3 Replies Latest reply on Jun 1, 2012 10:20 AM by Peter Spier


    _snickers Level 1

      Hey there,


      I have to design a leporello for a holiday home. It should be a leporello (http://www.dreisatzgmbh.de/media/images/popup/Lepo34.jpg)

      in the size of Din A4 and devided into 3 columns so that I have six pages in sum each 1/3 of A4.

      What do I have to attend if I want to print it borderless? I want to print it on A4 (cheaper than A3) so maybe it can be a bit smaller than

      this A4 format. How much smaller does it have to be that it can be printed? How do I have to set the crop marks for export?


      I've read to make a new file and set some reference lines to divide the format in three pages. The first one at a size of 9,7 cm and
      two more of 10 cm each. Aren't 3 mm bleed difference a bit too much? I don't want to have a front page that is too short :-(


      Please help me I'm not that familiar to print and it will be a print run of 1000 pieces :-(


      Thanks a lot for supporting me :-)

        • 1. Re: Leporello
          Peter Spier Most Valuable Participant (Moderator)

          Your illustration is for waht is called a Z-fold or Accordion fold, where each panel is the same size. On a Letterfold  the third panel folds inward and tucks inside, so it needs to be smaller that the front and back panels. 3mm seems like a lot to me, but you shaoud really be asking the printer what they recommend.


          Note, this has nothing to do with bleed, which is extra space around the outside of the layout.

          • 2. Re: Leporello
            Jeffrey_Smith Most Valuable Participant

            What do I have to attend if I want to print it borderless?

            Most digital printers do not print borderless. Inkjet proofers can, but for a quantity of 1000, you will have to print without bleeds, or print to an oversize stock then trim. Trimming will add cost to project. I would suggest designing to the paper size, this will not require trimming. Do not place graphic elements close to the edge. The obvious strip of the nonprinting buffer area is unslightly, so place elements into the interior of the page.

            • 3. Re: Leporello
              Peter Spier Most Valuable Participant (Moderator)

              Depending on the design and whether color is used, 1000 pieces may well be more economical on a press than printing digitally. Trimming is certainly going to add some cost, but it should be pretty small and you'll probably be paying extra for the folding, anyway, so the trim may not add much at all.