We’ll help transform your 
ideas into print!

Inspiring children's book, zine, artist catalogue, self published book and 
booklet printing for the creative minds. Quick response customer service, 
extensive file set-up help and top quality printing.
Trusted by Many

We are trusted by 1000s of self-publishers, children's authors, zine makers, photographers, illustrators, independent artists, small to medium businesses as well as some much-loved household names.

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What we can print
We are run by creatives for creatives and actively embrace a forward thinking, refreshing outlook on printing.
Quick response customer service
The best quality printing
Super helpful set up guides
SPEAK TO A REAL PERSON

Friendly, expert advice and always available.

Ex Why Zed has built a reputation for providing our customers with a level of customer service that is second to none. We care about your printing and take a keen interest in your job from the outset – whether you require a one off book for your final major project, a catalogue to promote the end of year show or a brochure to help spread the word nationally about your new business.
Printing isn't a daunting experience
It's 2021 and it has never been easier to self-publish your work than it is today at Ex Why Zed.
Just wondering about something?
Our friendly staff are always around to help and guide you into the right path.
Catch us on email, phone or live chat
We maybe an online company, but we are real people who are here to quickly answer your questions.
LOVE HOW YOUR ARTWORK LOOKS iN PRINT

Your art looking the best it possibly can in print

We use the most advanced print presses to transform your ideas into print at the best possible quality - HP Indigo digital and Heidelberg Litho for all you print spotters out there :) Digital printing tends to be most cost-effective for up to 500 copies and on longer print runs, of 500/700 copies or more, we will litho print your work to achieve the maximum quality available.
Smile-inducing printing
Our presses are the best on the market and invoke happiness and joy when you receive your printing.
Fair pricing
At Ex Why Zed, we enjoy helping you transform your ideas into print and price all our jobs fairly to make that idea into a reality.
A zillion options
We try our absolute best to say "Yes" and offer a solution to every request no matter how bespoke.
SUPER HELPFUL ARTWORK PREPARATION GUIDES

Become a file set-up genius

We give you all the tools you need to quickly and easily prepare print ready artwork.

When it is time to start artworking your final book take 5 minutes to read through our file set up guides and watch our video guides. We have made them as user friendly as possible but if you’re stuck drop us a call or email for a quick answer.
Action packed, comprehensive video guides
We have lovingly curated a series of hour long+ videos to showcase all the options for printing zines, degree show catalogues and hardback books. No stone is left unturned!
Bite size, helpful snippets
In addition, there are also a number of five to ten minute guides on specific aspects of styling, design and FAQs.
Illustrated online guides
Relax and methodically work through our illustrated guides and your artwork will be set-up perfectly for print.
Tim BUTLER, GMIT Centre for Creative Arts and Media
Outstanding on every level.
The words "Thank you" seem much too small to express the sentiments and emotions experienced by EVERYONE of us in 4th year, here in GMIT Galway today. We were like expectant parents since last Friday and the sense of relief felt by all when we took delivery earlier today was immeasurable. Ex Why Zed is in a league of their own and your customer service is absolutely second to none. Your level of professionalism and patience with this band of first-timers deserves nothing but the height of praise. You took such a huge amount of pressure off us with your no fuss, straight to the point answers and your honesty. Any other print company would have taken our first pdf and gone to print but not Ex Why Zed!!. They went above and beyond and gave us their full attention at all times. Absolutely outstanding on every level. You can rest assured that your printing services will be at the top of all our lists from now on.
From the bottom of all our hearts THANK YOU ALL."
Excellent! Based on 340 reviews
How it works

The Ex Why Zed Road map for your journey into print.

1
Blast off!!
Well done for taking the first step. Click any of the "Start Your Print Journey" buttons and our intuitive and fun Project Builder will guide you through creating the perfect solution. Submit the form and we'll be back with a quote asap.
2
Let's talk through the options
Remember actual conversatons?  Well, at Ex Why Zed we are more than happy to discuss the options. When you call, you will speak to someone who actually knows about printing. How did our quote look? Would you prefer different paper choices? Would seeing a sample pack help? What can we do to help you get your project into print? Between us, we will move your project in the right direction.
3
This is the fun bit!
Turn your brilliant idea into a print-ready artwork file. Use our print portfolio, video guides and product pages for inspiration on design layout and ideas. Our set-up guides talk you through how to set up the artwork correctly using Adobe Indesign but you can also use Affinity Publisher, Canva, Scribus or even Word. Save it as a hi res pdf and send it over to us by email or We Transfer. Our team will give it an attentive preflight to make sure everything is OK. If not, we will let you know.
4
Time for some Ex Why Zed magic
We have booked the job in, you have signed off a final pdf proof and now it is time for us to transform your ideas into print!  The ink hits the paper, then we trim, bind and pack. Exciting!
5
Your hard work has paid off
"It's here, it's here!!" After a few days, you experience that magical moment of opening the boxes and there it is, your book with your artwork, you really did it! Ex Why Zed transformed your artwork into print and now it is time for you to show the world your amazing idea. Congratulations :)
SOME KIND WORDS FROM ELLIE, A CHILDREN'S BOOK AUTHOR
"Fantastic quality books and expert advice and support."
I have been using Ex Why Zed for three years and they have printed over 40,000 children's books for me. At every stage of the process they have been incredibly helpful, supportive and professional. The quality of the books is brilliant, the colours are vibrant and the overall look and feel of the books is exactly what I wanted. I cannot recommend Mike and the team enough - especially if you are a self-published author with limited knowledge of the printing process - they will guide and support you throughout the whole journey in bringing your book to life!

