Getting a quote for printing your catalogue

Getting a quote for printing your catalogue should be one of the first steps in the production process. The earlier your printer is involved, the easier it will be to answer your design questions and ensure you get the results you’re looking for. To get a quote that’s accurate and useful, you’ll need to provide some important pieces of information, which we’ll run through below.

How many pages?

When calculating how many pages you need, keep in mind that the number of pages you require will have an impact on the type of binding that’s used and this in turn can affect the cost. Remember too, that the total number of pages you have must be in multiples of four. For a catalogue it may be more cost-effective to have multiples of 16 pages or even 32 pages. This is due to the way that a sheet is printed, folded and trimmed. It can often cost more to discard pages than to leave in a few blank pages. This is something we can advise you on, if necessary.

Catalogue showing spine and binding

How big?

The size of your catalogue will also determine the cost of the printing. Commonly used sizes like A5 and A4 can be more economical to produce, but we are happy to quote on other sizes.

If the cost of mailing the finished catalogue is going to be a factor, please contact us for a weight estimate, so your mailing service can give you an accurate quote.

As a guide you can use our brochure weight calculator.

How many?

This is going to have the biggest impact on the overall cost. Generally, the higher the print run the lower the cost per unit will be. Typically, it will be more cost effective to print some extra copies, than to reprint at a later date. 

Catalogue with looped staples for ring binders

Type of binding?

Depending on the size of your catalogue, you may have a variety of binding options to choose from. For catalogues with up to 64 pages, you can choose an affordable method like saddle stitch (staples) or a smart, practical option like perfect binding. For more than 64 pages, then perfect binding is going to be the best option.

For more details about binding options see How to choose the right binding for your printed document.

Type of cover?

With such a wide variety of materials, weights and finishes available this is something that you should discuss with your printer. It goes without saying that the look of the cover can make or break the appeal of a catalogue and it should reflect the style and content of the products within.

For a few ideas and a selection of the options available see Brochure printing - front cover finishes.

Embossed catalogue cover

What paper stock?

The paper stock you choose will affect the cost of your catalogue. It can also have a big impact on its finish, durability, and its aesthetic. Its weight and the amount of show-through also need to be considered.

If required we can recommend a material that fits your budget and design, and supply paper samples.

Catalogue with tabbed pages

Any special colour requirements or finishes?

We run a five-colour press, which allows for coating, spot varnishing and other finishes. This makes the whole printing process more economical and quicker by reducing preparation times. If you have any special requirements, such as embossing, matt lamination or a soft touch finish then give us a call.

If you would like a competitive print quote for printing your catalogue then see our product pages for details.

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