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How to Setup a 4" x 9" Z Fold (3 Panel) Brochure
Brochures can be used to build an image for your company, promote an event, update product spec’s, or for a hundred other purposes.
Make sure that your brochure printing project starts off on the right foot with this downloadable template.
To lay out a Z fold (3 Panel) brochure piece in your design or layout program, use one page for the front and one page for the back, and measure out where the folds will be with guides (see right figure). Also, bleeds should only be set on the outside edges of the piece and must be .125” (1/8”) in size, but the page size should be defined as the final trim size.
Flat Size – Inches (W x H)
12″ x 9″
Final Folded Size:
4″ x 9″
6 Panels – 4″ x 9″
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LEARN MORE ABOUT FOLDED BROCHURES
How are folded brochures made?
The perfect folded brochure starts with preparation. Once we receive your brochure artwork we double check alignment as well as complete our standard prepress checks for resolution, color, fonts, and more.
Depending on order quantity and design requirements (PMS colors, foil, varnishes, etc. ) your folded brochure will either be printed on our HP Indigo 12000 or with our UV Offset presses.
Cutting & Folding
Once printed, your folded brochure will be trimmed and cut to final size. With heavier weight stocks, scoring is applied prior to folding to prevent the ink from cracking and results in a higher-quality and longer lasting finished piece.
Three Tips For Folded Brochure Printing
We’ve printed millions of folded brochures over the years. Follow these three tips from our experienced prepress department to insure the best outcome for your next folded brochure project.
If you have problems or want an advice, you can always reach out to us. Let’s print something awesome together.
Cut, bleed, & die?
The scary details of folded brochures.
When designing, visualize your folded brochure flattened out. Content on the interior pages should be oriented upside down and on the same side as the outside of your folded brochure.
Your design should extend .125” (1/8”) beyond the edge to allow room for cutting.
Colors that POP!
Getting the ink to match the screen.
Make sure you have designed your folded brochure in CMYK, not RGB color space, for accurate color reproduction. If requested, we can print using Pantone (Spot) colors. Please label them in your artwork accordingly and notify us when requesting an estimate.
Consider using on of our print special effects to really make your folded brochure stand-out.
Proper PDF prep.
Perfect PDF's are perfectly easy.
We prefer you provide your final folded brochure artwork as a PDF. When saving please downsize all images above 300 dpi and include your document bleed settings and crop marks. Please embed all fonts or convert text to outlines.
Folded Brochures For Inspiration
Check out some of the folded brochures we've printed!
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