Can I trim a document after folding, and how does this affect the design and layout?

Yes, a folded document can be trimmed to size after folding. This is typically done when producing saddle-stitched or perfect bound books. But there are other occasions where trimming after folding might be desired or necessary.

And yes, it will affect the overall design. The results depend on the type of paper, the number of folds, and design elements.

If the job calls for trimming after folding, a design needs to be adjusted page by page in order compensate for paper thickness, number of pages or panels, and critical design elements.

We take all these factors into account and automatically compensate for them when we design and print a project.

It’s important to make these adjustments during the design phase. Improper compensation can lead to critical elements such as type or graphics being trimmed off.

Call us 818-709-1220 and we’ll work with you to ensure your design is properly prepared for printing and trimming.

Or send us your print specifications here and we’ll be in touch shortly.