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Advertising isn't
a science.
It's persuasion.
And persuasion
is an art.
- William Bernbach

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To learn more about how we can help with your printing needs, we invite you to call or email us. We are here to help.

Goetzcraft Printers
Phone: 734-973-7604
Fax: 734-973-2421
info@goetzcraft.com

Folding Tips

Almost all multi-panel brochures should be designed with different sized panels so that the panels fit neatly inside each other during the folding. Panels that gets folded in first should be 1/16" to 1/8" smaller than the next outer panel. This allows the smaller panel to lie flat and avoids buckling.

We invite you to contact us to get specific panel sizes for your next folded printing project.

Placement of Your Graphic Elements

The placement of your graphic elements within the panels is important when producing a print job that will fold. Since the design is usually created as a flat page on the screen, it is easy to overlook spacing considerations with regards to folds. We suggest that you allow a minimum of 1/8" margin on either side of a column of text within each panel. We also highly recommend you do a printout and a folded dummy of your artwork before uploading your final files.

Types of Folds


Half Fold:
A single fold, vertical or horizontal, along the center of the piece.

Parallel Folds: Two or more folds running in the same direction, so that each panel sits parallel to the next panel.

  • Tri-fold: 3 panel parallel fold where the panels all fold inside of each other, one after another. Also known as a Letter Fold.
  • Roll Fold: 4 or more panels fold where the panels all parallel fold inside of each other, one after another. Same as Tri-fold but with more panels.
  • Accordion Fold: two or more parallel folds, each folding in opposite directions. Also known as a Z Fold or Zig Zag Fold.
  • Double Parallel Fold: folded in half and then folded in half again to create 4 panels.
  • Gatefold: the left and right edges fold inward with parallel folds and meet in the middle (with a small gap).
  • Double Gatefold: the left and right edges fold inward with parallel folds and meet in the middle (with a small gap) and then the entire piece parallel folds in half again.

Crossfold: folded in half, then in half again at an angle perpendicular to the first fold.