Portfolio Printing

Portfolio Printing

From: £3.00

(10 customer reviews)

Architecture, student and other types of large format portfolio printing.

Check 'Yes' if you plan to trim them yourself, which is useful if you plan to put them in portfolio sleeves


Portfolio Printing in Nottingham

Portfolio printing is one of our specialities at Cycle Printworks.

We have been printing architecture portfolios, product design portfolios, photography portfolios, interior design, interior architecture and all sorts of other student portfolios for years.

We print onto a large selection of papers and styles to suit the need and desired look of your final panels.

To keep our prices low compared to high street stores and have your prints ready as fast as possible, we print most portfolio prints untrimmed. This means if you are printing an A2 or A1 portfolio the pages you receive will be slightly oversize and still have an approximate 5mm white margin around the print. This extra paper and oversized version of your panel can also be useful if you plan to mount your prints after receiving them.

If you’re local, you are welcome to use our professional guillotine for free, alternatively in the off season when we have the staff and time available we can trim your portfolio prints before you collect or before we ship them for a little extra.

If you’d like to trim them yourself then select the crop marks option when adding them to your basket ( this doesn’t apply to cartridge, watercolour and Bristol board A2 and A1 sheets as they are are printed onto pre-cut sheets, not from a roll like all other papers).

Paper Types

  • 90gsm matt coated paper
  • 180gsm matt coated paper
  • 230gsm matt coated paper
  • 260gsm satin photo paper
    • Satin is recommended for prints with black backgrounds
  • 260gsm gloss photo paper
  • Cartridge paper
  • Watercolour Paper
  • Bristol board


  • A2 Portfolio Printing
  • A1 Portfolio Printing
  • A0 Portfolio Printing
  • Custom sizes and printed banners also available, please contact us for a quote.

The cartridge paper and Bristol Board both come in flat sheets at exact A2 and A1 size, so no trimming is required. This does mean however, you need to take into account the printer margins, as we can’t print them full bleed. With paper types that come on a roll, we are able to print them at the exact size you send your files across at 100% onto oversized paper, which can be trimmed down to create a borderless effect. For more information about this check out the file preparation and print guide.

Double & Single Sided Printing

All of our large format portfolio prints are single sided only. This is because most papers are coated with a finish on one side of the paper.


For an easy to browse price list for the portfolio printing options you can refer to our student architecture printing price list.

Special Note to Nottingham Architecture Students:

Please don’t order this service online last minute or within 1 week of a department deadline, instead contact us directly via telephone or text to make a booking. This way we can accomodate you more quickly and find you a specific print slot and upload time, potentially splitting your portfolio into batches depending on the size.

Lead Time

  • Please allow 2 days for your online portfolio order to be printed and shipped, although we often print it quicker.
  • If you are in a rush please sit down and calculate exactly how many panels you need and at what sizes, figure out how soon you can have them prepared ready to upload, then contact us with your exact requirements to discuss booking a specific print slot. We can arrange print slots with a turnaround time as short as a few hours, subject to confirming a booking and print slot availability.


  • Click and collect locally from Lenton, Nottingham –  Free.
  • 24 to 48 hour courier post anywhere in the UK in a protective box or tube – £10


How it works printing your portfolio when ordering online

  1. Purchase your portfolio prints and complete the checkout.
    • The quantity added to your basket should reflect the exact number of pages in your portfolio.
    • During checkout select if you’d like to collect from us locally in Lenton, Nottingham or if you’d like us to post your prints.
  2. Upload your artwork to us.
    • PDF is fine if you made it using office software such as Word, PowerPoint or Publisher. Use ‘PDF for print’ if the option is available.
    • If you used graphics software (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign) please send every panel as a separate 300dpi maximum quality CMYK jpeg.
    • Read and follow our file prep guidelines for full details and rename each of your files accordingly before uploading.
  3. Have a cup of tea and a biscuit because you finished your work and deserve a break.
  4. We print your portfolio work as soon as possible and then call or text you to let you know when your work is ready to collect if you are local, or get it straight in the post if you’re elsewhere.
  5. You present your incredible portfolio at the academic presentation or that big interview, you get some awesome grades or land the dream job, then you continue grace the world with your creativity :-)

To order offline

  • If you are unsure of anything or have any questions please contact us to book a print slot via telephone or text, you can then upload your files any time before your print slot and pay on collection.

10 reviews for Portfolio Printing

  1. Harry (verified customer)

    GREAT SERVICE and great quality printing.

    I’ve recently used the service to print an architecture portfolio and despite living in london, i found that using cycle printworks was cheaper easier and friendlier than any service used previously.

    The team are really helpful and work around your deadlines at short notice. will definitely be printing with cycle printworks again. i highly recommend.

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  2. BC (verified customer)

    Fantastic printing service- quick friendly and really good quality.

    Easy upload through dropbox, sent one day and collected the next :)

    Great communication letting you know how you’re prints are coming on, really accommodating. Really cheap too.

    Highly recommended for other architecture students for crit work and portfolios. Very happy customer!

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  3. Chris (verified customer)

    Excellent freindily service at all hours of the day, perfect for last minute deadlines. Always receive high quality prints. Probably owe a part of my degree to cycle printworks, thanks guys

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  4. Beth (verified customer)

    Absolutely excellent printing service.

    I had been struggling to print my Graduation project on a Saturday afternoon and Cycle Printworks were quick to help me with the project. The price is fantastic and well worth the money. They provide an extremely fast turnaround with great quality prints.

    If I wasn’t graduating this year I would defiantly use Cycle Printworks again, however I will be contacting for any printing in the future and I will pass on their contact details to friends.
    Thanks again!

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  5. Luke (verified customer)

    Always very professional and really helpful.

    Alex from Cycle Printworks has been an absolute life saver with getting printing done in time for my Architecture Degree.

    These guys will stay up way beyond the normal 9-5 working hours in order to get the job done! Super reliable, and reasonably priced too.

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  6. Josh (verified customer)

    Since First Year undergrad I’ve been using ‘Cycle Printworks’ and they’ve never let me down! Their professional service and flawless print quality make it the top printers in the city, and the first port of call for any architecture student!

    They always answer their phone and are happy to talk through potential printing options until settling on one which suits in terms of cost and processing / print time.

    The low price is obviously appealing, but quality, convenience and friendly service are the main attraction. You won’t find a better printing service in Nottingham!

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  7. Luke (verified customer)

    Cycle Printworks have been so helpful for my architecture degree.

    They provide great quality prints at good prices. Such great people, who are always so friendly and welcoming. They are really easy to contact, which is brilliant. If my file had an error they would call me and talk through the problem and how to solve it.

    I’ve been printing with Cycle since beginning of second year and they’ve always been reliable. A big thank you to Lee, Kam and Alex for their service over the last two years.

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  8. Leah Bingham (verified customer)

    Best printers in town! Always great quality, fab prices and the loveliest people! Makes printing stress free in an architecture students time of need

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  9. Theo Mortimer (verified customer)

    Excellent print quality, reasonable price, the best service I’ve ever used and some of the nicest people I’ve ever met.

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  10. Geoff Lester (verified customer)

    I don’t normally do reviews but I wanted to take the time to say that this outfit is exceptional. Great quality, really responsive, reasonable prices, patient with Photoshop novices & thoroughly nice people. Thank you

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