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Perfect binding is ideal for publications with higher page counts (28 pages up to 2 inches thick). Perfect binding is single sheets (text weight) of paper printed on both sides, collated in page number order, one on the other, and gathered into a book block. The spine edge is ground off. The soft cover (a thicker cardstock) is placed over and around the book block (interior pages) and attached by applying a strong yet flexible PUR glue along the binding edge, creating a square spine that can be printed on. The other three sides of the book are then trimmed to the desired finished size to give them that clean "perfect" edge, thus the name "perfect" bound. An open, perfect-bound book does not lay flat like a saddle stitch, wire-o, or spiral-bound book.

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Perfect Bound File Specifications

Color for Printed Books

Color

Save your PDF in CMYK.

Image Resolution

Resolution

PrintingCenterUSA recommends that the resolution of your images and document be 300 dpi or more.

Bleed for Printing

Bleeds

Bleed is an extra 1/8” of image that extends beyond the trim area of your printed piece. The project is printed on an oversized sheet that is cut down to size with the appearance that the image is “bleeding” off the edge of the paper.

 

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Templates

Using our blank templates is great because the files are already checked and have the proper format we need to print. Use our templates to help you double check your designs so that when you submit your order, your files are error free!

FAQs

Perfect-bound books are inexpensive and provide a durable, high-quality, professional book. They are ideal for books with higher page counts (28 pages up to 2 inches thick). Perfect binding gives you a soft cover bound to the individual inside pages with solid yet flexible PUR glue, creating a printable, square spine.

The minimum number of pages is 28, and the maximum is 2" thick. Two-page increments are required when ordering.

Because perfect-bound books cannot lay flat without breaking, a portion of each inside page will lose visibility into the spine. This inside gutter can take between ¼" and 3/8" of each page. Be mindful of this while designing and add an extra ½ "cushion to the binding-side margins of each page of your perfect-bound book.

Crossovers are images that span two adjacent pages. They are not recommended inside a perfect-bound book due to gutters.

A unique feature of perfect bound books is the ability to design the spine if it is more significant than 1/8th inch. You can keep it a solid color, add text, or have one continuous image covering the front cover across the back cover. Determining your spine width depends on the number of pages and the paper stock you have selected.

Catalogs, self-publishing books, and children's books commonly use perfect binding.

You will receive your perfect-bound book after proof approval in 3 to 4 business days. You can request rush production and shipping to receive your book earlier.

Customer Service and Support

We offer the best quality printing at competitive printing prices paired with live personal service and support. Get to know us and make us your online printing company! You’ll be happy you did. Our goal is to have your top-quality print job delivered to you...ON TIME EVERY TIME! Get to know us and make us your online printing company! You’ll be happy you did!

“The customer service was exceptional as the product. You exceeded my expectations in every way. Immediate response when I contacted Customer Service and very good guidance on the format and materials that I should use for my product. I could not be happier. Will definitely be using you again! Thank you so much!” 4.9 stars - Eve

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Perfect Bound Printing Services

