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Designing for folder templates

Discussion in 'Logo Design & Brand Identity Forum:' started by allyally2k, Oct 28, 2009.

  1. allyally2k

    allyally2k Senior Member

    Anyone had much experience designing for folder templates? I mean i know there will be a template before it goes to print but you wouldn't design upside down etc... this is probably a stupid question!!
  2. berry

    berry Active Member

    are you talking about an A4 folder with with a corner flap?
    If so what do you want to know?
  3. allyally2k

    allyally2k Senior Member

    A4 and A5 with d-lock and business card slots... I just want to know would you get the template from the printer and just design staright on there? but obisouly a template laid out flat would have bits upside down... so not sure how i would onto design this?
  4. charles

    charles Senior Member

    Have you already arranged for a template from printer as if not they may need to design a die for it as not all printers will have one, also they may not have a template if the die is old.....

    If yes, then you just have to decide what you want where and work out from the layout where it will end up. is easy enough when you have it in front of you. can print a scaled down version on a4 if you're unsure.
  5. rossnorthernunion

    rossnorthernunion Senior Member

    Design your own.

    If your doing it Freehand or illustrator - draw out your outline (if its A4) 216 x 313 x 2 (with the upside down bits) as if it were unglued or flat - include the fold lines and the capacity and the pocket and have all of this on a seperate layer - if your sending this as a pdf to the printer use a spot and call it 'dieline do not print' or similar.

    Should be relatively easy for a designer.
  6. rossnorthernunion

    rossnorthernunion Senior Member


    This is what i mean.
  7. charles

    charles Senior Member

    is def nicer to design it yourself, but will have to pay to get a die made up then :(
  8. allyally2k

    allyally2k Senior Member

    Yeah i've already arranged what die we're getting, i would usually design it in indesign but i think it looks as if it will be easier to lay it out in illustrator or freehand. That's pretty much what i thought i would have to do i was just thinking... "I wonder if there is an easier way"! :)

    Ok thanks for your replies!!
  9. Tom Sound

    Tom Sound Active Member


    there's a load of templates here to download for folders and all sorts.


    If you use a printer's existing template they will have all the tooling in place so will be cheaper to produce. Check with whichever printer you use though as they will/may have their own templates to match their die.

    As for designing upside down :D you can always select all and rotate your artwork.

    Best thing to do is print it out on A4 and make a small mockup.

    Hope this helps

  10. allyally2k

    allyally2k Senior Member

    oooh thanx for the link Tom, those templates are nice and clear with bleed etc so that makes it seem easier now!

    Lol and there's me thinking i would have to do a handstand to design the flap! ha only joking :D
  11. Tom Sound

    Tom Sound Active Member

    Ha! that would be really stupid! Just turn your monitor over, obviously, dur! :D

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