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    Kind of a lot in this post.. but yeah. I've been asked to make a brochure (standard tri-fold, 8.5x11) for my work. In the past all I've ever designed was things like announcements, small cards, etc and I never cared enough to learn about proper print techniques (although the print shop has never complained).

    I'd like to first know if how I'm setting this up is the right way.. (I've included a .ai that I started) for making a brochure.. and also how to deal with the back? would I make a separate file?

    I'd also like to know of some resources to learn about print techniques... I've tried searching and only end up with print shops or design studios (perhaps I'm missing the correct keywords).

    If any of you have any advice on what I should do to make this brochure properly.. please tell me.

    Stuff I know:
    -Work at 300dpi
    -CMYK colors(full color brochure)
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    having attachment issues.. please hold for a moment
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    You can attach .ai files now.
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    Ok, first of all, read this tutorial... you can apply the same general rules to brochures... only taking the size and folding into account.

    http://www.webdesignforums.net/thread8372.html

    I'm going to look at your AI now and post again.

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    Ok, here is a brochure that I made recently, split into two files (front and back). I removed some images, because the files were HUGE. But you still get the idea of where I was going with it.

    I'm linking to them from my site because they're too big to upload.

    http://www.stevenmoseley.com/print/brochure1/Front.ai
    http://www.stevenmoseley.com/print/brochure1/Back.ai

    Take a look at them and see if they give you a good enough starting point to make yours.

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    Yeah, I did read that and it helped me a lot.. also note on that ai I think I put the front page on the wrong panel (should be far right after I drew it out on paper)
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    Here's what it looks like printed (front over back)

    http://www.stevenmoseley.com/galleri...ic_Trifold.jpg

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    Notice in the printed image, when the left flap of the front is folded over, it directly coincides with the middle flap of the interior... so when you open it up, it feels like the same image to the person reading it... with a noticeable transition from the surreal, cold blue to the warmer, more soothing faded tones of the interior. The idea is to consider that a trifold is unique in that it is experienced over time. The cover should make the person open it up. When the interior is partially revealed, a second message is delivered, which prompts the user to move on and open it up all the way, revealing the full message of your company. Then, the back should have afterthoughts such as contact information.

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    Yeah, front panel is on the right... back panel is in the middle, and interior front panel (second page message) is on the left (of the front side). On the back side, the right panel shows in the second page message, and the whole thing shows when fully opened.

    Trifolds are FUN !!!


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