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Based on 79 reviews
3 mon ago
I've reprinted my book 3 times and they've always turned out perfectly!
5 mon ago
Beautiful job - great color - well done
8 mon ago
this company is great..pleasure working with them!
9 mon ago
The quality of the books are amazing. We will keep your company as our only supplier. Thank you.
10 mon ago
Our yearbooks look great. I was amazed about how quickly they arrived.
11 mon ago
This is a reliable company that stands behind their work.
11 mon ago
Very professional. Color of photographs excellent. Feels like a good quality magazine
1 yr ago
Amazing and good looking print job! Thank you for a flawless product and a smooth process.
1 yr ago
Amazing service and quality!
1 yr ago
I love it.
1 yr ago
Print Center is the way to go for top quality. I am very pleased not only the product but also the manner in which my order was processed.
1 yr ago
These books are a huge hit with our community. I had never done a perfect-bound book, and never a project this big; the folks at PCUSA were very patient and helpful. I will definitely use them again!
1 yr ago
Aside from some edges being slightly scuffed (probably in shipping) the books always come out perfect.
1 yr ago
Wonderful quality and attentive customer support makes PrintingCenterUSA my printer of choice for all our future projects.
1 yr ago
We have had very good experiences with PrintingCenterUSA in the past which is why I chose them for a difficult perfect bound booklet. Unfortunately, I had terrible problems uploading files for this order. Initially my files were very large (although within their upload maximum) and apparently crashed their server. But even after I reduced file size substantially and was well below the maximum size requirement it still crashed on upload. I tried this several times. I ended up having to use Dropbox. Even then there were more pre-press issues which we would have caught much sooner if a didn't have so much trouble uploading. I have to say that the person I was working with didn't make any serious attempt to resolve an issue that was clearly on their side. In the end, my customer was happy with the result. The quality was excellent and once we got over the initial hurdles it was done quickly. I would normally give them five stars based on past experience, but I hope this low rating results in some improvements in their service.
2 yr ago
excellent product! great service!
2 yr ago
Excellent product for the price. The staff was very helpful with both advice and service. Highly recommend.
2 yr ago
Thank you so much for all of your help!
2 yr ago
Professional & thorough.
2 yr ago
I was especially impressed with the staff who made sure everything was correct which helped immensely because the final product was exactly what I wanted.
2 yr ago
It was so easy. Everyone was nice and helpful. I am not that comfortable with using an automated platform and one of the staff stayed with me step by each step so that I managed it and got it right. Then I made a mistake and again, a super helpful member of the staff sprang into action to help fix my mistake. I brag about Printing Center to everyone that will listen although the product they created for me does the bragging also!
2 yr ago
Great service!
2 yr ago
The completed project looks great, the paper weights (80 and 100lb) are perfect for the book
3 yr ago
The finished book - perfect bound - was more than I hoped for. The printing of the photos brought them back to life!!!
3 yr ago
The final booklet we had printed came out great. The color printing was high quality, it looked very professional and had the best price point I could find for the work we wanted done. I will be using them again for this project and others. Also, there was a lot of contact from the company before printing to be sure the final proof was going to come out how we wanted and look great.
3 yr ago
I had an annual report printed and perfect bound. The final product was top notch and the proof process was very impressive.
3 yr ago
good communication, great customer experience in dealing with your staff. Will return again.
3 yr ago
Team was really helpful and supportive to make sure I got exactly what I needed.
3 yr ago
Excellent service and excellent finished product. I can't recommend these guys enough. The whole process was easy, affordable, and I love the finished product (a magazine). Cheers!
3 yr ago
The magazine fulfillment and delivery took exactly as long as it said it would. I got updates through out every step of the order (received-being processed-shipped-out for delivery) which I really appreciated since I was so excited to get them in. The magazine itself is such good quality. The glossy cover is a really nice touch and the pages are nice an thick. Even pages with a lot of colored ink look high quality. We will be ordering these again. Thank you!
3 yr ago
Incredible service! It was our first time using PrintincenterUSA and it exceeded our expectations. The magazine we ordered looks so high quality and just like we wanted it. We'll definitely be ordering again!
3 yr ago
Had an issue with how the colors were printed on the final books, but that was resolved by customer service. Happy with how the second round turned out.
3 yr ago
Our front cover printed a little more red than the original image. All of the other pages look great. I understand printing colors may be off from the digital image. I am trying to figure out how to assure our colors are accurate from digital to print.
3 yr ago
Love the end product, thank you so much. Super great job!
3 yr ago
Everything went well as expected. Thanks for the great service!
3 yr ago
Great job!
3 yr ago
Allison and the rest if the team at Print Center USA were amazing. so patient and helpful. the end product, a 30 page color catalog of art, came out STUNNING! even w Covid the project moved and shipped quickly. Totally reasonable pricing for a beautiful print job!
3 yr ago
i AM VERY SATISFIED AND HAPPY WITH MY BOOK. THANK YOU.
3 yr ago
Everything came out great! Customer service was professional, reliable and overall easy to work with each member of staff I came in contact with.
3 yr ago
Quality is amazing!! This is my third Magazine issue you printed for me.
3 yr ago
I’ve been ordering since June and my magazine is nothing short of being well put together.
3 yr ago
Great quality and helpful staff! We had yearbooks printed and they turned out wonderfully.
3 yr ago
I was just as pleased with my second printing order as I was with my first.
3 yr ago
Trust them for perfect binding, color, cutting, & bundling of all my books!.
3 yr ago
Amazing work on my first book ..I will be reordering this week as I have added more chapters lol...I love the work though .Very professional!!
3 yr ago
I've used a distributor printer for the past 12 years. I decided to use a traditional one to see the difference in price and quality of product. I must say, I was not expecting such a high quality product that really looked better than the printer I've been using for years. Not only were the books of premium quality, the customer service was top notch! I plan on using Perfect Bound Printing for a long time to to come.
3 yr ago
Great product and service. Thanks!
3 yr ago
Bright color and nice packaging. It came in on time also.
3 yr ago
I’m going on my third order and the quality is absolutely amazing! I’ve received nothing but great comments about my magazine. Thank you so much for being my printing company.
3 yr ago
