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How do people handle margins and gutters when designing a tri-fold brochure in InDesign? When a brochure is folded in three, the inside flap ends up being smaller than the other two flaps, so if I want things to align exactly, I can't just use the margins and columns panel and be done with it. You can see in this image how the automatic gutters don't line up with the fold lines that I have put in: enter image description here

Do you set up your columns manually within your adjusted fold lines, or do you use the default columns and gutters, or perhaps some other method? I know I can accomplish this manually, but I'm just looking for the most straightforward way to do it.

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I set up two master pages - outside and inside.

I then place guides manually where folds are for each spread.

I find the text frame columns unworkable because they are always even. I use threaded text frames rather than a single frame with columns.

Save as a template..... never have to do it again.


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Awesome. How do you set up your gutters? Do you create your text frames at the full width of each panel and add inset spacing, or do you just adjust the width of the entire text frame to create gutters? – Tim Mackey Aug 2 '13 at 0:16
I tend to set the guide for the master page, then add a guide for the fold, then two additional guides offset from the fold to match the overall page guide distance. I.E. if page has 1p0 guide, I place a guide 1p0 away from the fold guide on either side (creating a 2p0 gutter). Then place a text frame within those guides. – Scott Aug 2 '13 at 0:25
Thanks for the tips! – Tim Mackey Aug 2 '13 at 0:30

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