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Portfolio Printing

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Portfolio Printing
Portfolio Printing Service
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portfolio printing China
Portfolio Printing
Portfolio Printing Service
professional portfolio printing services
custom portfolio printing
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Let us design and print your high-quality, professional portfolio to showcase your finest work with our superb custom offset printing services.

The right portfolio of work can play an essential role in your success as a fine artist, sculptor, photographer, graphic designer, conceptual architect, or other independent creative. A professional presentation portfolio is more than a collection of images; it’s an ambassador for your unique style and personality, and it needs to highlight the very best of your work and show it off to advantage. It must captivate, and be eloquent and convincing.

At QinPrinting, we love developing powerful portfolios for creative artists, designers, and other creatives—amateur or professional—with stunning imagery beautifully reproduced in the finest materials. 25 years of consistent success in the industry, a knowledgeable and sensitive team, state-of-the-art technology, and unbeatable customer service maintains our worldwide reputation in the creative industry. Let us help you create a portfolio that’s both stunning to look at and makes a credible statement about your work.

Instant Quote

Quantity
We are an offset printer, rather than a digital or print-on-demand service, so we must impose a minimum order quantity (MOQ). We’ve set ours as low as possible, at 100 units. But with offset printing, the higher the quantity you order in a single print run, the lower the cost-per-unit.
Size
Choose preset dimensions from the dropdown menu or click “CUSTOM SIZE” to enter your own custom dimensions.
Please use the format, width x height; so, 5.5″ x 8.5″ would mean 5.5″ wide and 8.5″ high.
size
The possible size range is 3.74″ to 11.69″ in width or height, allowing for portrait or landscape orientation.
Cover
The cover is composed of four pages. They are the front cover, the inside front cover, the inside back cover, and the back cover.
Cover Paper
If you need special paper not shown in the dropdown menu, please contact us.

1 gsm ≈ 0.68 lb Cover Paper

Lamination
We laminate only the outside of the cover.
Surface
We offer a comprehensive selection of special surface finishes which we can apply to most covers, with a few limitations. For example, spot UV can only be applied to matte laminated and soft-touch laminated covers.
These options are only suitable for gold or silver foil stamping up to a 150 mm x 30 mm area; and embossing, debossing, or spot UV up to a 200 mm x 50 mm area. If the special finish area you need is larger than this, please contact us to get a quote.
Besides gold and silver foil, we can foil stamp designs in a range of colours. If you need a special colour foil stamp or have specific surface requests, please contact us. We’ll be happy to help.
Inner
Page Count
One sheet of paper is equal to two pages.
page sheet
page sheet
 
The total page count is a multiple of 4. When printing and binding your book, we fold sheets into “signatures”.
If your book is larger, say, 8.5″ x 11″ or A4 size, one signature will have 16 pages. So, the inner page amount should be divisible by 16. Making your page counts match signatures is the most economical solution.
Inner Paper
Please select your paper choice for your internal pages from the dropdown menu. If you have a special request not listed here, get in touch. We’ll do everything possible to satisfy your needs.
1 gsm ≈ 0.68 lb Text Paper
Binding
If your book has 48 pages or fewer, we recommend saddle stich as your binding option.
If you have more pages and choose fairly thin paper, such as 80 gsm /54 lb or 105 gsm / 71 lb text paper, we recommend perfect binding.
If your book has heavier interior paper or the page count exceeds 200 pages, sewn perfect binding will be your best choice.
Wire-O and spiral binding are other options and both of them open flat.
perfect binding
sewn perfect binding
wire-o binding
saddle stitch binding
spiral binding
EXW Price 
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*The price doesn’t include shipping costs.
Contact us for the shipping fee.
Estimated weight:
Quantity
We are an offset printer, rather than a digital or print-on-demand service, so we must impose a minimum order quantity (MOQ). We’ve set ours as low as possible, at 100 units. But with offset printing, the higher the quantity you order in a single print run, the lower the cost-per-unit.
Size
Choose preset dimensions from the dropdown menu or click “CUSTOM SIZE” to enter your own custom dimensions.
Please use the format, width x height; so, 5.5″ x 8.5″ would mean 5.5″ wide and 8.5″ high.
size
The possible size range is 3.74″ to 11.69″ in width or height, allowing for portrait or landscape orientation.
Cover
A hardcover book’s cover is printed on one side only; the outer-facing side. The inside front cover and inside back cover are glued to the end sheets.
Cover Paper
As standard, we wrap the grayboard casing in 157 gsm / 58 lb cover paper. If you need a special material or a solid color paper for the cover, please contact us first to discuss your options.
157 gsm

