A parallel fold is a folding technique where a flat sheet of paper or other material is folded along a series of parallel lines to create multiple sections or panels. The fold lines are spaced evenly apart and run parallel to each other. This creates a series of folded sections that are equal in size and shape.

parallel fold examples

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There are variations on the parallel fold, including:

  • Broadside double parallel
  • 10-page parallel
  • Triple parallel

This type of fold is commonly used for brochures, booklets, and other multi-page printed materials. The multi-page variations are a simple way to add more content while keeping the same size and format.

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