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Brochure Templates

Brochure Templates and Folds

Brochures and flyers are often known as great marketing tools, with a format that showcases your products, services, information and company with style. Whether for a tradeshow, mailing piece or a sell sheet, brochures do the job. Brochures can be folded in many ways to compliment the design and desired result of your brochure or flyer.

Use the following brochure templates to ensure your brochure folds and measurements are accurate. By taking folds into consideration up front, you can plan the content of your piece for the best outcome.

Take a look at some of the most established and frequently used folds:

Tri-Fold

A common size of most tri-fold brochures when they are opened or flat is 8.5″ x 11″. Other popular sizes are 8.5″ x 14″, 11″ x 17″ and 11″ x 25.5″. When using a tri fold brochure template, keep in mind that each individual panel is slightly different in width, with the “cover” panel being the largest (widest), to accommodate the other two folds. It allows for the other folds to tuck up neatly, ensuring a clean finished product.

tri fold To download the PDF templates, simply right-click and select “Save Target As”, “Save Link As” or Download Linked File As”.

Half Fold

The simple half fold gives you an easy to open “book style” fold. This fold is just right for often-used programs, menus and pricing sheets.

half fold To download these PDF templates, simply right-click and select “Save Target As”, “Save Link As” or Download Linked File As”.

Z Fold

A Z-fold is represented by “back and forth” folds into three panels. A Z-fold is a great choice to display chronological or step-by-step information, or with a design or image that spans the entire width of the paper; when opened, the z-fold “reveals” the brochure content well.

Accordion Fold

This type of fold usually has two or more parallel folds that result in the sheet opening like a hand fan. Brochures are a great use for an accordion fold, and many types of maps use this fold as well, since a large number of panels can be folded in, accommodating a larger paper size and ultimately a lot more information in a standard finished size.

z fold To download the PDF templates, simply right-click and select “Save Target As”, “Save Link As” or Download Linked File As”.

4 Panel Fold (or Double Parallel)

A 4 panel fold is created by folding the paper in half, then half again so that the folds are parallel to each other. This is done going from left to right, with the open end on the right-hand side of the folded brochure. The end product is a narrower piece, which is great for displaying information in tighter locations, such as tourist racks or information centers.

4 panel fold To download the PDF templates, simply right-click and select “Save Target As”, “Save Link As” or Download Linked File As”.

Quarter Fold

A quarter fold creates four “quarters” or panels of equal size where the folds are perpendicular to each other. Start by folding in half vertically then folding in half again horizontally. Also known as “right angle fold” or “french fold.” The quarter fold on an 11″ x17″ brochure creates a convenient 5.5″ x 8.5″ finished size for mailing.

Gate Fold

While not as common as other folds, the (open or closed) gate fold offers a finished size with a unique format when opened, revealing your design similar to two doors opening. In both open and closed gate folds, the left and right edges fold inward, and these edges meet in the middle of the page without overlapping. To create the Closed Gate Fold, the paper is then folded again down the middle, so that the folded edges meet. Menus and creative designs with wide visuals, such as architectural layouts and landscape images are well-suited for gate folds.

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To download these PDF templates, simply right-click and select “Save Target As”, “Save Link As” or Download Linked File As”.

Half / Tri-Fold

This fold is perfect for newsletters. This is a great way to accommodate a larger sheet, in this case an 11″ x 17″, and fit it into a #10 envelope. Great uses for this fold would be real estate offerings and manufacturing product sheets, rich in content, specs, photos, and maps.

half then tri fold To download these PDF templates, simply right-click and select “Save Target As”, “Save Link As” or Download Linked File As”.