Document folding is a great way to add visual appeal or separate important sections of a printed document. Another benefit of folding is decreasing document size which increases ease of handling and transport. Some folds may require scoring (perforating along an edge) to ensure that the fold is smooth. Here is a list of the most popular fold styles you can use on your next print project:
1. Half Fold
The Half Fold is the most commonly used fold style. It’s perfect for cards and simple brochures.
The Z-Fold separates your page into a streamlined 6-panel document. The result is clean and easy to read which makes it well-suited for informational brochures and pamphlets.
3. Accordion Fold
Similar to the Z-Fold, the According Fold adds more panels while maintaining a functional and neat appearance.
4. Letter Fold
This fold is essential for business mail. Most mail and envelopes still maintain the standard letter size. The Letter Fold can also be used as a variation on the Z-Fold. The side panels open like shutters to get to the interior information.
5. Barrel Fold
The Barrel Fold opens like a spiral. You read the exterior panels before “unrolling” the document to get to the center. This is conducive to captivating the audience with exciting exterior panels and saving the labor intensive information such as contact details for the interior panels.
6. Gate Fold
The Gate Fold allows you to have a neat 4 panel document that opens up to a larger 4 page spread. This could work well for larger graphics that won’t fit on one panel while still providing separate smaller sections for text.
7. Two Parallel Fold
This fold allows for larger documents to folded into a more manageable size. Legal sheets can be folded to fit standard mail sizes.
8. Half + Letter Fold
This fold is perfect for larger paper sizes like 11″x17″ pages. They fit neatly into standard envelopes and are comfortable to handle.
9. Half + Z-Fold
This fold allows larger pages to be folded and opened neatly while minimizing the overall document size. This style suits maps, newsletters, and brochures with large graphics.
There are plenty of fold styles to choose from. Contact us today to discuss which fold is right for your project.