Design a Tri-Fold Brochure
Here we will go over file setup for a tri-fold brochure. This will include information on creating both a bleed and non-bleed brochure.
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STEP 1: Create a New Document
When you are creating a new brochure design, you will need to know from the start whether or not you will be printing with a bleed. Bleeds are when print coverage extends to the edge of the sheet rather than leaving the default .25" blank printer margins. Deciding to print with or without bleeds before you start will save you time and effort.
For the sake of this tutorial we will be designing an 8.5x11 tri-fold brochure with and without a bleed. These same steps can be followed on larger size documents such as legal and tabloid brochures.
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Non-Bleed Brochure Setup:
To create a non-bleed brochure we will create a document that is the same size as our finish size, 8.5x11. Then you will want to create an outer margin around the page of .25". This is the printer margin, nothing should be in this space. When you are done with your design this space should be completely white. Once we have that margin then you can create the 3 panels of the brochure. The front and back panels should each be 3.6875" wide by 8.5" tall, while the inside panel which gets folded in should be 3.625" wide x 8.5" tall. When this is completed you will have the correct layout for a non bleed brochure.
Bleed Brochure Setup:
For the bleed brochure we will create a document that is a .5" larger than our finish size of 8.5x11, meaning 9x11.5.
This document will have a .25" outer bleed margin and a .25" safe zone around each panel. The .25" safe zone is to make sure important content like text will not be cut off or folded through when the brochures are completed. The .25" bleed area should have images and background colors that are extended over from the main portion of the brochure. If this area is white when you're done designing your brochure, then you haven't setup the bleed correctly or your brochure does not need to bleed.
Don't simply scale your non-bleed artwork up to 9x11.5. This will cause the folding to be misaligned with your content. Instead, if you're adjusting your non-bleed artwork to bleed, adjust the canvas or artboard size to 9x11.5 and extend only your bleed content to the edge.
Brochure: Bleed Outside
Brochure: Bleed Inside
The bleed brochure design is essentially the same as the non-bleed except our page size is 9" x 11.5" with a .25" bleed area around the page. YOU MUST HAVE A .25" BLEED AROUND YOUR FILE. An .125" bleed area will not work for our printers. Carefully check that you do not have any important text in the safe zones. If you do have text in the safe zones then there is a chance it could be cut off or folded through.
STEP 4: Review and Save
If you have further questions about designing a bleed brochure, please review our general bleed design tutorial. If after reviewing that page you still have questions you may call us and speak with one of our prepress technicians.
Once your design is completed, your brochure is ready for printing.
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