Folding

Most of the marketing materials that we print for our customers fall into what can be called the ‘standard’ fold types. Some of the standard paper folds that we do every day.

Our folding guide has different specifications for Cover Weight Paper and Text Weight Paper. Please select the correct type of folding calculation for the paper you are working with. If you are unsure what type of paper you are going to print on, it is best to use the Cover Weight calculations.

Half fold

half-fold

Panels are two-sided sections of the final printed brochure, and
a half-fold brochure has two panels.A page is one side of a brochure panel, and a half-fold brochure
has four pages.For half-fold brochures, the inside right panel folds to the left,
forming a cover on top.Two pages are normally used for content, reserving the front
page for the cover and the back page for company information.

C fold

cfold

When folding paper into three parts (a tri-fold), c folds have 6 panels (counting both sides of the paper) with two parallel folds in a spiral fold configuration. The c fold is a common type of fold for brochures, letters, self-mailers (such as newsletters), and even other paper products such as paper hand towels.

Z fold

zfold

Panels are two-sided sections of the final printed brochure, and
a z-fold brochure has three panels. A page is one side of a brochure panel, and a z-fold brochure
has six pages.For z-fold brochures, the outside left panel folds to the left and
the inside right panel folds to the left, forming the brochure
cover.

Double fold

double fold

A double fold is a process of folding a paper sample first backwards and then forwards about the same line, i.e. one complete oscillation. The number of double folds that is required to make a test piece break is used to determine the material’s folding endurance and fold number.
The total folding angle (about the folding line) differs depending on which folding tester is used, for instance the Köhler–Molin instrument folds about 156° on each side of the vertical line, resulting in a complete oscillation of about 2 × 312° for each double fold, while the MIT instrument employs a folding angle of about 135° on each side (that is, a complete oscillation of about 2 × 270° for each complete double fold).

M fold

mfold

A double fold is a process of folding a paper sample first backwards and then forwards about the same line, i.e. one complete oscillation. The number of double folds that is required to make a test piece break is used to determine the material’s folding endurance and fold number.
The total folding angle (about the folding line) differs depending on which folding tester is used, for instance the Köhler–Molin instrument folds about 156° on each side of the vertical line, resulting in a complete oscillation of about 2 × 312° for each double fold, while the MIT instrument employs a folding angle of about 135° on each side (that is, a complete oscillation of about 2 × 270° for each complete double fold).