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Amanda Schauer
April 14, 2021

Photography Book Printing

Photography Book Printing Blog HeaderCreating beautiful, professional-quality softcover photography books is fast and easy with PrintingCenterUSA.

Please Note: At the time of publishing, we do not offer Hardcover Photography Books.

We should offer this binding in the near future. 


Binding Types

Example of an Open Softcover or Perfect Bound Photography Book

Softcover / Perfect Bound

Perfect binding is the most popular type of soft cover binding. They are inexpensive to make and produce a durable, high-quality, attractive look that can’t be matched. Their main feature is the professional-looking square spine. Learn More about Perfect Binding.


Saddle Stitch

Example of an Open Saddle Stitch Photography BookSaddle stitch binding is the most inexpensive and simple to make. This binding option is perfect for more casual photography books that have a smaller number of pages. Learn More about Saddle Stitch. Learn More about Saddle Stitch.




Gloss paper is perfect for photography books. The shiny and vibrant paper makes the colors of the photographs pop in a way that other paper simply cannot compete with. Our recommended cover paper for photography books is 100# Gloss Cover, which will give your photography book a more upscale look and a higher end feel. It is our highest quality premium paper. For inside paper, we recommend 100# Gloss Text. This premium paper features high opacity for two-sided printing that will have minimal show through the opposite side.


Mate paper is going to be your number one choice for photography books that are primarily black and white or sepia. Matte paper will give these photos a more vintage feel because the paper is very low glare. If you are considering matte paper, we would recommend going with a 100# Matte Cover for your cover paper and 100# Matte Text for your inside paper.

Gloss vs Matte Paper with Quote "One of the greatest differentiators between matte photos and glossy photos is this extra layer of shine - so a glossy photo is actually a matte photo with an added layer of gloss!" ~ Matt Fey


We offer 13 standard photography book sizes available in portrait, landscape, and square orientations for our customer’s convenience. If you don’t see a size that is right for your project, you can even choose a custom size for your project. If you want to create a custom size, your height and width should be between 4” and 12”.


  • 4.25 x 11
  • 5.5 x 8.5
  • 6 x 9
  • 8.5  11
  • A4 (8.27 x 11.69)
  • A5 (5.83 x 8.27)
  • A6 (4.13 x 5.83)


  • 8.5 x 5.5
  • 9 x 6
  • 11 x 8.5




  • 6 x 6
  • 8 x 8
  • 12 x 12




Two Fast & Easy Ways to Make a Photography Book

1) Turn Your PDF into a Photography Book

The first way to make your photography book is to upload your completed print-ready PDF to our pricing tool when you place your order. This way all of your design is already completed, and your photography book is ready to go. If you prefer to do this option, we have lots of FREE downloadable templates that you can use to make sure that your project is print-ready. We offer downloadable templates for Adobe Suite products such as Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, and Acrobat.

We also offer step-by-step tutorials on how to load our present and save your files as a PDF for InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Canva, Publisher, and Microsoft Word.


2) Upload Photos and Make Your Photography Book Online

The second way to make your photography book, and the easiest way, is to upload your photos to our FREE online photography photo book design tool and create your book through there. We offer more than 30 themes for you to choose from and a range of customizations that you can use to make your perfect, custom photography book.


What Our Customers Say

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“This was the best book at the best price! I wanted to print a family history book of just under 100 pages, which was just under $100 on Shutterfly/Mixbook. I took a leap of faith with an online printer and got a quality book for a price the family could afford - 10 books at $25 each. Thank you.” ~ GK

“This company made creating and ordering a bunch of photo books very easy and cost effective. Will certainly use them again. Highly recommend.” ~ Suzanne

“I am so pleased with the quality of the paper and the overall book. It was above my expectations. The customer service was personal, friendly and very customer focused. The price for the product is fair and makes small projects very affordable. This opens the door to more possibilities for small groups, clubs, and school projects. Printing USA will be my go to place for my printing needs.” ~ Grace

“The format was simple and easy to complete. The final product was superb. I would highly recommend this company.” ~ William


Types of Photography Books

Travel Photography Book Example Family and memory Photography Book Example

Travel Book

Travel photography books are used to keep the memories of a trip or vacation alive in your home or for your friends. Use these photography books to make collages of your favorite images. Travel photography books are generally more casual and can encompass more candid shots of people, pictures of food or landscapes, or your favorite activities from your trip. Really, anything can go inside a travel photography book.

Family/ Memory Photography Books

Family or memory photography books can capture lots of wonderful life experiences. You can take current digital pictures, gather digital pictures and/or gather pictures that will help enhance your memory book.




Read more about a Travel Photography Book here: Learn More! For more information about Memory photography books, see our blog post: Learn More!


