Saddle-Stitch Printing for Books, Calendars, Catalogs & Magazines

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1. Sheets vs. Pages

1 Sheet has 2 sides diagramLet's start with a single sheet of paper. A single sheet of paper has 2 sides, a front side and a back side (shown in the diagram on the left).

1 Sheet = 4 Pages diagram

A single folded sheet of paper gives you 4 numbered pages, as shown on the right.

How you number your pages depends on the page count. Page counts range from 8 to 92 pages and must be divisible by 4 (8, 12, 16, 20, 24, and so on).

How to Count Pages in an 8 Page Booklet

Page CountGenerally, the page numbers are on the outside of each page in the upper or lower corner (see red arrows above).

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2. Uploading Files

To Set Up & Upload an 8 Page Document:

  • In the image below, Page 1 is the Front Cover
  • The Inside Front Cover is Page 2.
  • The Inside Pages continue like the diagram below, 3, 4, 5, 6.
  • The last 2 pages will be your Inside Back Cover (Page 7) and the Back Cover (Page 8).

Page Order

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Types of Covers

3. Plus Cover vs. Self-Cover

It all starts with the paper - our three most popular paper choices for booklets are 80# & 100# Text (Gloss or Matte), and 80# Cover Cardstock.

  1. Self-cover is when the cover and the inside paper are the same weight. If you want self-cover, we recommend 100# Text (Gloss or Matte) for both the inside and cover papers.
  2. Plus cover is when the cover is thicker than the inside pages. If you want a booklet with a thicker cover, we recommend 100# gloss text with 80# gloss cover, which can be UV coated to give a luxurious, high gloss feel.


4. Portrait vs. Landscape

Saddle-stitch printing is available in portrait sizes: 5½ x 8½, 6 x 9, 8 x 8, 6 x 6, 7½ x 10; landscape sizes: 8½ x 5½, 9 x 6; and square sizes 8 x 8, 6 x 6. Custom sizes are also available.

Portrait vs. Landscape vs. Square

5. Our Process

After uploading your files, our pre-press department will review your designs to ensure they fit our file requirements and send you a proof. Once you approve the proof, you don't have to do anything more! Check out the steps below if you want to know what happens with your order before and after proof approval!

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Now that you understand the difference between sheets and pages, which order to put your pages in, the different cover options and our process, we hope you have an easier time putting together your final design! If you run into any issues, please give us a call at 800-995-1555.

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Amber Gauthier

Amber Gauthier

Amber Gauthier is the PrintingCenterUSA’s marketing and graphic design guru. Amber knows the importance that print marketing can make to a business and enjoys sharing her insight on everything from design tips to layout advice. She received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Montana. She also holds a certificate in Digital Marketing. When she’s not at work, you can most likely find her binge-watching TV shows and playing with her adorable dog, Luna.