Layflat Photobooks

Layflat Photobooks from Cahoots

Cahoots photobook with hinged lay flat paper – no “gutter bulge”

Cahoots photobook with standard paper

Layflat Paper

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.

If your book will be 60 pages or less, choosing a layflat book will allow enjoyment of 100% of every beautiful page, without wrestling with your book to keep the pages open. Layflat books are now available across all our most popular formats: 21cm Small Fun, A4 Classic Landscape, and 30cm Large Luxurious. (Layflat paper is not available for our A3 Large Landscape.) Learn more about our books.

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.