Layflat photobooks are perfect for special occasions.
Our layflat paper is 216gsm coated stock with a satin finish. The paper has a plastic “hinge” that alows the paper to freely lie flat. This not only provides great visibility to details that are otherwise lost in the gutter of the book, but there is no wrestling with the pages to keep them fully open. Because of this, a thicker stock is able to be used, adding to the quality feel of the book. The layflat uprade is worth considering for those special books.
Upgrade your traditionally bound book to layflat paper (if your book is 60 pages or less) and enjoy 100% of every beautiful page, without wrestling with your book to keep the pages open. Layflat books are now available across all our range of formats: 21cm Small Fun, A4 Classic Landscape, 30cm Large Luxurious, and even our A3 Large Landscape. Learn more about our books.
Large Landscape A3 photobooks are perfect for when you want to make a real statement!
How to Order Layflat Photobooks
Remember that layflat books have a maximum of 60 pages. To order your layflat book, choose the appropriate layflat option in the Easy Designer product selector when you start your project. To determine the cost difference between a standard book and a layflat equivalent, refer to the “Let Me Do It” pricing tables, or use our book cost calculator.
Layflat Design Tips
Since layflat photobooks do not lose content in the gutter, they can really make an impact when an image is displayed across the binding seam. We have some great examples in the Subiaco store for you to view, if you are able to drop by.
When displaying images across the binding, there are however some important watchpoints to be aware of. As our hinged layflat books are traditionally bound, each left and right page is a separate piece of paper. Due to slight variations in printing registration front and back, and also small tolerances in trimming the pages, there can be a mm or two variation in the vertical or horizontal positioning of each left and right page. Therefore it is strongly advised not to put important and/or high contrast/linear elements in the centre of the spread. Similarly, it is best not to place text across the binding, unless you are certain that the seam will fall between letters. As a general rule it is best to keep the focus of the image/spread to the left or right of the hinge area.
Note also that Large Landscape A3 books will have a black hinge, so will not be amenable to images extending across the binding. All other sizes have a white hinge.
Cahoots book with hinged lay flat paper – no “gutter bulge” Cahoots book with standard paper