Tri Fold Pamphlet

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by Espnetboy3, Jan 22, 2006.

  1. Espnetboy3 macrumors 6502

    Feb 1, 2003
    I have an 8.5 by 11 normal piece of paper that I need to make into a tri fold and I am still a little unclear on how to go about setting this up in Illustrator. Mainly because I will need to setup the document so that i will have text and what not on the back of the paper. Do I feed the paper through the printer twice to achieve this? Any help asap would be great.
  2. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    If you're going to do it in Illustrator, then it's best to have two documents with the same dimensions and guides.

    Create a new blank document of 8.5" x 11" landscape (bearing in mind you probably won't be able to print to the edge of the paper).

    Turn the ruler on (apple-R) and pull vertical guides out to 3.541" & 7.269" respectively. These are your two folds. The panels are not of equal size because they can then fold into each other

    Run small grey (20% black) lines top and bottom of the page on each guide, very fine (0.25pt) and short (about 0.2"). These are your fold guides. You can remove them later if necessary.

    Then 'save as' and call it <filename> Outer.
    Remove the guides and fold lines and save as again as <filename> Inner.
    Lastly save the document as <filename> Outer Blank — this leaves the template for you to use another time.

    (You can skip the next step if you have a good visual memory.)

    Then take a blank piece of paper and fold it the way you want the final artwork and make a note in pencil on it where the panels end up, numbering them. The front panel on a roll-fold is the right-hand of the 'Outer' page, then comes the left-hand panel of the 'Outer' page, then the inside is the 'Inner' spread. The centre panel of the 'Outer' page is the back of the leaflet.

    The 'Outer' file should look like this, with the small fold lines at the top and bottom of the page along each guide:


    You'll need to experiment a little with your printer and folding to get the orientation right on the second pass and when you know which way the paper goes in for the second pass, then its easy from there.
  3. Espnetboy3 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 1, 2003
    WOW thanks a ton blue that was extremely helpful. It has been a while since I have done this i apreciate the help.
  4. Espnetboy3 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 1, 2003
    I made a path in illustrator. Its a stupid little logo thing that i want to transform but not 90 degrees more like Mirror it. I know how to go about doing this in photoshop but how can I have the shape mirror itself so they can face towards each other? Thanks
  5. decksnap macrumors 68040


    Apr 11, 2003
    Duplicate it then on the new one:

    Object > Transform > Reflect > Vertical
  6. Espnetboy3 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 1, 2003
    Ok so I have the pamphlet finished. When I print I took fit to area off so it would cover the whoel piece of paper but it still leaves a white border around it. Any suggestions. I have the tri fold layed out in photoshop.
  7. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    Nope. If your printer cannot print to edge, then the only thing to do is print it on a larger piece of paper and trim it to size.
  8. Espnetboy3 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 1, 2003
    Damn, its a laser 3100cn Dell I believe. And the place already bought all of the sheets. I suppose an exacto knife and trimming then?
  9. rjphoto macrumors 6502a


    Mar 7, 2005
    Try a local print shop with a giant machine paper cutter that can cut a stack all at once.

    I had friends that would cut things for me on small jobs I printed myself.

    Hey Blue,

    Nice presentation. Wish I had seen that about 5 years ago...

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