Zig Zag Folds

Zig Zag Folds Definition: Paper folded in zig zag folds has two or more parallel folds, each folding in opposite directions. Because they do not nest (as in Spiral Folds) panels can be the same size. Also Known As: accordian folds | z folds Examples: Seen from above, zig zag folds resemble a Z or […]

Spiral Folds

Spiral Folds Definition: A piece of paper folded in spiral folds has two or more parallel folds that fold in on each other. It may fold in from the left or right. To allow proper nesting of panels that fold in, inside panels are usually 1/32″ to 1/8″ smaller than outer panels with the inside […]

Parallel Folds

Parallel Folds Definition: The folds in paper with parallel folds all run in the same direction, parallel to each other. Examples: Accordian, Zig Zag, and Gatefold are types of paper folds that are all parallel folds.    

Gate Folds

Gatefolds Definition: In gatefolds the left and right edges fold inward with parallel folds and meet in the middle of the page without overlapping. Also Known As: window folds Examples:  

French Folds

French Folds Definition: With French folds the paper is folded with crossfolds or right angle folds, often with a short first fold. The shorter portion or head may be folded to the inside (heads in) or outside (heads out). Even (no short heads) 8-panel french folds are commonly called quarter-fold or 8-panel right angle folds. […]

Double Parallel Folds

Double Parallel Folds Definition: In double parallel folds the paper is folded in half and then folded in half again with a fold parallel to the first fold. To allow for proper nesting the two inside folded panels are 1/32″ to 1/8″ smaller than the two outer panels. Also Known As: parallel center | double […]

Double Gatefolds

Double Gatefolds Definition: In double gatefolds there are three parallel folds. The left and right edges of the paper fold and meet in the middle, without overlapping, along a center fold. The outer panels are usually 1/32″ to 1/8″ smaller than the inner panels to allow for proper folding and nesting. Also Known As: gatefolds […]

Cross Folds

Crossfolds illustrated Crossfolds illustrated “Crossfolds” Glossary Definition: Paper with crossfolds have two or more folds going in different directions, typically at right angles. Primarily used in reference to bookwork (paper crossfolded then cut to form a signature ), crossfolds also describes quarter-folds or 8-panel french folds .


CREEP Graphical Glossary Creep In a saddle stitched booklet the bulk of the paper causes the inner pages to extend further out than the outer pages when folded. When trimmed the inner pages are narrower than the outer pages. The illustration above shows an exaggerated view of how the inner pages of a saddle stitched […]

C Folds

C Fold Illustrated C Fold Illustrated “C Folds” Definition: In c folds there are 6 panels with two parallel folds in a spiral fold configuration. This is a common type of fold for tri-fold brochures. To allow the panels to nest inside each other properly, the folded in end panel is usually 1/32″ to 1/8″ […]