Artist Catalogue printing

High quality catalogue printing to showcase your work and promote your latest art exhibition.

Showcase your best artwork in a prestigious book or catalogue.

Congratulations, your artwork is all finished and looks stunning. The exhibition space is booked and scheduled to open shortly. Now, what better way to promote it, gain some publicity and add an extra revenue stream than by printing a catalogue to accompany the show.


Our goal is to get your creative idea into print

Hi, we're Ex Why Zed! We are the artist catalogue print company you have been looking for. Day in, day out, we help transform artist’s ideas in to print!

So, what does that mean? Well, from the first contact with us you will be pleasantly surprised by our fast response time, friendly and helpful team. We offer a huge range of papers, sizes and binding choices, expert file set up advice and most importantly fair prices that make printing your artist catalogue commercially viable.

We will give you a wealth of resources, knowledge and friendly advice to broaden your understanding of the print process. We take pride in helping everyone from the complete novice to the print rockstar.


What options can I choose?

There are almost infinite possibilities on size, finishing and papers so we offer expert knowledge and advice before your job goes to press, a competitive catalogue print quote to stretch your budget and a high quality standard of printing delivered nationally throughout the UK and worldwide too.

Your work will be printed using the highest quality digital and litho presses to produce a vibrant catalogue that shows your work in the best light.

An appropriate size for every type of project
For cost-effective sizes keep your catalogue within A4 portrait, A5 landscape or 210x210mm square - these are the cheapest sizes to print but do choose the size that best fits your publication. The largest portrait size we can print is an impressive A3 (420mm high x 297mm wide).  Our maximum square size is 297x297mm.  The maximum landscape size is 210mm high x 297mm wide.

Add an eye-catching extra dimension
We are creatives too so we offer foiling, embossing, debossing, spot varnishing, die-cutting, motion cutting, fold out pages, GF Smith papers and many more solutions to make your project unique (all these options are premium and do jump the cost up so might not be ideal if you’re on a budget). Find ideas and inspiration on our premium extras page.



Printing winning artist catalogues

We have been doing this a while now and have seen a lot of impressive publications come off our presses.  To give you a head start with your catalogue printing, here are three print specifications which work well (and photos of them, see right).  Each has its own characteristics which have proven to be winning combinations from a production perspective, cost per unit and most importantly, have reader appeal.

If any of our showcase options would work for your project, take a note of the spec and jump on our quote form to receive your bespoke quotation. Or ping us an email on if that is easier.

Showcase 1 - a smart looking A5 landscape, stapled catalogue which is not only cost-effective to print but cheap to post:
A5 Landscape Wire Sitched Books
4pp Cover onto 300gsm Silk
Matt Lamination to outer
16pp Text onto 130gsm Silk
Four colour print throughout.

Showcase 2 - a professional catalogue to showcase your exhibition's complete works:
A4 Perfect Bound Books
4pp Cover onto 300gsm Silk
Matt Lamination to outer
36pp Text onto 120gsm Uncoated
Four colour print throughout.

Showcase 3 - a high-end, stylish catalogue that will impress your recipient:
A4 Perfect Bound Books
4pp Cover onto 300gsm Silk
Matt Lamination to outer
100pp Text onto 130gsm Silk
Four colour print throughout.

Tweaks you could consider...
• Reducing the cover to 250gsm which also makes it easier to open.
• Switching to gloss lamination for a shiny aesthetic.
• Increase the size to A5 to save you money and make the publication more ergonomic.
• OR increase to A4 for a larger area of content.
• Increase the weight of the inside pages to 170gsm making it more substantial and impressive for the reader.
• Pick out some content on the cover for Spot UV varnishing which makes it shine (this is an additional £280).

Get your print quote

Enjoy looking through our showcase of recent art book printing

When printing catalogues with Ex Why Zed you get all of the following as standard...
Your work in print
Hey, let’s be honest…sending out a printed catalogue is much nicer than emailing someone a pdf, isn’t it!?
The best customer service
We don't like to blow our own trumpets but we enjoy doing what we do and we take absolute pride in helping all of our customers from start to finish on their print journey. We're proud of our impressive 320 reviews on Trustpilot too:
Super Helpful Set Up Guides
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. We have made them as user friendly as possible but if you’re stuck drop us a call or email for a quick answer.
Free Paper Samples
While we’ve done our best on our paper choices page to make one sheet of white paper look different to another sheet of white paper, there’s nothing better than seeing them in reality so you can stroke, sniff and examine them in close up. Jump on our form and we will send out a pack out asap.
No Minimum Order
At Ex Why Zed you can print any quantity from 1 upwards and the exact number you need. If you'd like 71 catalogues then we'll print 71! If your gallery is in its infancy then a long print run might be out of reach for the first show. Our digital presses offer the perfect solution with low unit prices so you can test the market first.
UK & Worldwide delivery
Delivery within the UK is free. Yes, FREE! The portfolios will arrive the day after they leave us. We also deliver work around the world too and just charge the shipping at our cost price from the cheapest courier on the day.
Environmentally friendly papers
All of our papers are FSC Approved. These are arguably better than 100% recycled papers because there are fewer chemicals involved in making them. We also use vegetable inks on our litho press.
Your go-to print supplier
We want to become a reliable cog in your supply mechanism. Send us your artwork, we’ll preflight it for no extra charge, then print it and deliver with no fuss allowing you to concentrate on running the creative aspects of your business.

Confused by all the options?

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Dive into our file set-up help guides
Here is what some of our previous customers have said
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.
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.
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
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.
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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Our FAQs section will answer all of the finer details

If you were "just wondering" about one last thing, well “just wonder” no more, here are the answers!

View all our FAQ's
How do I place my order?

Ready to place an order? Brilliant, you'll need to upload the files using sending them to 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.

Once we receive your print ready artwork, we'll aim to deliver in 5/6 working days (we do get busy at degree show time). If you are working to a crucial deadline PLEASE allow more time - there's no harm in getting the artwork to us early so we can deliver a few days before the show starts 🙂

How long does it take?

We will aim to deliver the finished books in 5/6 working days after receiving your print-ready artwork.  If you are working to a crucial hand in deadline then we strongly advise leaving more time in case there are any artwork issues with your files or courier problems with delivery.

Bespoke options do add extra time on the turnaround.

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.

In turn, it is unlikely that what you see on screen actually matches your original painted or drawn artwork.

Why aren't your prices online?

We don't advertise our prices online because we prefer to open up a conversation with you and find out a little bit about the project. Your artwork is unique and bespoke, so in turn, we will provide you a unique and bespoke print quote for your job.  I am sure you will take no fun in looking at a boring spreadsheet with rows of bemusing numbers so we don't put you though that.

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