I absolutely love the FOLDRite Template Master plug-in for InDesign. It’s a template creator and an educational resource, all rolled (well, folded) into one. It generates templates with correct panel sizes and an abundance of guidelines to keep you oriented. If you’ve done the math for a simple three panel fold-in brochure, you know it’s a bit of a challenge. But what about laying out much more complex pieces? Check out the FoldFactory site.
Not only the the FOLDRite Template Master plug-in generate complete templates, it provides extensive information about appropriate stocks for the form factor it’s created, along with advice about mailing issues and more.
And now you can have it for $99! If you build folded pieces, you really need this little gem. And check out “A Field Guide To Folding,” Trish Witkowski’s very readable and useful resource. If you want to dig deeper, consider her fantastic, encyclopedic instant classic, “FOLD: The Professional’s Guide To Folding.” At 850 pages, it will last you at least a week at the beach, but prepare you for a lifetime of first-class folding.
And since Trish is my Folding Hero, I may have to spring for the Trish Witkowski bobblehead doll, also available on the FoldFactory site. Way too cool!