Saddle Stitching refers to a very popular book binding method in which folded sheets are gathered together one inside the other and then stapled through the fold line with wire staples. The staples pass through the folded crease from the outside and are clinched between the centermost pages.


Standard sizes available in most media.
5.5″x 8.5″, 8.5″x 11″, 11″x 17″

Larger sizes are available for specific media only. (Hammermill, Neenah Solar White, Sterling Gloss and French Paper)
12” x 18”, 12.5″x 19″, 13”x 19”



File Preparation


Page Layout – No Cutting/No Bleeds
You do not have to paginate your booklet, or to lay it out in spreads if you do not have a booklet that requires cutting. Our printing software will handle all page ordering and imposition.

You will set up the document size of your document to be the final size of your booklet.

For example, if you are ordering a 5.5×8.5” booklet, saddle stitched, then do not setup your pages 2-up on an 8.5×11“ sheet. Instead, setup your pages to be 5.5×8.5” each. If a finished booklet has 16 pages, then your document should also have 16 pages.

The first two pages and the last two pages of your document will be your booklet cover. If you do not wish to have any printing on the inside covers of your booklet, then simply include blank pages in your document.

See our page on Bleeds and Borders. 


Booklet Cover

Make sure your document has the same number of pages as what is being ordered (this number must be divisible by 4). So if you are ordering a 16-page booklet, then your document should also contain 16 pages.

The first two pages and the last two pages of your document will be your booklet cover. If you do not wish to have any printing on the inside covers of your booklet, then simply make those pages blank pages in your document.

If you wish, you can submit two files: One for your cover, the other for your inside pages. In that case, you will need to have four pages in your cover document: 1: Front cover, 2: inside front cover, 3: inside back cover, 4: back cover. Again, if you wish any of these pages to be blank, just insert blank sheets in your cover document.


Print Booklet: Bleeds + Trimming 

If your booklet requires trimming because it has a full bleed or it ends up being a specific size that is smaller than the sheet it is printed on then you will need to do one extra step before submitting.

We have created a How-To-Booklet to show you how to export your file using the Print Booklet feature that will impose your file and apply the necessary crops and bleeds for cutting after printing. You can find it here. 

Our laser printers are unable to print full bleed so will automatically leave a 1/8″ white edge or border around the pages of your booklet. If you do not what the white edge you will need to set up your file so that it can be cut down after printing.

See our page on Borders and Bleeds to learn more about setting up InDesign for bleeds.

If you have artwork that bleeds to the edge of the printed page and you want us to trim down the excess, then you need to make your sheet size large enough to include crop marks and bleed.

For example, if your finished size is 5.5″x8.5″, the document page size might be 6.5×9.5 to include both bleeds and crops. This will also mean that we will need to print your booklet on a larger sheet than 8.5″x11″ to accommodate the cut marks. This will affect your price since the booklet will be printed on larger paper and cutting charges will be added to the total.

Professional page layout software such as Adobe InDesign has built in ways to do this for you.

We have created a How-To-Booklet to show you how to export your file using the Print Booklet feature that will impose your file and apply the necessary crops and bleeds for cutting after printing. You can find it here. 



   File Submission


Please enter the total number of pages (not sheets of paper), including any cover pages. Everything should be included in one working PDF at the size you wish to print. 

Choose a paper from the drop down menu for the cover and interior pages. They can be the same if that is your choice.

 

You have a few variations to choose from for folding, stapling and finishing.

  • You can have us print without folding or stapling. This means you will be folding and stapling yourself.
  • You can do the half fold with no stapling.
  • You can have us fold, staple and cut. We will only cut booklets if ordered in quantities over 5.

 

Page Count Limitations

Paper thickness affects the thickness of the booklet and therefore Saddle Stitched Booklets may have page count limits. Depending on number of pages in the booklet, the paper choices for the cover and interior pages you may find that the booklet is unable to be stapled or close when laying on the table. 

Please discuss with a technician or student worker at the counter if you are considering printing a saddle stitch book with more than 40 pages. We can advise on paper selection to minimize the issues once printed and to make sure the booklet will be able to be stapled in the machine.