Book Binding and Covers

Not all binding and paper types are available for every book, cards, and calendars.

Imagewrap Softcover Binding

Our perfect bound photo books are constructed on a computer-controlled adhesive binding machine, which produces high-quality adhesive bindings. Our perfect bound process rivals the strength and flexibility of sewn books. Covers are laminated and pages are hot-glued to the cover, which is ideal for all of our on-demand products.

The cover paper for all of our softcover books features full color, laminated 100# Ultra Cover Stock available in either Gloss or Matte Lamination.

Imagewrap Hardcover Binding

Our imagewrap photo books are constructed using the highest quality pre-cut imagewrap boards and also are bound on a computer-controlled adhesive binding machine. The casebound binding service offers a spine lining sheet which is applied inside the front and back cover and secures the fold over of the cover sheet. Covers are laminated and pages are hot-glued to the cover, which again is ideal for all of our on-demand products.

Wire-O Softcover & Hardcover Binding

The wire-o binding service is used for 11x8.5 calendars, the 12.5x10 hardcover, and the 14x11 portfolio products. It is a strong square wire spine that does not spiral out of the pages with use. This durable binding option allows your book to lay flat on a table to display your work.

Saddle-Stitch Binding

The saddle-stitch binding option is used for our softcover books of less than 20 pages. The binding is stapled because there are too few pages to actually bind with the glue process. This is a durable binding option because the spine is stapled with industrial quality staples. Covers are not laminated.

FAQ: How do you count pages in your books?

Each side of a piece of paper is a page -- just like in a novel. * 1 sheet of paper has *two* pages. Just like a novel, each side of a piece of paper is a page. Divide max pages above by 2 to get max sheets of paper.


  • All interior pages are printed as double-sided (just like a novel). Each side of a piece of paper is a page. If you would like to order single-sided pages you have two options: 1) add a white page following each one of your pages or 2) Choose from one of our already-formatted books for single-sided printing: 9 x 7 or 8.5 x 11 Softcover book.
  • The term 'text' refers to interior paper, and 'cover' refers to cover stock. So 100# cover stock is not the same thickness as 100# text stock!
  • Books with over 240 pages add stress to the spine, therefore we recommend no more than 240 pages if your book will be handled frequently.
  • Imagewrap hardbacks require a minimum of 24 interior pages and a max of 160.
  • Soft cover books require at least 20 interior pages to perfect bind. Less than 15 pages and the book will be saddle stitched. Saddle stitched books do not have laminated covers.
  • Yes, we can bind books up to 700 pages. However, for books bound with more than 250 pages we don't guarantee the binding. When you get over 250 pages you risk the binding cracking after use.
  • We place a discreet ghosted logo on the back cover - you can select the logo placement when you build your cover. You have 2 options to take off our logo from your book: Pay a $10 logo removal fee at the end of checkout or purchase a Professional membership if you plan to order many books in the future- which will waive you from having our logo on the back of your books in the future.

Professionals and designers need more information and details about how design their cover. First, we cannot emphasize this enough:

Three Rules of Cover Design

  1. Do not try to be precise about placements of items on your cover.
  2. Do not try to place anything on the spine
  3. Leave lots of bleed. You cannot be too conservative moving elements away from the edge.

There are 2 options for creating your cover. You can either create your cover within the [/create/online-book-designer/|Book Designer] or during Step 2 of the [/create/pdf-book-printing|PDF Uploader], simply upload a front and back image, enter your text, and you're done! For many customers this is all they need, and they're off to checkout.

All about Covers

  • We HIGHLY recommend your covers be created as sRGB .jpg files
  • We HIGHLY recommend you leave plenty of room around your cover edges so important items (heads, text) are not trimmed.
  • Do NOT include crop guides in your uploaded file. This is especially important with Illustrator files. These recommendations are in place because our covers are printed as a single image file. Thus, we must flatten everything in order to make a uniform print. To avoid font and color space issues all cover manipulation is processed with sRGB .jpg images. Images that are not sRGB .jpgs are converted in the background and this may lead to some format and color space miscalculation. Thus, we recommend you perform the conversion prior to uploading your cover file. See these screen captures for information on [/photos/gallery/1046/23394|saving a PDF as a JPG].
  • Make sure you visit our Crop & Bleed page for the most detailed information on ensuring your cover content isn't trimmed.

Living on the edge is bad

Your mother probably told you this and hopefully you listened. If you set up your image to run to the very edge of the fold or crop guides, __you will be disappointed__. Binding equipment can easily have 1/4" fluctuation between cycles. Please compensate for this fluctuation.

Cover Dimensions

Imagewrap Softcover

All softcover books have 1/8" (3mm) bleed on all edges, so the cover should be .25" (6mm) larger than the final book size.

Spine width for softcover books is 300 pages (150 sheets) per inch, or 118 pages (59 sheets) per cm.

Imagewrap Hardcover

Safety Margin for Turn-in (Bleed) for all book sizes: 1.0"

Spine Widths
Page CountSilk 120 PaperPremium 150 Paper
24-72 pages:.22".22"
73-146 pages:.37".44"
147-220 pages:.52".62"
221-294 pages:.67".80"
295-368 pages:.79".97"
367-400 pages:.974"1.15"
Book Size Fullwrap Guide Front Cover Guide Back Cover Guide
11"x8.5" 11x8.5 Fullwrap Cover 11x8.5 Front Cover 11x8.5 Back Cover
12"x12" 12x12 Fullwrap Cover 12x12 Front Cover 12x12 Back Cover
8.5"x8.5" 8.5x8.5 Fullwrap Cover 8.5x8.5 Front Cover 8.5x8.5 Back Cover
8.5"x11" 8.5x11 Fullwrap Cover 8.5x11 Front Cover 8.5x11 Back Cover

All files are shown in the Cover Guides Gallery

Getting all wrapped up

The full wrap cover is another great feature that many individuals use to make breathtaking books. This option is easily selected under the "Advanced" tab during Step 2. of the Product Maker. This option will auto-stretch the front cover image to exactly fit the entire book.

