Catalogs

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Description

Catalogs are multi-page bound documents. They can range from glossy product sales tools to corporate training aides. Catalogs often provide comprehensive information about the range of products or services offered by the publisher. Catalogs that are intended to be kept for longer periods of time often have covers printed on thicker stock for durability.

Our Catalogs are bound with saddle stitching. For other binding options, please submit a custom estimate request by clicking "Estimates" at the top of the page.

Recommendations

The most common order options are 8.5" x 11" with 16 pages plus the cover on 100# Gloss Text weight paper with 100# Gloss Cover stock for the cover. Almost always, Catalogs are printed in full color on both sides of each page (4/4).

For higher quantities and additional stock choices, please check out our 4-Color Offset Catalogs.

Marketing Tips

Catalogs showcase products and their benefits, which helps guide customers to what they would like to buy. They're a great way to show customers the full range of your products and services. A strong sales tool that many people look to for everything from clothing to electronics and services, catalogs bring the showroom to the customer.

Many Catalogs are sent directly to current and prospective customers. If you have a broad product range or your customers need detailed information to make good choices, Catalogs are for you.

Consider adding a QR code to your design to link directly to additional online information. This can be a great way to provide more detail than you would want to cram onto your Catalogs. Since a QR code can link to an online message, you can change the online message without the need to reprint the QR code.

Paper

100# Gloss Text Self Cover

You may be familiar with this type of stock from the covers of many popular magazines like People and Time. This paper strikes a balance between thickness and foldability, while the glossy finish on both sides gives your text a professional appearance.

Self Cover means the cover of the Catalog is the same paper as the interior pages

80# Gloss Text Self Cover

You may be familiar with this type of stock from the pages of your favorite magazines. This paper has a quality feel, folds easily, and is a good choice when you want a glossy finish on both sides for a professional appearance.

Self Cover means the cover of the Catalog is the same paper as the interior pages

80# Uncoated Self Cover

You may be familiar with this type of stock from business stationary or typical letterhead. This paper has a quality feel, folds easily, and is a good choice when you don't want a slick and shiny finish. Although typical business letterhead is a good example for the weight and feel of this stock, we do not recommend printing your letterhead on digital press.

Self Cover means the cover of the Catalog is the same paper as the interior pages

100# Gloss Text w/ 100# Gloss Cover

100# Gloss Text

You may be familiar with this type of stock from the covers of many popular magazines like People and Time. This paper strikes a balance between thickness and foldability, while the glossy finish on both sides gives your text a professional appearance.

100# Gloss Cover

You may be familiar with this type of stock from standard business cards. Stiffer than 100# Gloss Text, this glossy finish cover stock offers sharp folds and a sturdy product for a very professional result. This stock is coated on both sides.

80# Uncoated Text w/ 100# Uncoated Cover

80# Uncoated Text

You may be familiar with this type of stock from business stationary or typical letterhead. This paper has a quality feel, folds easily, and is a good choice when you don't want a slick and shiny finish. Although typical business letterhead is a good example for the weight and feel of this stock, we do not recommend printing your letterhead on digital press.

100# Uncoated Cover

You may be familiar with this type of stock from thick index cards, though the finish is much higher quality. A very versatile stock, the uncoated finish is good when you don't want a slick and shiny look, while the firm 100# stock folds precisely.

Turn Times

Explanation of Turnaround Time

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Turnaround times begin when the proof is approved. All times are based on standard business days Monday through Friday excluding federal holidays. Please note that turnaround time does not include shipping or mailing time. You may select from available production turnaround times and your preferred shipping time as you place your order.

Finish

Pages
  • 8
  • 12
  • 16
  • 20
  • 24
  • 28
Binding

Our Catalogs are bound with saddle stitching. For other binding options, please submit a custom estimate request by clicking "Estimates" at the top of the page.

File Setup

Templates
File Preparation

In order to ensure your files are print-ready, we recommend that you upload them in PDF format. When you generate a print-ready PDF, your computer will use the settings in Adobe Acrobat Distiller or any other PDF generating programs you may use. Please make sure that these are set properly before generating your PDF file.

We also accept .JPG (JPEG), .EPS and .TIF (TIFF) file types, however PDF is the preferred format.

Check your file to make sure it meets our file creation guidelines. This will help speed up the production of your project and give your printed piece the best results.

  1. Use the CMYK colorspace (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, blacK). These are industry standard printing colors. CMYK colors are different than RGB (Red, Green, Blue), which are used to display colors on your screen.
  2. Use a minimum resolution of 300 dpi for image files.
  3. Specify trim area with crop marks. (Don't place crop marks inside the work area.)
  4. Artwork should have 1/8" (0.125") bleed extending past the trim line. This is to prevent minor cutting variations from leaving unintended results at the trim edge.
  5. Safe Area is the 1/8" (0.125") area inside the trim line. Do not put critical information or images within the Safe Area. This is to prevent minor cutting variations from leaving unintended results at the trim edge.
  6. If you want printed borders, they must be placed a minimum of 1/8" (0.125") inside the trim line and include bleed. This is to prevent minor cutting variations from leaving unintended results at the trim edge.
Bleed and Safe Area

We require that you extend any images that run up to the trim line a minimum of 1/8" (0.125") past the trim line to create "bleed". Depending on what program you use to create your file, this may or may not change the total image area of your file. Programs like Photoshop that do not allow the creation of "bleed" or the addition of crop marks will require an image area that is 1/4" (0.25") larger than your desired final overall image area in both dimensions.

Safe Area is the 1/8" (0.125") area inside the trim line. Do not put critical information or images within the Safe Area. This is to prevent minor cutting variations from leaving unintended results at the trim edge. If you choose to make less than this minimum clearance, we will NOT be responsible for items that are cut off in this area.

Proofs and File Check

We offer three proof options:

1. Online PDF Proof: You will be sent a link to view your proof via email. Please keep in mind that this is only a proof for content and positioning; the color on your screen may vary from the color of your final product, depending on your monitor and viewing conditions.

2. Hard Copy Proof: The Hard Copy Proof can either be picked up on-site or shipped to you. Please keep in mind that this is a proof for content and positioning and is not printed on your actual job stock. Color may vary slightly when printed on the stock you ordered. When ordering a Hard Copy Proof, you will receive a complimentary Online PDF Proof, as well.

3. No Proof, Run As-Is: This option is for the industry professional who is certain their project is ready to hit the press and does not require the additional security of a proof.

File Check:

If our prepress department sees anything questionable with your file, we will contact you via email with our concerns. Should prepress email you, please note that your job is not considered fully submitted until you respond to this email. This should be factored into your turnaround time.File check does not apply to No Proof, Run As-Is. No Proof, Run As-Is jobs print from the exact file(s) you upload unless it is not possible to print because your supplied file does not match the specifications ordered.

Please Note: The charge for our technical team to review your file when first submitted is included in the price of your order. If they note technical concerns with your file, they may email you with their concerns so you can upload a corrected file. If subsequent uploads still contain errors, you may be charged an additional prepress fee to review your file again.

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