Portrait Books

Portrait Books are an awesome entry level fine art album perfect for family, newborn or teen portraits, guest books and budget conscious weddings.  They are similar to our Boutique Books but are available in limited sizes with limited options as listed below.  Printed on our gorgeous Seldex Signature Fine Art matte paper, Portrait Books are creased down the centre of the page ensuring a layflat design that provides an uninterrupted view of each album spread.  They feature our "skinny" page option (approx .5mm) certainly not paper thin, but a little bit thinner than our standard Boutique Books pages. 

We utilise Canon's LUCIA EX pigment inks which combine the glossiness of dye ink with the vivid colors and weather resistance of pigment ink for all our album printing..  For the 12 LUCIA pigment inks, in addition to CMY ink colors, Canon developed special complementary RGB colors and two shades of gray, realizing an expanded range which enables greater overall balance. With LUCIA, vivid colors can now be achieved on a variety of media types.  The new LUCIA EX pigment ink system increased the color reproduction range by up to 20% by using more vivid pigments for all 12 colors and through the use of pigments with a variety of particle diameters. Furthermore, Canon has successfully produced a dark black using an ink design for raising the grade of black in order to meet the demand for high image quality from professional photographers and creators.

Use amazing album design programs such as Pixellu Smart Albums or Fundy Software to easily design your album layouts, then upload your completed files.  

Our complete print and bind service saves you time and money and your album arrives ready for your customer to pick up!

Please make sure to print our Print Specifications information booklet to help with your print settings.

What size Portrait Books are available?

  • 10 x 10" square
  • 12 x 9" vertical and horizontal
  • 12 x 8" vertical and horizontal

All Portrait Books are submitted as double page spreads - therefore if you are ordering a 10x10" album you would need to send us a 10x20" jpeg @300dpi.

What paper types are available on my books?

All Portrait Books are printed on Seldex Signature Fine Art Matte paper only.  Lustre is not available.

How should I handle my Seldex Signature Fine Art Matte prints?

Your prints are "fine art" and therefore handled as such.  Treat them as though they were an original painting as they are not as durable as lustre prints.  This also means fine art printing should be stored away from moisture and direct sunlight unless protected by acrylic like in our Mietta Frames.  When handling it is advisable to wear cotton gloves so any natural oils on your hands do not transfer to the print. 

How many pages can I have in a Portrait Book?

Portrait Books include 6 double page spreads - this is included in the price.  Additional spreads can be purchased up to a maximum of 20 double page spreads. 

If you require more than 20 double page spreads you will need to order a Boutique Book.

What materials are available?

  • Asahi
  • Linen
  • Buckram

What cover design options are available?

  • Plain
  • Standard embossing

CLICK HERE to view photographs and information on the various Cover Design options.  Remember not all of these options are available for Portrait Books.

What album linings are available?

  • White only

Can I emboss my studio logo in my Portrait Book?

No.  To keep the pricing down we are not offering studio embossing as an album option.  We do think it is important to brand your album with your studo logo and we suggest you add your logo into the actual design - either on the first or last double page spread.

What packaging options are available?

  • Black presentation box with black wrap - included at no charge

How do I design a Portrait Book?

There are many options available to photographers for Boutique Books and it really depends on how much time, and or, money you have.  The most popular and time saving solution is to use an album design programme such as Fundy or Smart Albums.   If you go to the Software page here on our website you will find some of our recommendations for computer design programmes.

When designing your Boutique Book please remember to set your pages up as double page spreads.  We trim off approx 2-3mm all the way around when we do a final trim.  Please make sure you do not place anything in this area that you do not want trimmed off.

Download our Print Specifications information here!

Does Seldex assemble my Portrait Book?

Yes!  Seldex™ assembles prints and binds all Portrait Books inhouse and ships you a complete book ready for you to deliver to your client. 

How do I order my Portrait Book?

You can order your Portrait Book online - simply log in using your username and password and click on the "Add To Cart" icon in the top right hand corner of this webpage. 

What will I need to upload for you to complete by Portrait Book?

  • Double page album spreads - correctly sized and saved as jpegs @ 300dpi
  • Album plan

If the software you use to design your album does not create an album plan automatically for you, it is easy to create your own.  By using Adobe Bridge or Photoshop you can use the jpeg files to create an album for us.  This is then used by us to ensure the album spreads are all mounted in the correct order when binding your book.

How long will my Portrait Book take?

Portrait Books are handmade, made to order albums and therefore require 10-15 business days to manufacture. 

 

Wait! Just one more step before you place your order.

Legal jargon you most likely won’t read… but you should!

By accepting the Terms and Conditions of Service, YOU (the Customer) agree that:

  • This product is a customer order and all sales are final – no refunds or exchanges.
  • We cannot promise to change or cancel any order after 48 hours as it may have already been sent to production.
  • You may use any software/template or program to design our albums, but please understand that you are responsible for the content, layout, size and resolution.
  • Seldex cannot be held responsible for any issues relating to incorrectly submitted files.
  • Please make sure to read our Print Specifications information booklet to help with your print settings.
  • Seldex do NOT colour correct any images.
  • If this is your first order using our print service, we recommend – sort of insist – that you get test prints done first. Our test prints are free and will show you how your prints will look when using our print service.
  • Seldex reserves the right to discontinue any specific product, material or option at any time.

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Sample Album – If you are ordering a sample album please make sure to use the discount code applicable. Discounts can be found on our Studio Display webpage. There is a limit of 3 display albums per year, and each display album be watermarked “Studio Display Album” on the last layout of the album.