Special Print Options

Have you ever wondered how people get those cool effects on their prints? Here are some quick print and design ideas to help you elevate your work.
 

Spot UV

Spot UV is a commonly-used effect on Book and Magazine covers. You can apply it to specific areas of your design to create a noticeably shiny, contrasting surface. Spot UV is different to lamination, which we use to cover the entire book surface to protect it instead of adding a visual effect.

We apply the UV coating over your artwork, which creates semi-translucent areas. Please refer to our Spot UV set-up guide to see how to add this to your print design.

Booklet with spot UV on the cover
 

Metallic Foil

 A foil imitates metals like copper, silver or gold. So when light hits the foil, it has a shimmering effect, bringing a sense of luxury to your finished print job. If you would like to add a foil to your next print job, our foil setup guide will show you how to do this.

 

Variant and Sketch Covers

Make your Comic Books and Graphic Novels even more desirable with a variant or sketch cover.

Variant covers feature exclusive artwork or specialty finishes - while sketch covers are custom front pages that we print on uncoated paper so artists can add custom art to the cover once printed. Check out our set-up guide to find how to incorporate these into your next print run.

Comic book with two distinct covers
 

Endpapers

Endpapers, endsheets, or endleaves are double sheets of paper partly glued to the inside of a book's front and back cover. Made from a slightly heavier paper stock than inner pages, they serve as a protective barrier dividing the inner text from the cover. They can also serve as a decorative feature.

Choose from a range of colors from the dropdown menu on our Instant Quote Calculator and refer to our Endpapers Support Page for more information.

A photo of an open yellow hardcover book with orange endpapers.
 

Dust Jackets

dust jacket, also known as a book jacket or dust cover, is a detachable outer cover made with laminated printed paper stock. This outer cover has folded flaps that encase the book inside and on the back book cover. 

The primary purpose of a dust jacket is to protect a book from wear over time. But nowadays, they provide extra space for authors to display promotional material and general information about the publication. Learn more about how to set up your dust jacket with this guide.

Example of a dust jacket
 

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