5 Steps to Design a Classic Trifold Brochure

 In Printing Services

A nice trifold brochure can grow your leads’ interest in your business, but a well designed and professionally printed brochure can close the deal! Producing an original brochure is not a quick, inexpensive task, however. So keep things simple by sticking with the classic trifold, rather than the more complex eight or sixteen-panel options. Here we have compiled six basic steps to create your own original trifold brochure. Let’s get started!

Step 1: Choose the Brochure Size

When choosing the size for your trifold, consider its purpose. The standard 8.5”x11” size is commonly used by businesses to promote their products and services. This is the most popular size for trifolds because it is able to easily fit into a standard envelope when folded. It is also one of the cheapest sizes to produce. Though you can order them in other sizes such as 8.5” x 14”, 11” x 17”, and 11” x 25.5”. So ask yourself, will your trifold be mailed or exchanged hand to hand? How much space do you need for the information you include? And finally, what does your audience need? For instance, you might use a larger brochure with big type for a target audience with eyesight trouble.

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A classic trifold Brochure from 99Designs

Step 2: The Copy and Images

Knowing the size of your brochure will help you to decide on the text and images needed for the project. Prepare your text and images before creating your design in order to determine your layout, fonts, and overall color scheme.

Compose your main points using bold headlines and subheadings, this will enable your readers to easily determine what the most important information is. Building a solid structure will also make it easy to organize topics and ideas so that the reader can easily pick out the information that is most important to them.

Grab your reader’s attention right away with bright colors, or beautiful imagery, but make sure that your content is substantial. Avoid using phrases that come off as sarcastic, jokey, or industry jargon.

Use graphics and photos that compliment your copy, by highlighting the important points you are trying to make. Make sure not to use images that are low resolution, or the wrong size. Photos for print should always be at least 300 dpi.

Step 3: Filling the Template

If the front cover is the title, and the back cover contains the contact details, then the inside should tell the story.

The front cover should be the most visually appealing and invite the reader to open it and find out more. Keep the front simple: just your logo, name, and an interesting tagline to summarize your offer.

The back cover is the perfect place to include your contact information: phone number, website, address, and social media. It is also a great place to add coupon or QR code.

The inside panels of your brochure are the most important. Here is where you should put:

  • Testimonials from past clients.
  • A short description or history of your company.
  • List of your products and services
  • A short sales pitch or your company motto.
  • Some details about how you interact with your clients.
  • Instructions on how to get started.
  • Call to Action: ”Give us a Call Today” or “Visit www.mywebsite.com.”
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A Trifold Brochure
by YaseenArt 

Step 4: Tweaking Your Design

Use easy to read fonts like Helvetica, Times New Roman or Garamond. Use sans serif fonts for the body text and serif or script fonts for the headline and subheadings. Choose complementary fonts that still contrast enough to look distinctive. Limit your font choice to a maximum of three. Using too many fonts can make your brochure look messy.

Emphasize important key messages by highlighting them in bold or italic, or using bigger size fonts. But use big fonts for the headline and call to action. Adjust the font size to match the importance of the information.

Break longer block texts into bullet points that are easier to read. Align design elements properly for a neat and tidy layout. Balance block texts with negative space to avoid overwhelming your reader.

Step 5. Choosing a Printer

The quality of your marketing materials affects the perception your audience has of you and your products. A trifold printed on a thin and flimsy stock will give the impression that the producer is cheap and uninvested. While a heavy, matte stock with vivid colors will make a good strong impression.

So, what are your printing options?

Digital printing is best used to deliver quick, small runs. It has the ability to produce metallic colors, and print on a wide variety of stock coatings.

Traditional offset printing is suitable for simple, high-quality prints with consistent color and large runs over 2,000 pieces.  Also, it supports a large variety of paper type with custom finishes.

While digital printing is more advantageous for short runs, with offset printing, the more you print- the cheaper is the price per piece. As a general rule, if it’s under 2,000 pieces, it will be cheaper to produce on a digital printer.

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We hope that the information provided in this guide is helpful in creating your own trifold brochure. If you are interested in having a design created by one of our professional designers, give us a call! We have creative professionals who will design any type of brochure that is sure to attract your audience, as well as high quality digital and offset printers, for a professional finish.

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