How would I set up a tri-fold brochure in InDesign? I use InDesign CS 5.5 and I know they have a new method which is supposed to be easier since now you can break up pages or what not. There is also the old method which is harder manually, how would I do either? I've never created a tri-fold brochure previous to this usually my brochures have been the saddlestiche ones which are much easier to set up. How would I create a tri-fold? I am looking for the method there is one panel that is shorter(to fold in) and also the one where all panels are equal in size.
25 years in the printing business and....the 'old' method still works best--one panel needs to be 1/16" shorter than the other two--tell me the 'final folded size' and I will even do the math for placement of guides.
I guess just regular paper 8.5 in by 11 in but would I need to make the actual trim smaller so I can fit in bleeds or is that not necessary? So how would I set it up with guides? Could you walk me through the process? And if you know the other method could you teach me that as well?
create a 'new' document--letter size--orientation landscape--set bleed to .125"--two pages.
1st page will be the outside--temporarily move ruler origin to top right corner--set a guide at -3.6875" and another at -7.375"
go to page two--double click the ruler origin to return it to the default upper left corner--put a guide at 3.6875 and another at 7.375
lock the guides---design away:
art that bleeds needs to extend to the bleed lines--ideally the gudes show you the panel sizes--center your art in each panel.
this will net you a piece that is exactly 8.5 x 11 and it will fold where your guide lines are--it's called a standard 'letter' fold (the inside panel is 1/16" smaller than the other two panels. panel sizes are 3-11/16, 3-11/16, 3-5/8--outside of brochure has shorter panel on the left--inside of brochure has shorter on the right)
note: this will need to print on paper that is larger than 8.5x11 to allow for bleeds and trim--(further note--standard ream wrapped paper is actually slightly shoter than 11").
the 'other' method (in my opinion) is more complicated and more time consuming
Would I need to set margins for each panel so that it doesn't hit the fold? If so how would I do that with guides? If I wanted to do this with any size paper I would basically divide the paper into 3 sections correct? Then I would have one side where it is 1/16th shorter no matter the paper size? Would I have facing pages? Would there be a specific order I would have to place the content in order for it to turn up correctly? When I print it how would I know where to fold or the the piece off? How should I print it? So I would have to move the origin of the ruler to lock into the trim(black line area) how would I move it or do you mean to flip the ruler? Is there a way to measure it precise at any page size?
The other method you refer to is using the cs5 page shuffle to create the brochure?
Thanks I actually have seen those two but I was wondering is there any other ways to do it. Also I wonder for the second link if you would just basically switch the position of the guideline. I also wonder if the columns are a good idea. Also I wonder how would you know where to cut the extra 1/16th inch or fold the paper.
sorry--my connection went down and I couldn't copy what I had typed--so I used this screen capture--just click on the fuzzy image above and you'll be able to read it.
reading your posts leads me to believe that you need to dig into Indesign so you can learn how to use all the features--good luck with your design.