In this quick tutorial, we’ll show you 14 standard brochure mock-ups and their measurements you should use when creating a template in Photoshop.
Size Your Brochure Template to 8.5″ x 11″
When setting up your document, you should include the following measurements and settings:
- Most standard brochure measurements should be set to 8.5” x 11″, which translates to 2250 x 3300 in pixels.
- Your resolution setting should also be 300 PPI.
- The color mode should be set to CMYK (not RGB).
What’s Full-Bleed Printing? → Full-bleed printing ensures that your brochures won’t have blank borders after going through the printing and trimming stages. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to print full-bleed at home, so using an online printer is the best choice.
You can check out our full reviews on brochures to see which online printer is best for you. We strongly recommend using one of our top-of-the-line online printers, such as PrintPlace, for easy uploading and printing high-quality brochures at a cheap price.
Regardless of which brochure type you want to create (i.e., Z-fold or half-fold), make sure you set the correct width and length when you set up your document. More intricate brochure types must be sized to 8.5 x 14, 11 x 17, or 11 x 25.5 inches before you can design your template.
14 Types of Brochures: Basic Measurements
Although most people choose to create tri-fold brochures, there are a ton of other choices. Here are 14 standard types of brochures (including tri-fold) that you can create in Photoshop.
1. Tri-Fold (8.5″ x 11″)
As the most popular type of brochure, tri-fold brochures are easy to make in Photoshop, Word, and other software programs. They also serve as great handouts for easy reading.
2. Half-Fold (8.5″ x 11″)
Half-fold brochures are one of the most common brochure types. They are perfect for creating event programs, takeout menus, and handouts.
3. Single-Gate Fold (8.5″ x 11″)
Single-gate fold brochures are great for creating image-heavy handouts, such as architecture layouts, landscape photography, and restaurant menus.
4. Four-Panel Fold (8.5″ x 14″)
For additional space, four-panel fold brochures are perfect for making leaflets and programs for events. Typically, this type of brochure is used for tourist pamphlets and informational guides, but you can get creative with what you use it for.
5. Double-Gate Fold (8.5″ x 14″)
If you’re presenting a large amount of information, the double-gate fold brochure offers more space for graphics and text and is great for aiding large presentations.
6. Z-Fold (8.5″ x 11″)
Z-fold brochures put a twist on the tri-fold layout, with the panels facing outward. Usually Z-fold brochures serve well as step-by-step guides and mailing handouts.
7. Four-Panel Accordion Panel (8.5″ x 14″)
Although complicated, four-panel accordion panel brochures work well as maps and lengthy guides. This brochure type opens like a fan and offers plenty of space for graphics and text, too.
8. Four-Panel Roll Fold (8.5″ x 14″)
As as an intricate brochure design, the four-panel roll fold serves great as an informational or tutorial guide. Keep in mind that the panels aren’t all sized the same width, so make sure you have use the correct measurements.
9. Five-Panel Accordion Fold (11″ x 25.5″)
For even more brochure space, the five-panel accordion fold is a great layout to use for creating travel brochures and other informational guides. This unique design not only keeps the reader interested but also intrigued by the flow of the brochure.
10. Tri-Fold & Half-Fold (11″ x 17″)
Creating tri-fold and half-fold brochures are not for the faint of heart. This complicated design serves best for making maps and in-depth travel brochures.
11. Tri-Fold & Z-Fold (11″ x 17″)
As another alternative for maps and travel brochures, the combined tri-fold and z-fold brochure is great for text- and graphic-heavy pamphlets. This intricate brochure helps everything flow together better with the Z-fold layout.
12. Eight-Panel Roll Fold (11″ x 17″)
Eight-panel roll fold brochures are excellent for making promotional booklets and other long informational guides. Although this type of brochure is difficult to create, the unique design will stand out from other brochure types.
13. Half-Fold & Half-Fold (11″ x 25.5″)
The double half-fold brochure is another complicated design that is perfect for creating in-depth maps and informational guides. Although it looks difficult to make, this brochure type isn’t too hard to set up in Photoshop.
14. 16-Panel Fold (11″ x 25.5″)
The 16-panel fold brochure is the motherload of all brochures. With so much space for graphics and text, use this brochure type if you want to create an in-depth guide or detailed map.
If you want to create any of these brochures, remember to use the same resolution setting and full-bleed printing for the best-looking brochures!
Here’s Why You Should Use An Online Printer
After you create a spectacular template, printing high-quality brochures at home is pretty difficult. Make sure you use an online printer so you can hand out jaw-dropping brochures that’ll impress potential clients and customers.
We recommend using PrintPlace as the go-to online printer if you want to upload your template for printing. If you don’t have a design already made, Vistaprint provides easy-to-use design tools and offers more than 1,200 pre-designed templates for you to choose from.
Sample photos by Caltiva Creatividad and Paul Lechner.