FOLDING

If you want to develop a reputation for being an ace print designer, folding and binding are two key finishing techniques that are worth getting to grips with – mistakes or errors at the folding and binding stage can be expensive and will usually delay delivery of a job.
Nearly all commercially printed material is folded on a folding machine. Folding machines can do a wide array of types of creasing and folding.

The main thing to be aware of is cracking. It is a good idea to ask the print finisher to run a test of the stock to ensure there is no unexpected cracking. This is a potential problem with any coated stock and stock 150gsm or heavier. A good print finisher should be aware of this and will often fold with the paper grain and/or score the paper prior to folding. Very heavy weight stock should always be scored. Also, be aware that where a solid colour has been printed across the spine, cracking in the colour may appear. If in doubt, talk to us first.
                   
  1. LETTER FOLD
    (also called a C Fold or Roll Fold)
  2. ACCORDION FOLD
    (also called a Z Fold)
  3. SINGLE FOLD
    (also called a V Fold)
  4. DOUBLE PARALLEL FOLD
  5. ENGINEERING FOLD
    (also called a Half Accordion)
  6. CROSS FOLD
    (also called a French Fold)
  7. BARONIAL FOLD
  8. GATE FOLD