Please Note Our US office will remain operational during the Coronavirus shutdowns, however, we will be temporarily suspending the mailing of our sample packets. The Coronavirus Issues in China continues to cause delays in our normal production times. Orders placed at this time will still encounter a delay beyond our normal turnaround times as factories attempt to come back online and the supply chain navigates the government restrictions. Thank you for your patience as we deal with this global issue.

Standard Book Paper Sample Kit and Printing Setup Guide

Is it your first time printing? Does the word “bleed” make you think more of a paper cut than a paper project? Do you want to be sure that you’ve considered all the options available to print your project?

We hear you! This double-duty, double-sided paper sample pack contains important information on file setup as well as samples of our papers in an easy-reference wirebound book. The front of each page is a repeat of a series of images so that you can see how your image looks on different papers and with different coatings. Turn the book over and read it from the other direction – the pages contain file setup tips, samples of specialty options, etc.

What’s inside our standard paper sample kit?

  • A complete selection of paper samples
  • Tactile examples of paper coatings and finishes
  • Printed samples of specialty add-ons like foil stamping
  • Critical, must-know file setup tips that could save you hours in the prepress process
  • A walkthrough of our services and process

This pack does *not* include recent samples of our work. Recent samples are available in our deluxe print sample pack.

We charge $5 for standard sample packs shipped to US and Canadian addresses. Outside of the US or Canada? We add $10 for postage to addresses outside of the US and Canada. International sample packs are shipped with USPS First Class International. Please note: USPS does not guarantee ship dates for international packages, but they typically arrive in 7-21 business days.

If you’d like to see samples of recent book printing work that we’ve done for our clients, we offer a deluxe print sample pack. The deluxe book sample pack includes the paper sample pack and print setup guide, plus 2-3 copies of projects that are similar to the specs that you’re considering. After ordering, an account manager will work with you to figure out just what you’d like to see and select some recent pieces to send to you. The price of a deluxe print sample pack is $25 – but that cost is refundable when you print a project with us.

Images from inside the pack

Our standard book paper sample pack gives creators first-hand experience with the custom options that they can add to their projects. On the left page (shown upside-down) is an example of 135 lb gloss text with the three recurring images. The right page shows the impact of different file image resolutions on the final printed product.

The wirebound book contains samples of each of our paper weights in various finishes. We repeat the same images on each page so that you can see what different artwork might look like on different paper weights. Paper selection and paper finish selection are among the two most important printing options that you’ll choose, and having samples on-hand is a great way to build confidence in your selection.

The back of the book contains samples of foil stamping, sequential numbering, spot UV coating, and so on. These are great options for creators that want to distinguish their offering, and having the samples on-hand can get your creative juices flowing as well as take some the mystery out of the jargon!

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