157 gsm ≈ 58.0 lb Cover Paper

Grey Board Thickness
Lamination
We laminate only the outside of the cover as the inside is glued to the end sheets.
Surface
We offer a comprehensive selection of special surface finishes that we can apply to most covers, with a few limitations. For example, spot UV can only be applied to matte laminated and soft-touch laminated covers.
These options are only suitable for gold or silver foil stamping up to a 150 mm x 30 mm area; and embossing, debossing, or spot UV up to a 200 mm x 50 mm area. If the special finish area you need is larger than this, please contact us to get a quote.
Besides gold and silver foil, we can foil stamp designs in a range of colours. If you need a special colour foil stamp or have specific surface requests, please contact us. We’ll be happy to help.
End sheet
The end sheets connect the hardcover casing and the interior pages when binding the book. So, there are two end sheets, one at the front and one at the back and both glued to the grayboard cover.
blank end sheet
color end sheet
End Sheet Paper
If your book size is 8.5″ x 11″ or less with an interior page count of fewer than 320 pages, then a good option for the end sheets is 140 gsm / 95 lb offset paper.
If your book size is larger than 8.5″ x 11″, then 170 gsm / 115 lb offset paper would be better.
If your end sheets will be printed and your book’s interior uses gloss or matte art paper—say, for an art book or coffee table book—to make sure the colors match well, use 157gsm / 58 lb gloss or matte art paper for your end sheets.
1 gsm ≈ 0.68 lb Text Paper
Inner
Page Count
One sheet of paper is equal to two pages.
page sheet
page sheet
 
The total page count is a multiple of 4. When printing and binding your book, we fold sheets into “signatures”.
If your book is larger, say, 8.5″ x 11″ or A4 size, one signature will have 16 pages. So, the inner page amount should be divisible by 16. Making your page counts match signatures is the most economical solution.
The maximum page count for a hardback book is 800 pages. If your book is more than 800 pages, please contact us for a tailor-made quote.
Inner Paper
Please select your paper choice for your internal pages from the dropdown menu. If you have a special request not listed here, get in touch. We’ll do everything possible to satisfy your needs.
1 gsm ≈ 0.68 lb Text Paper
Binding
We use high-quality sewn hardcover binding which gives a “square” printable spine.
Sewing and hardcover
EXW Price 
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Estimated weight:

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Custom Portfolio Printing Costs

At QinPrinting, we help creatives of all disciplines to print portfolios of the highest professional quality. But we know that many upcoming artists and creatives have only a limited budget at their disposal. That’s why we do everything possible to deliver exceptional portfolios at prices to suit every pocket. Whether you’re an independent artist printing a portfolio for self-promotion or an established professional planning to elevate your work further, we can help you realize your ambitions without breaking the bank.

You can get an insight into the cost of printing a custom portfolio from our at-a-glance price charts. Most offset printing services have a minimum print order of 500 or even 1,000 units. But we know that excludes many deserving creatives, so we offer a minimum order quantity (MOQ) of just 100 copies and still with a helpful price tag. Still, the more copies of your portfolio that you order at one time, the less you pay per unit.

Paperback Portfolio Printing Price Chart (210mm x 297mm)

All prices listed in GBP

Quantity 100pcs 500pcs 1000pcs 2000pcs 5000pcs 10000pcs
Page count
Unit
Total
Unit
Total
Unit
Total
Unit
Total
Unit
Total
Unit
Total
96pp + 4pp
£6.01
£601
£1.74
£868
£1.14
£1,137
£0.88
£1,767
£0.75
£3,731
£0.70
£7,023
160pp + 4pp
£9.31
£931
£2.75
£1,374
£1.80
£1,803
£1.40
£2,797
£1.19
£5,945
£1.12
£11,209
240pp + 4pp
£13.44
£1,344
£4.01
£2,005
£2.65
£2,653
£2.05
£4,103
£1.74
£8,703
£1.64
£16,447
  • Please note that all prices are EXW our facility and do not include shipping costs.
  • Cover: 250 gsm / 92 lb coated cover paper with matte lamination
  • Interior: 128 gsm / 87 lb coated text paper, full colour printing
  • Sewing and perfect binding

