Bi-fold brochures are one of the most popular types of brochure you can find. These are made out from one sheet of paper folded in half. This folding forms 4 panels: a front cover, a back cover and two internal pages. There are also catalogs and multi-page brochures that are made by stacking multiple sheets of paper and then folding them. The folding line can run along the shortest side of the sheet or the longest.
A very popular type of brochure, trifold brochures are made by folding a sheet of paper two times. To fold it, looking at the inside, you fold the right card inwards and then fold the left card so that it sits on top of the right panel. This type of brochure has 6 panels, 3 inside panels, and 3 outside panels, that are almost the same size (one of the panels is slightly shorter so it can be folded inside the other two without overlapping).
Roll fold brochures are made of a sheet of paper with three fold lines that make four panels on each side. Roll fold brochures have two large panels of the same size, followed by a smaller one and then an even smaller one. You start by folding the smaller card inwards and continue in that direction.
Also called fan fold or zig-zag fold, the z-fold brochure is similar to the trifold in which both of them are made by folding a sheet of paper three times, resulting in 3 outside panels and 3 inside panels. What makes them different, is that in the z-fold, one card is folded inwards and the other one outward, in the shape of the letter Z. Since the panels don’t fold into one another, they’re all the same width.
A double-parallel brochure has three parallel folds that make for eight panels (4 on each side of the sheet of paper). In this type of brochure, the sheet of paper is folded in half and then folded in half again so that one-half of the sheet is inside the other half. This makes the panels of the inside half to be smaller. In a double-parallel brochure, two panels are slightly shorter, so that they can fold inside the other two without overlapping.
French Fold brochures have 2 perpendicular fold lines in the form of a cross, reason why they’re also called right angle fold. Following this folds, the sheet of paper is first folded in half horizontally and then vertically. This brochure has 4 panels on each side.
The gatefold is a type of brochure folding that has two parallel folds to create six panels, three outside panels, and three inside panels. The side panels are roughly half the width of the center card and fold inward without overlapping. This type of brochure is not that common, which is why they can make a great impact.
Double gatefold brochures are very similar to gatefolds, except that they are folded one more time along a central crease after folding the side panels. This achieves a narrower size. The central fold makes it, so that it now has 8 panels (4 inside and 4 outside), dividing the large central card in 2.
Half-Fold Then Tri-Fold Brochures
This type of folding has a central horizontal fold line and two vertical fold lines, which divide the paper into 6 panels, front and back. This brochure folds in half horizontally and then folds like a tri-fold brochure. And, as is in a tri-fold, there's a slight difference in card size to allow for appropiate folding.
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