At Little Steps Publishing we can offer you all of the same production elements that are available to the larger publishing houses. These production elements will give your book a unique look and feel.

Gloss Lamination

Is a shiny or glossy lamination. It is high-profile and professional. Gloss lamination forms a protective coating over the print and gives books a polished look.

Matte Lamination

Gives a subtle, tactile, effect that oozes quality. Great for items where image and first impressions mean everything. Whilst forming a protective coating over the print, matt lamination does not provide the same level of protection as gloss lamination. Matt lamination is often teamed with spot UV.

Spot UV

Is used to enhance your book with a high gloss effect. It highlights logos, pictures, text and creates a subtle, shiny effect on a solid area of print.


A mould is pressed on the underside of the sheet of paper so that the surface stands out in relief, creating a three-dimensional effect without using ink or gold leaf.


Consists of synthetic fibres, which look like tiny hairs and add a velvet feel to a book cover.

Foil (Holographic or Metallic)

Foil blocking is when metal foil is used to create shiny, foil effects on the paper. Foil is available in a range of colours and is mainly used to enhance the overall look and quality of a book.


Glitter is available in a wide range of colours and can be added to the uv coating on a book cover.

Die Cutting

Die Cutting is the process used to cut out shapes and create windows in your book.

Glow in the dark

This is a type of UV added to the cover that makes aspects glow in the dark.

Single PMS (Pantone Colours)

Single PMS adds an extra colour from the Pantone colour books. It is often used to add neon or metallic ink to a book.
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