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2120 East Camelback Road
Phoenix, Arizona 85016
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Ready to publish your book? We’ve got great news—dealing with impersonal corporate publishers is a thing of the past! AlphaGraphics makes self-publishing easy.


Through every phase of your book, layout, design, cover content and binding—whatever your book printing needs, you can trust AlphaGraphics to give you the advice you need to succeed.


  • Bring in your ready-to-print project, or we’ll help you craft your dream publication.
  • Enhance your final product with handouts, online tests, and quizzes or CD/DVD study guides.
  • When your books are finished, pick them up, or have your books shipped directly to their destination.
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  • Soft touch laminating or coating
  • UV coating
  • Clear or tinted varnishing
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Soft touch laminating or coating is one of the most popular coatings for print finish options and offers the following advantages:


  1. Increases durability - Soft touch coating seals the ink against exposure to air and provides resistance to fingerprints and other impurities. The coating also helps maintain the fidelity of metallic inks. 
  2. Prevents yellowing - Soft touch coating is also less susceptible to yellowing, which makes it a better alternative to varnish.
  3. Versatile - The coating makes it easy to write and print over the coating.
  4. Non-toxic and environmentally-friendly - Soft touch coating is easily recyclable and does not produce harmful by-products.
  5. Cost-effective - This water-based coating is used in-line with the printing process, delivering significant cost savings.




UV coating provides a brilliant glossy sheen or subtle matte to business cards, postcards, flyers and other printed materials. UV coating provides a thick layer of long-lasting protection. Three advantages of UV coating are:


  1. High-Shine or Matte Finish - UV coating enhances colors and create a slick, glossy visual effect, or a smooth matte finish. 
  2. Durable - When mailing or distributing materials, a UV coating keeps your materials from getting scuffed or scratched, making them look fresh off the press.
  3. Environmentally-Friendly - UV coating provides a chemical and abrasion resistant coating without using solvents. 




Varnish is basically a clear or tinted ink that seals and overprints ink and paper to help protect the finished printed piece from being scratched and scuffed. It can add a glossy, satin, or dull finish. Varnish offers a relatively low degree of protection compared to other coatings and tend to yellow over time. The two advantages of varnishes are:


  1. A spot varnish allows you to highlight specific areas of a printed piece to add shine and depth to specific elements on the page such as a logo or image. This helps make the selected area pop by enhancing the sharpness and saturation of the image.
  2. A flood varnish covers the entire printed page and manipulates how light reflects or is absorbed into a sheet. Gloss varnish deepens colors while satin and dull finishes reduce contrast between colors.


Whether you are in need of books for your business or interested in self-publishing your latest masterpiece, AlphaGraphics is ready to take your project from the page to the press. Capture your audience’s attention with a polished, affordable publication created by YOU—without the hassles and hoops of the huge publishing conglomerates.


After you’ve completed your book, we’ll work with you to market and promote it. Your masterpiece, your way. We’ll help you get your work into the hands of hungry readers with targeted marketing solutions that are handcrafted for your audience.

Contact the team at AlphaGraphics today to get started!


As you can see by this web page, book binding can be a complicated process with many options to choose from. Let us simplify the process by finding out your vision and making expert recommendations.


Stop by our convenient Camelback Road location and look at actual bound book samples. We love to show off our work. Often, a few minutes with one of our competent staff makes fast work of what can be technical and confusing terminology. Some people call if soft back, others call it perfect binding. But at the end of the day, talking in person to someone who knows the difference really cuts through the clutter.

Give us a call today. We have extended business hours at our Biltmore location, just north of Arcadia. Call today, 602-263-0122.

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