Bob Books paper type explained

13th July 2017

Choosing your paper type can be on of the most difficult aspects of creating your phonebook, especially if you have not seen the different paper in person, so in this post we aim to break down the different paper type properties and help you make the right choice for your project.

Digitally printed Perfect bound books

Classic paper

This is our most versatile paper type, available in hardback and paperback covers and in all our photobook sizes. This is a satin finish paper, 200gsm and perfect bound, it opens like a traditional book and is similar to Taschen coffee table books. Depending on the photobook format you choose you can a maximum of 178 pages, so can really make a substantial photobook. Digitally printed using  HP Indigo printers, this is perfect for having a mix of photos and text, however as it is not lay-flat bound beware if you plan on placing an image across the spread as the perfect binding means some of the image will be lost in the spine of your book.

Gloss-coated paper

Like our Classic paper, this is a 200gsm, perfect bound book but with a very high gloss finish. Again you can have up to 178 pages depending on the photobook format and it comes in paperback or hardback cover finishes.  It is printed using top of the range HP Indigo printers on 200gsm paper. Once printed, the pages are treated with a high-gloss finish. The high gloss finish gives a sharp, vibrant finish to your photobook.

Matte paper

AT 170gsm, our Matte paper is the thinnest of our paper choices. The true matte finish and paper weight gives makes this more of a fine art quality feel to your photobook. Available in matte hardback covers only, the maximum possible paper numbers is 154 pages. Like our other digitally printed Classic and Gloss-coated papers, the matte paper is also perfect bound, but is printed using Kodak Nexpress high-density printers.

Lay-flat photographic paper boooks

Lustre photographic paper

Our popular lay-flat lustre photographic paper has a textured semi-gloss finish that softens and gives a vibrant glow to your images. The 300gsm paper weight gives and lovely thickness to your book. Available in all our photobook sizes except for large portrait. With the wrap around hardback cover, you can really create a substantial and weighty looking book with the lustre photographic paper.

The properties of this paper type make it ideally suited for wedding photobooks, landscapes, memory and heirloom books as well as portfolios and travel books. 

Gloss photographic paper

The gloss photographic paper really brings out the vibrancy and depth of colour in your images with its smooth high-shine professional finish. Also 300gsm and with a lay-flat binding, it is ideal for showcasing travel, animal and landscape images, particularly going across a double page spread. Available in all our photobook sizes except the large portrait, and with the hardback cover, you can create a truly premium quality photobook.

Matte photographic

The matte photographic paper is our newest paper type, currently only availabLe in the PDF-to-Book software. At 300gsm and with the lay-flat binding, it offers a soft, matte finish, perfect for portraits, portfolios and life style images. 

Available in hardback only, and in all our size formats excluding large portrait, you can now enjoy a true matte finish with lay-flat binding. The matte photographic paper book is not currently available in the Bob Designer desktop software, iPad App or the Online Book Creator

Paper Swatch packs

Bob Books has six different paper types to choose from for your photo book.  You can order our Paper Swatches Pack to help you choose. It contains one colour and one black & white print on each of our 5 paper types, to help you decide which finish would best suit your project.

The pack costs £5 including delivery and you also receive a £10 worth of Bob Reward points in your account.

Order a sample pack here.