Ex why zed benefits

Even more reasons to use Ex Why Zed to turn your idea into print.
Accessible Customer Service
Refreshingly responsive, friendly and patient customer service.
See your work in print!
Posting out your book is way better than emailing someone a pdf, isn't it?
Super Helpful Set up Guides
Our illustrated and video series will expand your knowledge on the options.
Free Paper Samples
Need to see the paper.
No problem we will send you a sample.
340 Superb Reviews
Help from the start to finish of your print journey.
The only barrier is your imagination
There are almost infinite possibilities on size, finishing and papers.
Outstanding Portfolio
Get inspired by hundreds of real projects we have printed since 2006.
Environmentally friendly papers
All of our papers are FSC Approved, some are also 100% recycled.
Start Your Print Journey

sharing the love

Don't just take our word for it, see what our customers say.
Ewen
Ewen
10. January, 2021.
Ex Why Zed is an efficient company with very friendly and helpful staff. I was extremely happy with the effort they made printing out my children’s book and I would highly recommend their services for anyone looking for top quality printing.
Claire
Claire
18. December, 2020.
Despite it being a busy time of year, exwhyzed always got back to my emails promptly, they were very helpful and the turn around of the finished books was amazingly fast, Mike is really friendly and I would highly recommend them!
Esther Kersley
Esther Kersley
15. December, 2020.
Brilliant service. Thank you for doing such an excellent job and for such great communication.
Joe Skillington
Joe Skillington
15. December, 2020.
I was working to a very tight deadline but Ex Why Zed went the extra mile and turned my Children's book around in a matter of days. Really happy with the quality and the price is the best I found. Really happy customer!
Dele and Louisa
Dele and Louisa
15. December, 2020.
As a first time author, working with Ex Why Zed made the entire process really smooth. They not only served our printing needs but also served as consultants by guiding us on how to format our books to ensure the best possible quality. Our books came out really beautiful, the price was great and production time was super quick. Thanks Ex why zed, can’t wait to come back for my next round of books.
Richard
Richard
11. December, 2020.
I had 2 postcards made by exwhyzed and the communication,quality and price were very good. Would 100% use again
Mat Rumbelow
Mat Rumbelow
11. December, 2020.
From the outset, ExWhyZed provided fantastic support and customer service. As a first time self-publishing author, printing was a bit of a mystery. Their long and detailed explanatory video was a hugely helpful start, which enabled me to understand the process. Mike then followed up with templates, suggestions and email help to make sure my book was printed to the highest standards. They also worked hard to fulfil my order before Christmas, which was extremely important! I can't rate their service highly enough. Everybody who has seen the finished product is hugely impressed by the quality
Anne
Anne
11. December, 2020.
Exwhyzed is the best digital printer I have found for photography books in colour. The print quality is excellent, the colours exceptional and their 170gsm silk house paper superb. What makes Exwhyzed even more special is the personal service. Mike who runs the company is always willing to help with solid advice and information. I ordered a proof copy first to make sure that both of us had got it right. I was so pleased that I ordered 120 books which were printed, bound and delivered to my door with a week. I couldn’t recommend them more.
Genevieve
Genevieve
3. December, 2020.
Working with Mike at ExWhyZed was a joy! I am based in the US and wasn't sure how getting a print job done in the UK would go, but I needn't have worried. The attention to detail, patience and willingness to help - all backed up by a fantastic website loaded with excellent information made the project easy, quick and painless! Thanks Mike!
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Still JUST WONDERING SOMETHING?

The answers to your last few questions
If you were "just wondering" about something, well “just wonder” no more, here are the answers! We have done our best to give you a huge wealth of information on this page and in our guides but if here are some frequently asked questions to help you get your work into print.
View all our FAQ's
How long does the printing take?
We will aim to deliver books in 4 or 5 working days after receiving your print-ready artwork. Bespoke solutions do take longer.  If you are working to a crucial hand in deadline then do leave more time in case there are any artwork issues with your files or courier problems with delivery.
Will it look like it does on screen?
Unfortunately what is seen on an RGB, backlit screen is never going to be the same as it appears on paper in CMYK.  It's just impossible to achieve that and no printer could.  You will have to allow for some difference in the colours between the two mediums but having something tangible in your hands and seeing the images on paper gives the publication a charm that just sending out a pdf wont do.
Why aren't your prices online?
If you just need a quick and cheap price then, great, there are a hundred companies online for that. If you are looking for someone who listens to your requirements, spends time working out a bespoke price just for YOUR project and then prints at the best possible quality...then welcome to Ex Why Zed. I am sure you will take no fun from looking at a boring spreadsheet with rows of bemusing numbers so we don't put you though that.
How do I place my order?
Please upload the files using www.wetransfer.com sending them to hello@exwhyzed.co.uk and in the comments box let us know the number of copies you're going for and the best address for delivery. We'll then give your artwork a free preflight check to highlight any potential issues and will email with any advice or recommendations before going to production.
Where are you based?
We are in England's oldest recorded town, Colchester Essex.
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