paper folding

paper folding
There are plenty of paper folding options out there, really,
you’re only limited by your imagination. But to keep things
simple, we’ve included the most commonly used ones below
to act as a reference and inspiration guide for your marketing
materials. Remember to ask your printer or designer for advice
on the best type of fold and stock for your materials as the paper
not only has to look and feel right but also be fit for purpose.
4 page single fold
6 page roll fold
8 page fold
6 page concertina fold
6 page gate fold
8 page parallel double fold
8 page concertina fold
8 page right angle /
french fold
6 page roll fold with flap
8 page parallel map fold
8 page reverse map fold
10 page concertina fold
12 page standard letter fold
12 page concertina fold
12 page endorsement fold
paper binding
We’ve also compiled the most common types of brochure
and book binding (unfortunately, no exciting concertina shapes
in this one) and explained their specific features and most
appropriate applications for your various needs.
Saddle stitch
The pages and cover are folded in
half and two staples are inserted
through the fold along the spine.
This style is suitable
for both self-covered books
(where the cover stock, or paper,
is the same weight and stock
as the inside pages) and books
with separate covers. Typically,
the maximum number of pages
is around 56 for digital printing
and 96 for offset printing
(depending on weight and
bulk of the paper used).
Typical Uses
Annual reports,
event programmes,
magazines, brochures
Perfect bound
The most common style used for
binding paperback books, where
a high quality, professional finish
is required. With this method,
the pages are adhered to either
a soft or hard cover with glue.
An additional score is placed on
either or both the front and back
covers to act as a hinge to help
prevent stress at the binding
every time the cover is opened.
PUR (polyurethane reactive) glue
is the most durable binding glue
available. It has superior adhesion
and is especially helpful for
difficult coated paper stocks. It is
heat and cold resistant, so stays
flexible in cold temperatures.
Typical Uses
Any print material that has a
minimum of around 36 pages
(depending on the thickness
of the paper).
Thread sewn (Case bound)
This binding style is typically
used for books of more than 80
pages, which require a strong,
high-quality finish. The pages of
the book are collated and sewn
together with thread. The cover
is then glued to the spine of
the page block. Case Bound is
generally the most expensive
style, so is usually used only
for books that must withstand
constant use.
Typical Uses
All books which require a long
shelf life and frequent use e.g.
reference books, catalogues and
annual reports.
Spiral bound
The book is punched with a series
of small holes on the left. A twin
loop wire bind is then inserted
and closed through those holes
forming a wire comb. The pages
lie flat when opened and can
rotate 360°. Wire bindings are
durable, but do not permit printing
on the spine.
Typical Uses
Proposals, reference books,
reports, technical manuals,
notebooks, calendars, cookbooks,