Printing Lingo: What is a Gatefold?

Diagram A: The Gatefold method is used for invitations and brochures.

A Gatefold is a document folding method that uses two parallel folds to create six panels – three panels on each side of the paper.

The left and right panels are roughly half the width of the center panels and fold inward to meet in the middle without overlapping –  see Diagram A.

Diagram B: The Closed Gatefold method uses one additional fold in the center to further close the document.

Sometimes a Gatefolded piece is folded inward one more time, along a central crease. This method is called a Closed Gatefold or Double Gatefold.

The Closed Gatefold method creates eight panels – four panels on each side of the paper. All panels are roughly the same width – see Diagram B.

Have additional questions about Gatefolds or any other document folding method? Give Formax a call…we’re always here to help.

Take care! Keith

About the Author

Keith Beaty is the owner of Formax Printing Solutions in St. Louis, MO. Formax provides a complete array of offset and digital printing services. Specialty areas include full-color printing, all types of softcover books, laminated printing, plus fulfillment and mailing services. If you ever have a printing question or project you would like to discuss, Keith is always happy to help. He can be reached at 314-434-5500 or 866-367-6221. Keith and Formax have been providing worry-free printing and related services for over 30 years.

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