You already know “why” from our previous blog post, found here:

Now let’s get into the “how” of setting up a brochure file for print. Whether you are a designer creating print ready artwork or a beginner who needs a visual reference, we have templates to help.

Today we are featuring a standard 8.5″x11″ double-sided brochure. We allow an exterior of 1/8″ where any elements will “bleed” off of the page including background colors or textures and non-essential designs. We also include an 1/8″ interior “safety margin” that essential design and text should not extend past. Use the following template to see the dimensions for yourself:

Trifold Brochure Interior

Trifold Brochure Exterior

Note: The most common mistake made when creating an 8.5″x11″ brochure is dividing the panels evenly into 3 sections. When designed correctly, the interior folded panel is a tenth of an inch shorter than the other panels to allow the panel to tuck into the opposing fold.

If you have any questions or would like .ai or .indd templates please contact or call 716.847.6400