Hardcover Portfolio Printing Price Chart (210mm x 297mm)

All prices listed in GBP

Quantity 100pcs 500pcs 1000pcs 2000pcs 5000pcs 10000pcs
Page count
Unit
Total
Unit
Total
Unit
Total
Unit
Total
Unit
Total
Unit
Total
64pp + 4pp
£7.85
£785
£2.23
£1,113
£1.65
£1,646
£1.41
£2,820
£1.23
£6,131
£1.17
£11,750
96pp + 4pp
£10.11
£1,011
£2.87
£1,433
£2.08
£2,082
£1.73
£3,461
£1.46
£7,316
£1.40
£14,007
128pp + 4pp
£12.36
£1,236
£3.52
£1,758
£2.50
£2,498
£2.04
£4,081
£1.70
£8,502
£1.63
£16,264
  • Please note that all prices are EXW our facility and do not include shipping costs.
  • Cover: 157 gsm / 58 lb coated cover paper with matte lamination wrapped on 2.5 mm thickness greybeard
  • End sheets: 140 gsm / 95 lb uncoated text paper, blank
  • Inner: 157 gsm / 106 lb coated text paper
  • Full colour printing

For a quote specific to your needs, try our helpful online Printing Cost Calculator. Just fill in the form and click for an instant price! Have questions? Then get in touch and one of our enthusiastic in-house team members — not a robot or a dozy call centre operator! — will be delighted to help.

Common Portfolio Sizes

What size you choose to print your portfolio depends a lot on the photographs or art reproductions you include, the number of images, the text, layout and orientation, and so on. A landscape-oriented portfolio, say, of full-colour art photography will be larger than a portfolio made for a boutique artisan jeweller which you’d expect to have a smaller, more intimate format suggestive of the qualities of handmade crafts.

  • Common sizes for many of the portfolios we print are 8.5″ by 11″, 5.5″ by 8.5″, 148 mm x 210 mm, 6″ by 9″ and 9″ by 6″.

Smaller sizes are a good idea if you need to mail out a lot of copies. Larger sizes make a stronger impression. But you’re not limited to the suggestions above by any means. At QinPrinting, we specialize in creating totally individual, unique, custom portfolios in any size or format that’s right for your work and aims. Just consider that extensive customization leads to higher costs and often a slower turnaround because of the additional pre-press and setup work. But for many artists and other creatives, the investment in creating something truly exceptional proves to be worthwhile. It’s up to you!

Portfolio Paper Options

With a portfolio, the images and photographs are the obvious focus of attention, even if you include some explanatory text. So, we advise to print your portfolio on gloss or matte art paper to get optimal artwork reproduction. Gloss and matte have surfaces perfect for vibrant colour or black-and-white printing that render artwork and photos faithfully with fine colour, crisp contrast, and amazing detail. Gloss paper is essential for a portfolio which has full-colour spreads and primarily photographic images, whereas those with more text may benefit from matte paper. Matte paper still gives you eye-catching colour or black-and-white reproduction but makes accompanying pages of text easier on the eye.

You’ll need two paper specifications for your portfolio: one for the inside pages and one for the cover. If you’re going for a luxury, high-end look with hardcover binding, add end papers, either using the same paper as the interior, or heavier coloured or textured paper, for example.

Paper Stock for Portfolios

Sewn perfect binding—a style of paperback binding which can lay open with the pages flat without breaking the spine—is a popular choice for high-quality portfolios. This binding style needs the spine to be at least 3 mm thick. Standard perfect binding, saddle-stitching and spiral binding are other options. Clients may also choose hardcover binding, especially for a super-professional, high-end look and feel. We recommend a paper weight of 157 gsm / 106 lb or  200 gsm / 135 lb gloss art paper for the interior pages. It’s beautiful to see and touch, faithfully reproduces your original photography, and has good durability.

Cover Paper

Interior Paper

Hardcover Paper

Bindings for Portfolios

While we’ll make your portfolio to any specifications you choose, any shape and size you like, the choice of binding matters, too, because it alters the appearance and durability of your finished product. Let’s introduce the most common, professional-looking options. You can open all the following bindings flat.

