager to see if we can provide any options for you!
Interior Page Texture Options
Our linen texture can also be added to your interior pages. This texture is made by physically imprinting our standard paper and is the perfect option for anyone looking to spice things up on a budget. Our linen texture looks best when added to paper between 85lb text and 10pt cover, which is the sweet spot for getting the most noticeable textured effects on every page. Feel free to check out all of our available paper weights.
It’s important to note that while adding a linen texture is a fantastic way to elevate your project, it can also impact your artwork – specifically when used in conjunction with metallic ink. The reflective quality of both the linen texture and the metallic ink on small text hurts the legibility. This is a rare combination, but something to keep in mind if you plan on using any of these options. In the examples below the metallic ink on the text alone poses no issue, but in combination with the linen texture it becomes a struggle to read in certain lights.
This result should be anticipated if you choose to print small/delicate text and choose to apply a linen finish. This result is mostly attributed to the metal specs in the metallic ink reflecting light a bit differently than regular Spot Color.
Request pricing for this add-on while locking in your price on our quoting calculator. We’ll reach out to you with a custom quote (or questions) within 1 business day of receiving your request.
Please note that the only textured stock available for our domestic print service is 100lb Cover Linen Stock. While this stock is mostly geared towards linen stock cards, we can use linen stock as a book cover upon request.