What is Perfect Binding?

Perfect Binding is a form of bookbinding in which the books pages are bound by gluing together single sheets rather than by sewing or stapling. With this binding method, the pages and cover are glued together at the spine with a strong yet flexible glue. The other three sides of the book are then trimmed as needed to give them clean “perfect” edges. All of our books are measured and cut by hand, not in a machine, because of this we limit the quantity to 10 books per month.

Perfect bound books look clean and professional. Ideal for show catalogs, portfolios, photo albums, small run comics, and self published artists books.

 File Preparation

For more information on file layout and set-up and pricing, download our How To Booklet:

Everything You Need to Know About Perfect Bound Books 


DSF Submission Process for Perfect Bound Books


File Set Up

  • 2 separate files – a file for the cover(s), and a file for the body of the book.
  • Both files need crop marks and bleed marks to align during binding and ensure that we cut your book down to the correct size.
  • The body of your book must be single pages, not spreads.


File Format


Available Media

  • Perfect Bound Books are printed on the Laser printers and are able to use any paper that fits your file size (we don’t recommend Transparency or Vellum).
  • Due to the width of most book cover files, oversize books (larger than 8×10″) are only available to be printed with Neenah Solar White 100# Cover
  • You can supply your own paper or work already printed, but some papers won’t work in our printers or binder, so check with the a Service Bureau Technician before submitting your job. 
  • If you want to use more than one media you will need to submit a separate Laser order for the second paper type (let us know in Special Instructions), you will need to come in and collate the two paper types together before binding


  • Types:  Glossy or Matte (front side of the cover only)
  • Benefits:  Laminating the front cover protects it from general wear and gives the book a professional look. 
  • Prices:  Adds $5.00 /book

Spine Calculator

  • Refer to our spine calculation table to estimate how wide the spine will be. If you want text on your spine, be sure to make it small enough to fit. 
  • *We highly recommend a proof when using text on the spine. 


 Questions? Schedule a Consultation with our Technicians.  


  Turnaround Times

Perfect Bound Book orders can take 10 business days to fully complete your order. Proof books are usually ready in 4 days, and the finished book(s) 6 days after approval of the proof, not including weekends. Perfect Bound Books without a proof take 6 business days to complete. During busy times of the semester such as Critique and Finals weeks these times may double.


We highly recommend getting a proof of your book, they are the full price of one book.


We limit the quantity of of 10 books per month. Unfortunately, the binding process here at the Service Bureau is all by hand which takes a considerable amount of production time and pulls staff away from their other duties. For this reason, we reserve the right to deny certain amounts for Perfect Binding requests.


  Pricing  &  Submission Guidelines


All quotes and order submissions are via our Digital Storefront: www.sbureau.artic.edu

Visit the DSF Submission Process page for step-by-step instructions when uploading to the Storefront.



 Questions? Schedule a Consultation or Tour