 We use this binding style for standard paperback portfolios. We collate the interior pages into a block, glued together, and then glued into a wrap-around cover made of heavier art paper or lightweight card stock. For portfolios with a higher page count, this is a great option.

We use this binding style for a lot of portfolios we print. We collate the interior pages into sets called signatures, which are then sewn together and fixed into a wrap-around cover made of heavier art paper or lightweight card stock. For portfolios with a moderate page count that need to lay flat, this is a great option.

To saddle stitch your portfolio, we fold the printed interior sheets and stack them inside the cover sheet before stapling them together down the curved edge. Saddle stitch is only possible with a page count divisible by four, up to a maximum of 64 pages. But to make sure the catalogue is neat and lies flat, we recommend a limit of 48 pages or fewer for this style of binding.

This binding is another popular choice for portfolios destined to “do the rounds” of potential clients, for its practicality and flexibility. We punch or drill holes into the pages down one side and then bind them with a plastic coil which spirals through the holes. We crimp the coil at both ends so the pages don’t come loose. You can turn the pages of a spiral-bound book through 360° and also lay the open portfolio completely flat. We can laminate the pages to make them extra-resistant to UV light.

In this binding, we organize the interior pages into signatures which are then printed, cut, and sewn, and glued into a hard casing covered by a printed sheet which forms the cover. This binding is the most durable and high-end, especially if you add a dust jacket, end papers, and a marker ribbon, for example.

Whichever binding style you choose, we like to make it easy for you to design your portfolio. So, you can use one of our ready-made design templates if you like. And please ask us for paper samples. We’ll be happy to send them to you in the mail at no extra charge.

Portfolio Design and Artwork Tips

No matter if you’re designing your portfolio yourself or outsourcing to a professional, third-party graphic designer, you need to understand how to get all your files “print ready”. You’ll need at least a basic understanding of bleed zones, safety areas, trim lines, and borders, for example, and check that the image resolution and the colour space are all correct. With that in mind, here are a few helpful tips to help you when you’re preparing your portfolio for the printer.

PDF

Export your files as vectors in PDF format for the best results. Our recommended software options for portfolio design are Adobe Illustrator or Adobe InDesign. These will also allow you to convert your colour space from RGB to CMYK which you will need to do for offset printing.

300dpi

If you can’t deliver vectors — say, if you’re exporting bitmaps from Photoshop — then make sure the resolution is at least 300 DPI. With vectors, you needn’t worry about resolution, but all other images must have a high definition to tolerate resizing without becoming fuzzy and “pixilated”.

3 mm bleed zone

You’ll need to add a “bleed zone” of 3 mm around all your pages. A bleed is an extended zone at the periphery of a photo, which falls outside the area that your finished page will cover. Once we’ve printed your pages, we’ll cut them to the exact size needed for your portfolio format. This “bit extra” gets cut off and makes sure that the finished image fills the page with none of it being lost. 

trim line 10mm

Inside your bleed zone, don’t forget to mark the “trim lines”. These will define the final dimensions of the finished page. Make sure that any necessary elements of your images stop at least 10 mm short of the trim line.

along the center crease

If a photo crosses over two pages in a “spread” make sure that nothing essential—like the subject’s face or other important details—lie along the centre crease.

spiral bound margin

For a spiral bound portfolio, leave an added margin of at least 15 mm on the edge that we’ll bind the portfolio to allow for the holes.

If you engage a professional designer to create your files, they should know what’s needed to prepare “print ready” files. But if you’re working “DIY” with design software for the first time, these are the crucial tips to consider before you send us your files. The responsibility for sending “print ready” files is yours. But please don’t worry! We’re happy to “hold your hand” each step of the way, explain what’s required, liaise with your designer if you have one, and manually check everything ourselves to make sure it all goes smoothly and you end up with a perfect print edition of your portfolio.

To learn more about preparing your artwork, photographs, text, and layout for printing, please check out our Pre-press Artwork information page.

Let’s Talk!

If you’re an independent creative professional or work for an agency or corporation and you want to print a gorgeous portfolio of unparalleled beauty and at an astonishingly accessible price, we should talk. Get in touch today to chat through your needs or to ask for a no-obligation quote. We can’t wait to help you make your portfolio a masterpiece!

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