When planing your next printing project you must consider your folding options. This may impact the design and readability of your design project. Some of the most common folding options are listed below.
Z-fold also known as a fan fold or zig zag fold brochure. It is constructed by folding sheet of paper twice in the shape of the letter “Z”. The panels do not fold into one another.
Typically accordion fold is fold that resembles the bellows of an accordion. They are simple zig-zag folds that go in opposite directions. Each panel of the accordion fold is about the same size. Typically consists of four or more panels.
Gate Fold is a document folding method that uses two parallel folds to create six panels – three panels on each side of the paper.Typically
the left and right panels are roughly half the width of the center panels and fold inward to meet in the middle without overlapping. The left and right panels are roughly half the width of the center panels and fold inward to meet in the middle without overlapping
The Closed Gatefold method starts with a an Open Gatefold but uses one additional fold in the center to further close the document. The Closed Gatefold method creates eight panels – four panels on each side of the paper. All panels are roughly the same width.
Trifold is also known as letter fold and it divides the sheet of paper in three it is recommended the further right panel to be slightly smaller to accommodate for folding under the front panel.
Roll Fold is applied to brochures with 4 or more panels. A sheet is folded inwards from the right and the leftmost panel is folded over the rest of the sections. Typically the roll folds requires for the inside panels to be slightly smaller to allow for the folding.
In a Half Fold simply put the paper is folded in half
No every print project requires a fold.