Planning for folds

A number of fold options are available for brochure orders. Three of the most common folds are the half fold, tri-fold and z-fold.

brochure fold examples

Half Fold: No panel compensation is necessary; each panel is equivalent in size. The front and the back have an identical layout, and (1) template may be used for both.
Flat Size: 8.5 x 11
Number of Panels: 2
Folds: 1
Panel Size: 5.5″ x 8.5″

Tri-Fold: Because one panel “tucks in” panel compensation is necessary. Make sure you use both the front and back templates; THEY ARE NOT THE SAME.
Flat Size: 8.5 x 11
Number of Panels: 3
Folds: 2
Panel Sizes: On the outside of the brochure, the left panel should be 3.625 in. wide, and the center and right panels should each be 3.6875″ wide. On the inside of the brochure, the left and center panels should each be 3.6875″ wide and the right panel should be 3.625″ wide.

Z-Fold (3-panel): No panel compensation is necessary; each panel is equivalent in size. The front and the back have an identical layout, and (1) template may be used for both.
Flat Size: 8.5 x 11
Number of Panels: 3
Folds: 2
Panel Size: 3.667″ x 8.5″

For assistance in designing your brochure to allow for folding, download a free template from our template generator.

Keep in mind that folds not available pre-fabricated from our ordering system can still be done for an additional fee as a custom order. Make sure any folding questions about your job are clear BEFORE approving your proofs.

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