Trim sizes

Trim size/finish size in printing refers to the page size.

MCRL is an offset printer which means we use sheet-fed presses. Our machines use pre-cut sheets of paper, called parent sheets, that are fed through the printing press one sheet at a time.

This type of printing is best for short or mid-range runs (300 to 10,000 units). The offset printing process allows us more flexibility than Print On Demand in terms of book trims/sizes.

A few pros and cons of offset printing:

Pros of offset printing:

  • Highest quality printing
  • Wide range of specialty options
  • Low per-unit costs

Cons of offset printing:

  • High setup costs
  • 300 minimum order quantity (MOQ)

Trim size is usually measured in width by height.

The most popular trim sizes of Journals and Planners are:

  • 6 x 9
  • 7 x 10 (most economical)
  • 8.5 x 10
  • 8.5 x 11 (most economical)

More economical and industry standard book trim sizes can be found here.