Tom’s Tip – Know When To Fold `Em

When a simple print just isn't enough it's time to consider folding, yet this option can be a bit more complex than you think.  Here's a quick guide to help you understand your options.

Single Fold: This is used mostly for brochures. This is printed on larger paper so the final product will be 8.5” x 11” in size when stapled and folded. We can print brochures in both portrait and landscape orientations. This type of product uses 4 pages per sheet of paper that are then folded and stapled to create the brochure. Since each sheet of paper needs 4 images, it’s best that the submitted file be a multiple of 4. This works ideally with 4, 8, 12, 16, 20 pages, etc. We’ve handled original files as large as 80 pages. In the event your file is not a multiple of 4, blank pages will be added to the document to create the brochure.

The half-fold can also be used on 8.5” x 11” paper to create a smaller booklet in which the final size will be 5.5” x 8.5”.

Letter Fold:  This is used for pamphlets and assorted mailings. This is printed on 8.5” x 11” paper and then folded as seen in the graphic. We call the letter fold above tri-fold in in our shopping portal.

Z Fold: More commonly called a Tri Fold, this creates a 3 panel appearance all in equal sizes.  This is another option for pamphlets and mailings. This is printed on 8.5” x 11” paper and then folded as in the graphic.

Double Parallel Fold: We use this on some instruction bulletins that are folded to a height of 2.75” printed on 8.5” x 11” paper that have four folds.

Engineering Fold: This might also be called Accordion Fold by some.  Z-fold is typically used to fit 11 x 17" drawings into 3-Ring Binders.

Gate Fold: This is used for pamphlets printed on 8.5” x 11” paper that have four panels on the inside.

POD can also help with custom folding not shown above. If you have a specific request, reach out to the Print On Demand team and let us work with you to find a solution to your print needs.

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