Skate Zine Printing

Publish your brilliant photography and print a sick Skate photo zine at Ex Why Zed!
THE SICKEST PRINT QUALITY

Our favourite zine genre!

There’s something about the dynamism and movement of skateboarding photography that just looks magnificent in print. Proper gnarly, high impact images, dropped in to your full colour pages.

So here’s the sketch: Ex Why Zed are specialist Skate Zine printers. We have a track record of producing great publications from your brilliant work. Check our case studies for ideas and inspiration.

VIDEO GUIDE
Watch our hour long zine video guide

We have compiled a feature-length, definitive video to methodically guide you through the entire process. This super informative video highlights how zines have proved the perfect solution for artists, small presses and independent publishers to promote their creative work. We detail the options available for size, paper and binding. We showcase illustrated, photography, poetry, skate and music zines and dissect the winning combinations.

ZINES ARE BORN HERE!

Our goal is to get your creative idea into print

Our almost infinite options on size, paper choices and number of pages give you the flexibility to create a completely unique journal of a weekend trip to a new ramp or a chunky memoir of an entire season.

Throw in a bit of snow or a fin and why not print a snowboard or surfing zine too for the off season?

Choose your best photos, add some credits or editorial, lay them out in Indesign and send us over the finished PDF. We’ll do the rest and within a few days your zines will arrive. Sick.

ZINE OPTONS

What options can I choose?

The very best layouts are often the simplest – so let your photography breathe and give it a whole page. Our Pinterest boards have some examples of previous zines we have printed with layout styles that worked well. Get inspired by what your peer group has achieved and look through some of our recent work below.

Not sure how many copies you’ll sell? Well once you’ve taken delivery then we’re always happy to tweet a link to a sales page to showcase your work and increase exposure.

WINNING SKATE ZINE SOLUTIONS

Printing winning skate zines

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 zine 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 hello@exwhyzed.co.uk if that is easier.

Showcase 1 - a super smooth, lightweight zine, with a slightly thicker cover:
A5 Booklets
4pp Cover onto 170gsm Silk
40pp Text onto 115gsm Silk
Four colour print throughout
Trimmed collated and wire stitched
As a guide, you could print 100 copies of this for £2.24 each.

Showcase 2 - a cost-effective zine with all the pages onto the same thin uncoated paper:
A4 Booklets
60pp Self Cover onto 100gsm Uncoated
Four colour print throughout
Trimmed collated and wire stitched
As a guide, you could print 200 copies of this for £3.39 per zine.

Showcase 3 - an impressive, perfect bound skate book for an annual or large collection of rad content:
A4 Perfect Bound Book
4pp Cover onto 300gsm Uncoated
Matt Lamination to outer
88pp Text onto 150gsm Uncoated
Four colour print throughout
As a guide, you could print 1000 copies of this for £3.38 per book.

Showcase 4 - an ideal A5 professional looking solution for 40 pages or more:
A5 Perfect Bound Book
4pp Cover onto 300gsm Silk
Matt Lamination to outer
40pp Text onto 130gsm Silk
Four colour print throughout
As a guide, you could print 100 copies of this for £3.60 each.

Tweaks you could consider...
• Reducing the cover to 250gsm which also makes it easier to open.
• Choose gloss lamination for a shiny aesthetic.
 Silk for a smooth appearance or Uncoated for a more tactile, retro feel.
• 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.
• Stapling (wire stitching) can be done for upto 72 pages.

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THE PROOF IS IN THE PUDDING

Enjoy looking through our showcase of recent skate zine printing.

