Designing a Pocket Folder

Want to make your pocket folder and printing life a whole lot easier? Just follow these steps and it will all go smooth. Most pocket folder designs are the standard size 9″ x 12″ (closed) with either one or two 4″ pockets on the inside. One of the most often made mistakes that cost designers money is creating their design in multiple files (cover, back cover and pockets separated), instead of one file. When designing your pocket folder in this way the printer or you will end up fixing it, either way it will cost you extra money and time.

  • In your design program set your page up to be 18″ x 16″.
  • Set your vertical guide to be at the 9″ mark to split the outside front cover (right side) and outside back cover (left side).
  • Set your horizontal guide to be at the 12″ mark to split up the covers from the pockets. Remember, these pockets will fold up, so if you have text or a picture they must be set upside down, so when the pockets are folded they will be right side up.
  • Don’t forget to add .125″ (1/8″) bleed if you are planning to cover your pocket folder with color.

PF Diagram

We hope this helps you in your design process. If you have any questions or comments please drop us a line.

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