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Single Half Fold

Single , Simple or Half Fold

The half fold is really the simplest type of fold: the sheet is folded in one place exactly once, resulting in a final product with four pages (two outside and two inside pages). For example, if you need a four-page flyer in A5 format, an A4 sheet is printed and then folded in the middle parallel to the shorter sides.

Z Fold

Z or Concertina Fold

The simplest version of a concertina fold (also known as a Z fold) is folded twice and results in six pages. Folding the sheet three times produces eight pages and so on. As the pages aren’t tucked under one another, they can all be the same width.

If the paper is heavy enough, concertina-folded flyers can be easily balanced on edge.

Roll Fold or Tri Fold

To create the very popular tri-fold, the sheet is folded twice inwards: once from each side, dividing it into three sections of roughly equal width and resulting in six pages.

When preparing your print data for a fold of this family, you need to know which pages will be on the inside. The reason is that they need to be slightly narrower than the other pages, as otherwise the paper would buckle when folded, making the final product rather unsightly. 

Gate Fold

The gate fold owes its name to the fact that it works like a gate. The sheet is folded twice parallel to the shorter sides, so that the edges of the two flaps almost but not quite meet in the middle without overlapping. For best results, if you’re working with a format of 150 millimetres, you should make the centre section 76 mm wide while the two flaps together add up to 76 millimetres minus two, or 74 mm (37 mm each).

Tip: Gate folds are great for advertising flyers of all kinds and especially well-suited if you want to present a surprise or give the reader the feeling that they are unwrapping something.

130gsm z fold brochure

Economy 130gsm paper

This paper is more durable than our disposable budget paper. Designed for economy it allows you to present your message in the most cost effective way.  It is most used in leaflet and flyer higher volume production.

170gsm z fold brochure

Professional 170gsm paper

This is our most commonly used paper.  The 170gsm weight / thickness means that it is difficult to see through the paper.  You can immediately feel the difference in your hand and the silk finish feels smooth (although difficult to write on with a ballpoint pen).

250gsm folded brochure

Premium 250gsm paper

This paper feels a lot heavier and stiffer in your hand and feels more like a light card than a paper.  The premium paper is opaque and second side images are not visible when the product is held up to the light.  

The premium paper is a great base for further processes like spot UV varnish and matt lamination

recycled paper

Recycled 170gsm paper

Whilst all of our papers that we use are sourced from sustainable forests, our recycled paper is produced from recycled paper and packaging.  Manufacturing recycled paper uses less energy, water, and produces lower carbon emissions, than manufacturing non-recycled paper. It also significantly reduces the amount of waste sent to landfill

There is an instant visible difference between recycled and “new” paper.  Our recycled paper tends to be slightly off white with a rougher texture and a few flecks of darker coloured pulp. Although more recent improvements in the manufacturing process can produce a “white” recycled stock, our original product is still favoured by many.


Uncoated Finish

Uncoated finish does exactly what it says on the tin.  We print onto the uncoated paper stock and then do nothing else to it.

However, the basic uncoated paper that we use can be matt, silk or gloss and so the type of base paper you select will affect the way you print comes out.  Matt uncoated gives a flat matt finish. Silk uncoated gives a smoother feel and a slight sheen to the print.  Gloss uncoated gives a more shiny base layer which is good for photos, but bad to write on with a ballpoint pen.

UV Varnish | Coating

UV Varnish

UV Varnish (or Coating) is applied by an additional UV ink tank (clear) on the whole page after the colours of your print have been laid down. The clear “ink” layer is then cured by exposure to a UV lamp.  

You can choose either a matt or a gloss UV varnish depending on the finish that you are trying to create.  A gloss finish is great for flyers that have photos and images – the UV varnish will enhance the colour. 

matt lamination

Matt Lamination

Matt lamination gives an elegant effect that offers great quality for products where image and first impressions mean everything, which is why it is a common choice for many.

Unlike gloss lamination, matt lamination can provide a softer look, as it can produce lower contrast on darker colours. Whilst forming a protective coating over the print, it does not provide the same level of protection as gloss lamination and can be prone to scratching.

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Folded Leaflets | Flyers

To get your message out to promote your business, event or sale, using simple folded leaflets | flyers could be the most cost effective solution for you.

Folded leaflets are a great way to get a quick message across to anyone, without overwhelming them. In fact, they work best when they’re focused on 1 or 2 simple concepts or big ideas. They’re easy to pack up, bundle and hand out in crowds.

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Decide what paper you would like your folded leaflets printed on?

    • Economy – this is our lighter weight 130gsm matt paper which is great for mass production and cost effectiveness
    • Professional – our medium weight 170gsm silk paper which feels great in your hand
    • Premium – our 250gsm coated card which allows for premium finishes (if selected) like matt or gloss lamination
    • Recycled – our 170gsm totally recycled paper sends an instant eco friendly message to your customers

Add the finishing touch

    • UV varnish adds a shiny gloss feel to your folded leaflets and enhances photos
    • Matt lamination gives a cool matt finish to your flyer as well as adding to the stiffness

Then just upload your image file (don’t forget the bleed) as a .pdf, .ai, .jpeg or .tiff and you’re done!

Folded Leaflets and Flyers Options : 

The most common types of fold are a Straight fold (in half), Roll or C fold (two folds down the thirds line), Gate fold (two folds into the centre) and Z-Fold (concertina fold).  For more details on these types of fold please look at our Folding your printing – How? page.

Paper Options : 

There are literally hundreds of different types and brands of paper and sometimes it can be confusing to decide what paper option to go for.  We have simplified the choice down to the most common types of paper used for folded menus and these are :

  • Economy: 130 gsm for glossy and matt
  • Professional: 170 gsm silk
  • Premium: 250 gsm for silk and matt
  • Recycled: 170 gsm

However, if you do have any particular special requests for a specific type of paper, please email us with your request and we will source this for you.

Folded Leaflets and Flyer Finishes
  • Uncoated – choose from matt, gloss or silk (only matt for recycled)
  • UV Varnish – gives photos a sheen and extra depth of colour
  • Laminated – choose matt or gloss for a more robust, water resistant finish
Non Standard Sizes? – No problem

If you would prefer non standard sizes then that is no problem to us.  Simply upload your image artwork with your original dimensions and 3mm bleed and we will trim them to size.  For example, if your design is 200mm x 200mm finished size (i.e. 200mm x 400mm laid flat) with a simple fold (in half) then select the size Up to A3 297mm x 420mm in the size tab and we will see from your artwork what the finished size needs to be.  We may just check in with you by phone just to confirm. 

Need design help? 

Our design to print experts are here waiting to help you.  Choose the design package that is right for you and we will provide you with the help and support you need.

What is the most popular folded leaflet style?

The most popular folded leaflet style in our experience is the Roll Fold Leaflet (otherwise known as the Tri Fold Leaflet).

Usually, these types of leaflets feature 6 panels, i.e. three per side.  However, because the user opens the tri fold leaflet by lifting the left and then right flaps a very common format is to have 3 panels on the outside and then only one or tw0 sections (1 third, 2 thirds) on the inside.

An example would be a tri fold leaflet for a kids animal farm where the title and activities would be described on the outside 3 panels with a map of the farm displayed as a single panel on the inside when opened.

How much does a Tri-fold leaflet (Roll Fold leaflet) cost?

The simple answer is it depends on size and quantity.

If you take the most popular DL size (99mm x 210mm), tri folded leaflet (i.e. A4 flat leaflet with 2 folds) with UV varnish, ordered in a batch of 1000 - each one would cost about 15 pence inclusive of VAT.

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