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How to set up a tri-fold brochure?

Mar 7, 2012 2:04 PM

Tags: #indesign #tri-fold #brochure #trifold

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.

 
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    Mar 7, 2012 2:07 PM   in reply to CocoFormula

    the best way depends how you setting the artwork over the "pages"

     

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    Mar 7, 2012 2:44 PM   in reply to CocoFormula

    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.

     
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    Mar 7, 2012 10:08 PM   in reply to CocoFormula

    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

     
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    Mar 8, 2012 10:41 PM   in reply to CocoFormula

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    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.

     

    am out.

     
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    Mar 9, 2012 4:08 AM   in reply to CocoFormula
     
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    Nov 5, 2012 1:44 PM   in reply to tman69

    Would the same setup apply if you were using CS6?

     
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    Nov 6, 2012 2:14 AM   in reply to soulkyrie

    Why wouldn't it?

     
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    Nov 23, 2012 4:38 PM   in reply to Eugene Tyson

    Probably because I have a handful of 'apparently' all knowing graphic designers who are telling other folk that it doesn't.

     
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    Nov 23, 2012 4:41 PM   in reply to soulkyrie

    You can use other methods in CS6, but you don't have to. I still find the old ways faster, myself, but I'm used to them.

     
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