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Professional advice about making your thesis

A good preparation is the key to a beautiful thesis. We are happy to help you with the design of the inside pages and / or the cover of your thesis. Of course we can do the entire design for you. To guarantee the best result, we offer various printing and binding options; we can print your dissertation digitally or in offset, refine your cover with a matt or glossy laminate, use sewn band bound, perfect bind or PUR binding, finish your books with a softcover or a hardcover, etc.

Do you want to know what the best option is for you? Contact one of the specialists at Optima.

Request a quote for printing your thesis

If you fill in all the specifications of your thesis on our website: quotation, you will receive a customized quote within 1 working day. In our offer you will find various options and variables, including our special app option! We offer high quality for a competitive price. You can choose to let us take care of the design of the cover and / or inside work. Of course you are also free to do it all yourself or partly do it yourself.

Layout by Optima

Before we start, we first discuss the wishes together with the customer. Layout, font etc. Our typesetter / graphic designer will start with the layout of your inside pages as soon as we have received all necessary documents from you. Within a few working days we will send you a first trial version of the layout. Together we will fine tune this version. Your comments will be processed by us to get the definitive format. Our typesetter will complete all pages after your approval.

For layout examples, see layout examples

Test file

If you take care of the layout yourself, we advise you not to make the complete layout. Create one chapter first and send us a PDF. We will take a look at your file first. You can continue the typeset process after you received our comments.

After receiving the final version we will check the file to make sure that the file meets the (technical) requirements for printing. If the file is ok, we will make only one sample first. If the file is not ok, you will receive our checklist with comments. Usually we are able to solve technical problems for you.

Checklist for submitting a print-ready PDF file see: Print Ready Pdf.

Ready for printing

To create your test book, we need the final PDF file with the inside pages and the final PDF file with the cover of your thesis. If these files are too large to send by email (max. 5 MB), you can send us these files via This is the most secure and efficient way to send your files. Our ordermanager will send you an email to verify the specifications. Size, type of laminate, type of paper, amount of colour pages, etc.

A standard order (softcover, perfect bind) takes 8 working days to process and deliver. In case you have opted for offset printing, UV spot, hard covers, sewn binding, etc., the process time is extended. Our ordermanager will communicate the time table.