This was the first time I had created a catalogue for my business and I am very happy with the result. The service was great and they even arrived a day early! They look amazing and I love the soft touch finish on the cover. I will definitely be ordering more!
3 yr ago
They did a fantastic job! I created a magazine for my boyfriend for his birthday and wanted to print 10 copies. They were extremely quick to respond when I had to make a last minute edit to my proof and the delivery was right on time. The finished product was perfect!
3 yr ago
Everything went smoothly. Response was quick. Quality of printing was very good.Happy with the result.
3 yr ago
All aspects of my experience with PrintingCenterUSA.com were ideal. Their website is comprehensive and articulate, and it provided all the information I needed in preparing my book manuscript for printing. The paper swatches, hard-copy proof, and final product (bundled copies of my book) were received more quickly than I expected. The quality of the final product, a 117 page booklet, was exceptionally good. I cannot imagine how it could have been better. Replies to my emails were prompt, and the customer service agents answered all my questions. My input to them was a PDF file containing all of the book's pages. The original manuscript was created with Microsoft WORD and saved as a PDF document. I then opened this document with Adobe Acrobat Pro, and saved it again as a PDF file. Although I did not comprehend the many settings in Adobe Acrobat Pro, apparently the PDF file satisfied all of PrintingCenterUSA.com's requirements. Even though WORD was the originating application, every page in the WORD document was filled with an image. The resolution of each image was 192 dpi, less than that of a high-quality photograph. But the 192 dpi resolution was sufficient for my purposes, and the resolution was preserved by PrintingCenterUSA.com's printing. The "Perfect Bound" binding was perfect, and the images on the pages were positioned precisely as expected.
3 yr ago
After six years of doing an online magazine, we took the plunge "back to the future" into the print world. Our experience with Printing Center USA has been quite good! We ordered the magazines through the online form, which was easy to understand. We then communicated with the print representatives, Melissa & Christina, regarding the proof, changes needed due to resolution, etc. The process was relatively easy. We received our finished product a week later and are extremely pleased with the quality of the product. The color photos look beautiful and I love the nice weight of the pages and cover. We will definitely be using their services moving forward.Very please!
3 yr ago
Great quality and well packaged when received.
3 yr ago
Very good quality, great services.
3 yr ago
Came out perfect.
3 yr ago
As a first time customer of PrintingCenterUSA, I received good advice on preparation of the press ready copy, many additional insights from company website presentations, good price quote, speedy printing and shipping, and I am very satisfied with the final printed booklet.
3 yr ago
Great quality and amazing customer service!
3 yr ago
The product was very professional and great quality.
3 yr ago
Excellent experience with printingcenterusa. Personalized phone consultation regarding design, efficient ship on a rush order, beautiful product. We'll definitely use again!
4 yr ago
I was so nervous to print as this was my first professional product in my small business. Mary did an excellent job helping me and answering all my questions to make sure I was 100%. The customer service was amazing! The product itself... wow!!! It's beautiful and exactly how I imagined it. I was so excited about what I saw when I opened up my package! Thank you so much Printingcenterusa for making my first experience a breeze! Your products are beautiful and kind customer service really tops it all off!
4 yr ago
This company is absolutely incredible. Great product and great people! I ordered magazines and the covers had a couple scratches on them. I contacted the company and they immediately sent me new ones, taught me how to order better covers in the future and even gave me $25 towards my next purchase. I can't say enough good things about this company and I will be a client for life. THANK YOU!
4 yr ago
Cannot be happier with the service and product quality! I will be using Printing Center USA exclusively for all my business print needs moving forward! THANK YOU!
4 yr ago
I was so impressed with the print quality, price, and service! A must use printer!
4 yr ago
Came exactly how I ordered it, and within decent timing considering we were in the middle of a pandemic.
4 yr ago
The catalogs I had printed looked really sharp. We very happy with the service, it only took a week from order to delivery. We looking forward of doing business again soon.
4 yr ago
This was my first time ordering,I wasn’t sure what to really expect, but I was very pleased with the results. They communicated with me through the entire process and the end results were amazing.
4 yr ago
Wonderful customer service, highly recommend! They even noticed a typo we didn't catch!
4 yr ago
Product was just what we expected. So delighted!
5 yr ago
The best part of this was how easy it was to format my books for printing. Their online tool for formatting the books took the horror out of checking sizes and bleeds, and just let me paste my .png files individually on each page exactly where I wanted. That free service is worth a fortune, but this was already the cheapest option I could find online. And the books are perfect. Couldn't be more satisfied.
5 yr ago
I wrote my Life Story and wanted it printed to give to my family. A beautiful job, I am so pleased and feel like I am actually a published author! My book will be a treasure to save for generations. Thank you.
5 yr ago
I ordered a number of prints for a book I made for the first time ever and I am honestly amazed at the perfection of the prints! I am so happy with the result on how these books turned out. Thank you so much!
5 yr ago
AWESOME!!!! We had a wonderful experience from beginning to end! The team was so involved and helpful every step of the way, and the final product looks amazing.
6 yr ago
Great customer service and the quality was excellent. Will use regularly!
6 yr ago
There was initial orderly arrangement that did not follow my orderly numbering, thereby and consequently correction time and rearrangement took a lot of time out. At the end I lost my target time and had to extra cost for overnight delivery or else I would have lost the purpose of making the catalog. The final product print is very good that is why i am giving them 4.
6 yr ago
Product was very nice and as expected. Communication during proofing was amazing and our contact, Mary, was excellent. The only complaint would be that production and shipping time turned out to be a little longer than they estimated. Overall great experience though, and we will be ordering again.
6 yr ago
Great customer service and great quality product. The only reason I gave them 4 stars over 5 is that the system for uploading and ordering is a bit difficult to work with. However, they are so friendly and helpful along the way that it's not that big of a deal. I don't regret using this company and will many more times in the future!
6 yr ago
We were really happy with the customer service and the finished product! Excellent Job!

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