BENEFITS OF PRINTING WITH EX WHY ZED
We hope you have enjoyed looking around our website. Here are some extra reasons to trust Ex Why Zed with your next project:
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.
UK and 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.
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 zine, 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.
Accessible account managers
We don’t believe that you should have to settle for the bare minimum from your print company. You have spent hours, weeks and months preparing your stunning artwork so why would you now go and give it to a printer where you can get an instant price, upload a pdf, then the files disappear and you have to keep your fingers crossed that what turns up is what you expected?
Super fast response times
We will get back to you within a few hours, usually quicker. Sometimes, we’ll get back to you before it even feels like you pressed “Send” on the email. Loo, we’re not sitting here twiddling our thumbs but we certainly won’t make you wait days for a response to a quote request or email.
Thorough file checking is standard
We understand that you might not be 100% confident in preparing artwork for print. When you send us your files, they are thoroughly checked and we always come back to you with recommendations for improvement if something doesn’t look right.
Environmentally friendly papers
All of our papers are FSC Approved. These are arguably better than 100% recycled papers because there are less chemicals involved in making them. We also use vegetable inks on our litho press.
Our customers trust us
We are proud that a large percentage of our business comes from repeat orders and happy client referrals without the need for expensive advertising campaigns. In turn this helps us keep our prices down which ultimately helps make your projects more commercially viable. Win win!

Confused by all the options?

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SHARING THE LOVE
Here is what some of our previous customers have said
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 HAVE QUESTIONS?

Our FAQs section will answer all of the finer details

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 much does it cost?

We like to interact with our customers, find out about their projects and have a bit of dialogue rather than hide behind a massive, confusing spreadsheet on a website. We provide a bespoke quote for each and every job because your project is bespoke and unique.

Don’t get us wrong, our process is quick and efficient but we like to add extra value by starting a conversation with you first. Remember conversations? Yep, they are what happened before your phone was glued to your head! 🙂

For this reason we don’t list all our prices online but get in touch either in email or through our quote form and we will give you a bespoke quote.

How long does it take?
We will aim to deliver the finished zines in 4/5 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.

Additionally there can be a day or two of amends required to the artwork before it's print ready which we're more than happy to help with but you'll need to factor that in to timings.

Remember, we’ll need a hi res pdf file with 3mm bleed and crop marks on each edge to go ahead please. Sending it over correctly first time means we can go straight to print. Do have a last check through our file set up guides to make sure all the boxes are ticked.

What options do I have for the cover lamination?

Matt Lamination works best with silk and uncoated covers. We would suggest using gloss lamination if you are aiming for a super shiny, high impact cover. Soft-touch has a velvet, illustrious feel but does attract finger marks REALLY quickly so best not eat your lunch before reading!

What papers will work best with my skate zine?

Check out video guide here and we’ll talk you through the options with examples printed on each of the finishes. Still uncertain? Jump on our sample pack form and we’ll get some paper choices ij the post asap.

What sizes can you print?

The max portrait size will be 420mm high x 297mm wide.  The maximum square size is 297x297mm.  The maximum landscape size is 210mm high x 297mm wide.

Why do you call it ‘text’ pages? Can I have images?

Yes, ‘text’ pages is our common term for the inside pages of your publication. They can be filled with illustrations, photography, full colour artwork…or just text if it’s a poetry book.

What is a page?

For the purposes of our quoting, we call 'a page', one side of content.  So, a sheet of paper has two pages - a front and a back.  If you ask for a quote for 40 inside pages, that will be 40 pages of content, 40 pages in your artwork file / pdf and in the book 20 leaves printed on both sides.

Do I need lamination on my cover?

This video guide gives you a great showcase. The short answer: when paper is printed, the ink sits on the surface. When it is then folded to make your cover the ink can crack. While you should never judge a book by it’s cover, this cracking will look unprofessional. Lamination is a thin layer of protection which prevents the ink cracking. Win win. It comes in matt, gloss, soft-touch or anti-scuff.

What is wire stitching?

Wire stitching is a little bit of print jargon for ‘stapling’. If you have an A5 booklet then we print it onto A4 sheets, fold them in and put staples along the left-hand edge to bind the sheet together. In some quarters, this is also known as ‘saddle stitching’. Let’s stick with stapling though if that’s easier 🙂

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