Cover FAQ

Creating a Spine

We strongly discourage including your spine in your cover file. Paper size and cover dimensions vary greatly which makes calculating spine width difficult and we cannot guarantee that the spine you create will print perfectly. There is a high chance that it will fold over the cover. For this reason, we will not reprint a book with a custom spine.

For the best results, you have 2 options:

  1. Upload a separate front and back image and use the spine text tool in the "Design Cover" section. Our software will automatically fit the text in the center of the spine.
  2. Create a full-wrap cover with a continuous image - then use the spine-text tool to lay text on top of the full-wrap cover.
Note: Your book needs to be 40 pages or more in order for text to print on the spine.

Adding Spine Text to a PDF

To add spine text to an uploaded PDF you'll need to do so from Step 2 of the upload process. Under "Cover Text & Colors" you would click on "Spine Text" and then you can type the text you'd like to have at either the top and/or bottom of the spine. Once you have entered the text you'd like click "Update Cover" at the bottom of the page and it will be applied to your cover.

Adding Spine Text to a Book Designer Project

To add spine text to a Book Designer project, select the Front Cover in the edit step. When that page loads, there will be a section called "Captions". Click on Top or Bottom Spine and enter the text you'd like to have at either the top and/or bottom of the spine. Then hit "Save" when you've included all the text you need!

You can preview your change by clicking on "Cover Option" once you've hit save and the page has regenerated.

Do you offer different text types for the cover text?

Yes, we offer a [/products/fonts/|variety of fonts] to use for your cover text.


Cover Wrap

by cobie, 17 Apr 2016 (19:47 UTC)
I have made books here before, but the book I uploaded today (separate files for cover and copy) the cover is being shrunk to fit on the front page instead of enlarged to fit back and front. Nothing has changed (size) from the previous books I have uploaded....can you take a look and let me know what to do? I am building a 6x9 hard cover.

Re: Cover Wrap

by connie, 19 Apr 2016 (18:00 UTC)
In our cover section there is a check box to let the system know you have a "full wrap" cover. Just check that box and click the Update Cover button at the bottom of the page

Cover Image

by Corin Williams-Dixon, 08 Jun 2014 (16:53 UTC)
I am not sure if the image on the front and back of my book will be cut off an any way? I am not understanding the other messages below. Please help! Corin

Cover Bleed

by Jennie VanDuyne, 20 Nov 2012 (19:15 UTC)

I have uploaded the front and back cover images with the 1/8" bleed for the 5x5 mini book. When I click on Preview Hi-Resolution Cover it shows the images with the bleed still showing on the top, bottom, and outsides. It has taken the inside bleed off and included the spine which I was pleased with. However I do not want the bleed to be shown for the top and bottom. My design is text that is supposed to get cut off and my fear is that it was re-sized so that this would not happen. Please let me know if this is the case and how to fix it. Also I was disappointed to discover that your logo is going to be on the back of the book unless we have a professional membership which would be more than my order. Previously we wanted to order the mini books and the quote was around $107. Please let me know if there is another option other than the professional membership. If something can't be arranged to take the logo off we will take our business elsewhere.


Re: Cover Bleed

by PrestoPhoto Support, 20 Nov 2012 (21:02 UTC)
Jenne, thank you for your message!

I looked over your project. With the way it is, it looks like almost all of the text you have one the edges will be trimmed, so you may want to bring it in a bit. For mini books, you want to look at the the pink crop guide for the cover and the interior.

A professional membership is not required to remove the logo. You can also pay a $10 fee to remove the logo on a per order, per project basis. For instance, if you are ordering 10 copies of the same book, the fee to remove the logo is $10. If you are ordering 2 different books and you don't want the logo on either of them, the fee is $20.

If you have any questions about this specific project, please contact us at so we can further assist you.

PrestoPhoto Support

by , 03 Aug 2012 (19:48 UTC)


by PrestoPhoto Support, 06 Aug 2012 (14:05 UTC)
Greetings from PrestoPhoto!

We do not print on the inside of the front and back cover. The image-wrap Hardcover have a black endleaf page ( ), then page 1 beginning on the right, just like novel. The Softcovers begins with page 1 on the right just like a novel.

If you have any further questions please let us know and we'll do our best to help!

PrestoPhoto support

Premium Paper with Die-cut cover?

by alex, 01 May 2012 (22:55 UTC)

Could it be possible to have a Die-cut cover on a photo book with premium paper? Or is there something I've missed to allow that option?


Re: Premium Paper with Die-cut cover?

by PrestoPhoto Support, 02 May 2012 (15:16 UTC)
Hi, Alex!

Currently, our die cuts are only available with express paper. Let us know if you have any other questions!

PrestoPhoto Support

Cover image size?

by chbamey, 20 Dec 2011 (01:55 UTC)
I'm not clear on exactly what size to make my cover image document. It looks from the the image that I should I add the 0.75 inch recommended bleed to the 8.5x11 cover size for an imagewrap hardcover, for a final 9.25x11.75 inch document. Is this correct?
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