One of the reasons graphic designers love printing projects on paper is the material’s versatility when it comes to folding. Post Press Specialties has helped many printers and designers create a wide variety of projects utilizing unique folding techniques. Here are just some of the many folding options that we can help you with:
Basic Half Fold – (also known as a book fold) is constructed by folding an 8.5” x 11”, 8.5” x 14”, 11” x 17” or 11” x 25.5” sheet of paper once, creating two equal halves.
Classic Tri-Fold – A tri-fold is formed from one sheet is folded twice (in different lines between them, vertical and parallel) to form three pages, this is why it is called “tri-fold”. These three pages have two sides, which mean that the total pages that are available are six.
Gatefold – is a document folding method that uses two parallel folds to create six panels – three panels on each side of the paper. The left and right panels are roughly half the width of the center panels and fold inward to meet in the middle without overlapping. Sometimes a Gatefolded piece is folded inward one more time, along a central crease. This method is called a Closed Gatefold or Double Gatefold.
Four Panel Fold – is formed when the document is creased three times, usually equidistant from each other. This is perfect for promotional leaflets and programs.
Double Gatefold – In double gatefolds there are three parallel folds. The left and right edges of the paper fold and meet in the middle, without overlapping, along a center fold. Some menus might use a double gatefold or a modified version where the outer panels are one-half to one-quarter the size of the inner panels.
Z-Fold – A Z-fold brochure—also known as a fan fold or zig zag fold brochure—is constructed by folding an 8.5” x 11”, 8.5” x 14”, 11” x 17” or 11” x 25.5” sheet of paper twice in the shape of the letter “Z”. This is perfect for mailing and “quick glance” handouts.
Four-Panel Accordion Fold – This is the four panel version of the previously mentioned “Z” fold. It makes a nice presentation. Zigzag type of fold, opens in the manner of an accordion, permitting the paper to be extended to its full size with a single pull. Perfect for travel brochures direct-mail pieces.
Four-Panel Roll Fold – Similar to the four panel accordion fold, 3 parallel folds are made creating 4 equal panels. An inward “rolling” fold is perfect for step-by-step and tutorial information pieces.
Die-Cut Z-Fold – Just like the regular Z-Fold this piece is constructed folding a sheet of paper twice in the form of the Letter “Z”. Die-cutting the shape of the sheet is a great way for designers to stylize their projects. Our Young Shin Die-Cutter can handle virtually every shape and size. Perfect for trade shows and booth hand-outs.
Five Panel Accordion Fold – this is the five panel version of the four panel featured above. Perfect for travel brochures. Post Press Specialties is your go-to place for intricate folding projects, like the five panel accordion fold.
Tri-Fold plus Half-Fold – Folding your piece with a half fold then a tri- fold allows you to to design a large flat sheet in panels and sections plus multiple sides that unfold with a directed narrative while taking up the same amount of room as traditional tri-fold brochures. This process is perfect for maps, charts and large diagrams.
Eight Panel Roll Fold – Same technique as the four panel roll fold, but double the fun! Post Press Specialties has the equipment necessary to create these impressive pieces. The eight panel is perfect for promotional booklets.
Sixteen Panel Fold – The possibilities are endless with the sixteen panel fold. We’ve worked with commercial printers and designers throughout the midwest and have created some amazing pieces.
Picking the right fold for your project requires expertise. Post Press Specialties will be happy to guide you through the process. Call Post Press Specialties, one of the midwest’s largest bindery at 816-257-1919 today. We’ve been helping commercial printers “Finish Strong” for over two decades.