In the current Digitally saturated situation, printing may seem like a thing of the past. However, there’s still something real about holding a book in your hands. Creating your Saddle Stitch Booklet is a cost-effective method of binding. 

This step-by-step guide will walk you through the process of designing and crafting your saddle stitched booklet. So if you’re ready to unleash your creativity, print booklets and bring your ideas to life let’s go !

Understanding Saddle Stitching

Before we delve into the step-by-step process it’s important to grasp the concept of saddle stitching. Essentially creating a saddle stitch booklet involves binding folded sheets together by stapling them through their center fold resulting in a booklet structure. Normally a Saddle Stitched Book is between 8 and 72 pages.. if bigger, it may be best to consider Perfect Binding (PUR), Wirebinding or Coil Binding.

The name originates from placing the sheets over a “saddle” or spine during stapling.

Designing Your Booklet

The initial stage, of course, in creating your saddle-stitched booklet is designing it. This entails making decisions regarding its size, layout and content.

Here are some important factors to consider when creating your booklet :


Saddle-stitched booklets commonly use paper sizes, like A5 or A4 Portrait. Choose a size that suits your content and design. Bear in mind that some Landscape options, especially A4, may result in higher pricing due to a bigger page spread.


The layout of your booklet will depend on its purpose. Booklets incorporate captivating images and graphics… storybooks or manuals include text and illustrations, the qty depends on your book’s intended audience.

 Regardless of the purpose ensure the layout is visually appealing and easy to navigate.


Make sure your content is engaging, concise, and relevant to your target audience. Remember, Content is King! It is here that your message takes its primal and most important form

Preparing Your Design for Saddle Stitching

Once you’ve finalized your design it’s time to prepare it for saddle stitching. 

Here’s what you should do :

Leave Margins

When designing your booklet remember to leave a margin of 3mm, on all sides. This will prevent any content from being trimmed off during the process.

Include Bleed

Incorporate an area in your design that extends beyond the trim size. This will prevent any borders after trimming. Again, a bleed of 3mm on all sides is recommended.

Utilize High-Quality Images

To maintain image clarity make sure to use high-resolution images with a resolution of 300dpi. This will help avoid pixelated visuals. If you are a Photoshop guru, up it to 600dpi. Photoshop isn’t friendly and can reduce wording automatically

Convert Fonts to Outlines

Before sending your design for printing convert all fonts to outlines. By doing you’ll prevent any font-related issues during the printing process. If you don’t, you might get a print job that is missing a letter, or even a word. For self-taught designers, this is always something that seems to get missed, so get outliing!

Review Spelling and Grammar; 

Take a moment to carefully proofread your text for any spelling or grammar errors ensuring a final booklet. It’s a good idea to have a 2nd or 3rd person also do this.. once you’ve been looking at your work for too long, it’s easy to get a little lost in it!

Save as a Print-Ready PDF

Save your completed design as a high-resolution PDF file with included bleeds. PDF format is ideal for printing saddle-stitched booklets due to its compatibility and versatility.

Printing Your Booklet

Once you’ve finished preparing your design it’s time to proceed with printing by following these steps;

Select a Printing Service

Research and compare local printing services that offer saddle stitching options. Consider factors, like pricing, quality standards, and delivery choices when making your decision. Google Reviews are a fantastic way of judging a quality printing services provider

Upload Your Design

Most printing companies offer the option to directly upload your design, on their website. Make sure to select the size, paper type, and binding choices for your booklet.

Preview and Proofread (again)

Before finalising your order take a moment to preview your design and give it one more proofread. This is your opportunity to catch any last errors or problems before proceeding with the printing.

Place Your Order

 Once you are satisfied with the preview go ahead – place your order. Some printing services may provide physical proof for a fee, which can be beneficial, in ensuring that the final product meets your expectations.

Wait for Delivery

After placing your order all that remains is to wait for the delivery of your saddle-stitched booklets. Be sure to review the estimated delivery time provided by the printing service so that you can plan accordingly.

It’s Easier than you may Think!

Designing your saddle stitched booklet might initially seem overwhelming. But by following the steps outlined in this article you can smoothly navigate through the process. 

By planning your design and selecting a printing service you’ll be able to create an impressive booklet that will captivate your readers. Whether you’re making a personal booklet, or for business purposes saddle stitching is a budget practical choice that will provide your booklet with an elegant and refined appearance. So don’t hesitate, let your imagination run wild, and begin crafting your saddle-stitched booklet now!


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