Portfolio Book Example Wedding Photography Book Example

Portfolio Book

In the ever-changing job market, it can be hard to leave a lasting impression with a potential employer, customer, or client. One sure-fire way to make sure that you are remembered is with a custom portfolio book. Not only will a well-made portfolio book showcase all of your qualifications in a neat and professional way, but it will cause you to stand out in a sea of generic candidates.

Wedding Photography Books and Albums

Make a keepsake for friends and family with a wedding photography book from before, during, and after the ceremony. There are a variety of wedding photography books available. Some are created as “save the date” notifications, others are the actual wedding programs. Some wedding booklets are simply created to commemorate the event. Whatever purpose you want your wedding photography book to hold, it will be sure to be a wonderful way to remember your special day!
For more information about Portfolio Books, see our blog post: Learn More! For more information on Wedding Photography Books, see our blog post: Learn More! 


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Why Choose PrintingCenterUSA.com?

We have been printing for over 50 years and over 20 years online. We have a top team of highly-trained customer service representatives that are ready to help you create your best product. We want you to be completely satisfied with your printing order. Customer satisfaction guaranteed! But don’t take our word for it. Take the words of the over 2,500 Trustpilot reviews that we have received, averaging 4.8 out of 5 stars! We pride ourselves on our high-quality prints, pleasing vibrant colors, and top-notch customer service.

G7 Certification

We are G7 certified, which means that we have color consistency across all of our printing devices. G7 certification is an industry-leading set of specifications for achieving a grey balance and is the driving force behind having visual similarity across all print processes. According to Idealliance:

  • “G7 is both a definition of grayscale appearance and a calibration method for adjusting any CMYK imaging device to simulate the G7 grayscale definition.
  • G7 is a method to ensure a similar appearance across multiple devices.
  • G7 is used to consistently hit desired color targets…
  • G7 is designed to align all processes, substances, and inks.”
Why Trust PrintingCenterUSA

G7 certification not just a certification that you can purchase; all printers have to be tested regularly by independent auditors sanctioned by the Idealliance in order to receive and maintain their certification.

For more information on G7 Certification, please see Idealliance.


  • One on one assistance from customer support representative
  • Free fully customizable photography book editor
  • Use of all the stickers, backgrounds, fonts, and templates available in our online design tool at no additional cost
  • Quick turnaround time
  • No contracts or upfront costs
  • Customer satisfaction guarantee



Who prints the best photo books?

Admittedly, we are biased, but we are proud to say that PrintingCenterUSA.com prints the best softcover photography books. We use premium, high-quality paper and processes. But don’t just take our word for it! Check out our customer reviews: Learn More! 


How can I print a photo book?

You can print a photo book with ease in two ways: 1) upload your print-ready PDF to our pricing tool and check out. 2) upload your photos and use our online photography photo book design tool to create your custom photography book.


How do I make my own photo book?

Making your own photo book is easy with our FREE photography photo book online design tool. Simply upload your photos, choose a template, and bam! You got your photobook! See our blog post for a more in-depth look on how easy it is to create your photography book: Learn More! 


How much does shipping cost?

You can find a shipping estimate based on your zip code on our online pricing tool. An estimate based on your full address will be given at checkout. Keep in mind that your shipping costs are estimates up until the product is printed, packaged, and processed through our shipping center. While our estimates are as accurate as possible, there may be a price adjustment. For more FAQs about shipping see our help center: Learn More! 

How to Calculate Shipping Cost on PrintingCenterUSA's Pricing Tool


How can I add or delete pages from my photography book?

In our online photography photo book design tool, you can add or delete pages by using the buttons at the bottom of the tool (shown in the images below). Click the icon with the plus symbol to add pages. Click the icon with the ‘X’ to delete pages. Please note that the design tool will limit your creation to the page requirements of your binding. Saddle stitch has to have a page count between 8 and 92. Perfect bound has to have a page count of 20 – 2” thick maximum.

How to Add or Delete Pages from the Photography Book Design Tool on PrintingCenterUSA.com


Can I create my own photography book layouts?

Absolutely! Simply choose out blank template to create your own layout and theme in our online photography book design tool.


Can I add a photo across two pages?

Yes! You can spread a photo across two pages. You can do this in our online photography photo book design tool two different ways. The first way is to choose a spread in the photo book layout tab. The second way is by dragging the photo that you want to spread across the pages into your design, and click the button ‘Background’ then ‘Spread’.

How to Make a Photo a Background or Spread on our Online Design Tool


I am a photo book novice. Is it easy to create a photography book?

Yes! If you need more help, please see our blog post that can walk you through all of the great features of our online design tool: Learn More! 


How long does it take to create a produce a photography book?

If you order with our online design tool, your photography book can be produced as fast as 3-4 business days. If you order by submitting a print ready PDF, you will be sent a proof for you to approve. Once you have approved your proof, your photography book can be produced as fast as 3-4 business days. 


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