Folder Specific Artwork Guidelines

There are 3 folder sizes to choose from, DL, A4 or A5, which are oversized to accommodate that paper size, i.e. the A4 folder will accommodate A4 sheets with room to spare. Business card slots are available on most folders, please specify when ordering if you’d like these included or not and adjust the template supplied accordingly.

Before designing your folder artwork, please download the correct folder template and use this as a guide. Downloads are available.


Folder templates

Various options for shape & style are available, please choose from the options below.

A5 Interlocking Templates

A5 Glued Templates


Download .zip files


When submitting artwork, please send us two files: one with the artwork template visible and overlaid on your artwork, and another with the template removed, displaying only your artwork. We use the first document to check your files are accurate, and we will proof and print the second document.

There should be no difference between the two files
other than one has the template overlaid, one doesn’t.

Same size, Same position, Same artwork…

Download Example


Template Visible

Folder with template


No Template Visible

Folder without template



  • Include 3mm bleed on all sides
  • Supply as a CMYK PDF
  • Outline or embed fonts
  • 300dpi resolution


Inside the folder / Double sided folders

Don’t forget to mirror the template!

Here you can see ‘Outside’ and ‘inside’ for an A5 double sided folder.






Spot UV can be applied to the outer cover only.
Your guide file should show the CMYK artwork and the Spot UV artwork (in 100% K) along with the folder template.


Single-Sided SPOT UV
Print front, Spot UV front


Double-Sided SPOT UV
Print front, Print back, Spot UV front, blank page
It is recommended you do not place words, page numbers or images too close to the edges of each page.  We would recommend a safe zone on all sides of at least 3mm for Spot UV folders.

Any Spot UV artwork should contain solid black shapes in the exact position where the Spot UV is required. Please ensure Spot UV artwork is 100% black only and does not contain any cyan, magenta or yellow and is supplied as vector (rather than a bitmap) to ensure the best result.


Please note: Spot UV is applied using a process similar to screen printing and has registration tolerances of approximately ±0.5 mm. It is not therefore recommended that small text or thin lines are Spot UV’d as perfect register cannot be guaranteed.


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