Have you always been into magazines and wondered how they are made? While we can’t speak to the mass production of magazines, we can give you a glimpse into our production process here at Jilster.

We’ll show you what happens from the moment you’ve completed your magazine in the editor and placed your order, up to the moment your magazine arrives.

How are magazines printed

The moment has finally arrived. After all the hours you spent creating the perfect pages, your magazine is finally ready to be printed. Once you start the order process, the first order of business is selecting what format you’d like your magazine to be printed in. Do you want the regular magazine with matte or glossy cover? Binding stapled or glued? Or maybe you’d prefer a book. The choice is yours.

Tip: If you want to order more than one format, shoot us an e-mail at customerservice@jilster.com, we’re happy to help accommodate your wishes!

Once you’ve selected your desired format, the order process goes on to information like address and payment, and then you’re done!

As soon as you place your order, the high quality file of your magazine is processed (this takes some time, which is why you can’t edit your magazine immediately after ordering) and sent to the printer. The printer then processes your magazine file and, depending on the chosen format, produces your personalized magazine.

Printing process used to print magazines

The magazine printing process: Your high quality magazine file gets sent to a large iGen printer where the pages get printed, in the right order, and then get moved to the next step in the printing process. The cutting, stapling, gluing and laminating is all done manually. A person moves your unbound pages from machine to machine until the desired format is achieved. It is then packaged by hand and gets picked up by the shipping company.

A note on formats with adhesive bindings: These require drying time. This is why a glossy magazine with adhesive binding has a longer production time than the stapled format.

Stapled magazine with matte cover

  1. Your file is printed, (double-sided) by large iGen printers on A3, 135 grams paper (including the cover)
  2. Pages are cut along the cutting lines (not in the middle)
  3. Pages are stapled in the middle
  4. Magazine is packaged and shipped

Production time: 1 business days (shipping time depends on shipping country)

Stapled magazine with glossy cover

  1. Your file is printed, (double-sided) by large iGen printers on A3, 135 grams paper
  2. Your cover is printed separately on 250 grams paper and a glossy laminated cover is added
  3. Pages are cut along the cutting lines (not in the middle)
  4. Pages are stapled in the middle
  5. Magazine is packaged and shipped

Production time: 2 business days (shipping time depends on shipping country)

Glossy magazine with adhesive binding

  1. Your file is printed, (double-sided) by large iGen printers on A3, 135 grams paper
  2. Your cover is printed separately on 250 grams paper and a glossy laminated cover is added
  3. Inside pages are cut along the cutting lines (including the middle)
  4. The loose middle pages are glued to the middle of the cover
  5. Magazine is packaged and shipped

Production time: 2 business days (shipping time depends on shipping country)

Hardcover book

  1. Your file is printed, (double-sided) by large iGen printers on A3, 135 grams paper
  2. Your cover is printed separately on 450 grams material and a glossy laminated cover is added
  3. Inside pages are cut along the cutting lines (including) the middle
  4. The loose middle pages are glued to the middle of the cover (drying time required)
  5. The spine gets folds pressed in, which makes it possible to open and leaf through the book
  6. Book is packaged and shipped

Production time: 4 business days (shipping time depends on shipping country)

Ready for shipping

When your order is ready for shipping it’s moved to the packaging section at the printer. This is where the barcode on the back of your magazine is scanned and your address is added to the packaging. The shipping method used to ship your order depends on which shipping order you selected during the order process. If you’ve chosen for a method with track and trace, you will automatically receive an email on the day that your order is shipped.

Tip: Want to know when you can expect your order to arrive? Calculate it here.

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