Everyone likes to have some record of a very special event – weddings, christenings, anniversaries. Photobooks provide the ideal solution
and choosing the right papers will have a huge impact on how well
the book is received.

Things to keep in mind:

  •  Think about the papers and boards you will use for page. Over the years, a range of papers and boards have been developed which are ideal for this purpose and mixing and matching them can have a huge impact on the person asking for the book and those who will look at it for many years to come.
  •  If you only want a small quantity, digital print is the answer and, because so many papers and boards have been developed in recent years for this purpose, the standards of quality achieved are extremely high.
  •  How you finish your photobookwill help it to stand out and incorporating a varnish on the front and/or inside pages, foil blocking or embossing could make a big difference to the way people react to it. If the content and messages are important, then it is well worth the additional cost of incorporating one or more of these finishes.
  •  If the photobook contains lots of coloured images, the type of paper you use will influence the finished look. Gloss papers give the best results, but if you want to be more creative then silk or even modern, uncoated papers will deliver outstanding results.
  •  Cost should also be factored in, to help you decide if you are producing a premium, designer or standard quality momento and you can then plan its content, print and finish to suit your client’s budget.
  •  Protecting the photobook is very important and if your client really wants something that will last a lifetime, producing a special box in which to keep it will add that final finish. You could either use the same paper as that of the photobook or one which will complement it.
  •  Where environmental credentials are important to you, a variety of paper options to help you meet this need are available.
  • Vibrant 

    Colour reproduction is important where photographs or other full colour images are used. Mix in the range of papers to use – gloss, silk, uncoated – and the importance of paper choice starts to take shape. If you are unsure about which one to use, ask your local sales team for printed samples.

    > Recommended products:
    Creative Papers for instant impact: Keaykolour – Rives – Curious Collection – Conqueror Bamboo
    Coated Papers: Novatech
    Uncoated Papers: Print Speed Laserjet – Olin

  • Digital print

    Papers for digital print are becoming more widely available. However, if you are using HP Indigo machines the papers you use will need to have a special coating. It is always safer to check if the paper(s) you are proposing to use is certified for these machines. Ask our sales deskif you are unsure about anything - they arepleased to help. Our sales desk will provide you with product information for your digital press(es) and will connect you to the Antalis d2b network. The “digital to business” network is a fantastic opportunity to get in contact with all actors of the digital printing market, to get new ideas for your company and to get more business opportunities by sharing digital expertise and best practices.
    Please consult our D2B pages into the information center section (add the right link).

    > Recommended products:
    Added value creative option: Arjowiggins Creative Papers Digital Range

  • Contrast 

    You may decide to use a different weight for the front sheet compared with those of the other leaves making up the book. Decide if you want them to match or, if you want to be a little different, why not mix papers to provide a contrast. Don’t forget, it is going to be used and cherished for a long time so producing something extra special is important.

  • Environment 

    Antalis offers a broad range of certified and recycled products. Antalis ensures all of our papers are made using pulps from well managed forests, so you can be sure the papers you use have a socially responsible chain of production – from the trees used to make the pulp all the way through to the printer.

    > Recommended products:
    Recycled: Cocoon or Eural for a more conventional recycled look