Join Nigel French for an in-depth discussion in this video Setting up a trifold document, part of Designing a Brochure.
- In this chapter I'll create my second brochure example, a classic tri-fold. This is going to be created on a letter size sheet, could also be done on a full page. In InDesign, I'm going to set this up as a six page document with each of those six pages functioning as one of the panels of the brochure. So 6 pages, I do not want those pages to be facing. Now the reason I'm doing it this way rather than just two landscaped pages, and dividing those pages with guides, is that it makes it easier to calculate the folding compensation, i.e. making the width of the fold-in panel slightly less.
So when the brochure is printed and folded, it lays flat. To calculate the amount of folding compensation, I'm using the Folding Guide at universalprinting.com. And the way to get there is from their homepage, if you click on Tools, Templates & Guides, you can then come to Folding Guide. Then I'm gonna scroll down to the Letter Fold, and here I'll type in my Sheet width of 11 inches, and it gives me the width of the Short panel, and the Two wide panels.
It gives me these values in inches so if I'm working in a unit of measurement other than inches, I just need to be explicit when I put this in, and type in "in" after the values and then it will convert them to millimeters or points or picas, whatever you're using. So I'll select the wide panel value and copy that. Then move back to InDesign, I'll make sure I'm using landscape orientation, and then for the width, I'll paste that in, type in "in", and then press the Tab key.
I'll have a single column, and I'm gonna set the margins to be 0. I do want a bleed because I'm commercially printing this brochure so I can print to the edge of the page. And depending on the unit of measurement that you're using, that's either going to be 9 points, one eighth of an inch .125, or three millimeters. I also want a slug area because it's in the slug area outside of the printed page that I'm going to put the folding guides.
And the slug area is going to be 3 picas, or half an inch, or 12.7 millimeters on all four sides. No primary text frame, so when we have a New Document dial-up box like this, we're ready to go, let's just turn on the Preview. That looks good, click OK. The second step here is I want to create a second master page at the width of the short panel.
So I'm going to right-click on A Master and choose New Master. And the width is going to be 3.625 in. I now want to apply that second master page to the short panels which are pages 1 and 6. I'll right-click on it, Apply Master to Pages, 1,6. It will ask me, do I want to Keep the current page size or Use the master page size, and I want to use the master page size in both instances.
We can see that we now have Bs on pages 1 and 6. Now I can make my six pages into two spreads. First of all I'll need to uncheck Allow Document Pages to Shuffle, then get page 2, drag it up, page 3, etc. So we now have two three panel spreads. I'll come to the A Master and I'm now going to add a layout grid.
Because I want the flexibility of being able to turn this grid on and off as necessary, I'm going to add it to it's own separate layer. So on the layers panel, I will create a new layer, which I'll call grid, and just because of personal preference I'll make the color of that layer orange. I'll then come to the Layout menu, Create Guides, and I want to create a grid of 18 rows, with no gutter and 8 columns also with no gutter, fitted to the page.
Now I did not base my Master Page B on my Master Page A, and I didn't do that for a reason, and that's because it's at a different size. So the thing I just did, apply the grid to Master Page A, I need to do as a separate step to Master Page B. So that's 18, and 8. Now we can have that grid turned on when we need it, when we don't need it we can just hide that grid layer.
Because each panel is a separate page, when I come to make a print-ready PDF with crop marks, the crop marks will indicate the position of the folds. So for that reason I don't need to manually draw my fold marks, but just to be sure so there's no ambiguity, I'll write a note in the slug area. So I'm just going to create a text frame, type the word "fold", and I'll apply the registration color to this, and then duplicate that, top and bottom.
I'll do the same on the other spread, and then when we come to make the print-ready PDF, this is how it's going to turn out. So with our document set up at the right size, we're ready to add some content to this, and we'll do that in the next movie.
- Generating ideas
- Working with templates
- Choosing the right text and typography
- Choosing colors, images, and printing and folding methods
- Creating single-fold, trifold, double parallel fold, and broadside brochures
- Placing and styling text
- Scaling and cropping images
- Preparing a brochure for print