How to create a professional trifold mockup in Adobe Photoshop CC

This tutorial teaches how to create a 3D mock up visual of a print-ready tri-fold brochure, in nothing but Photoshop. The techniques shown here could be applied to any other printing documents as well, like flyers, business cards etc.

But first, every project needs some concept. This concept serves as a guide or direction to completing your design projects. Without this, you may get lost or lose the plot.

After we have all of our thoughts gathered round a concept, we proceed to determining the dimensions of the document.

It is best to make calculations with just pen and paper which gives you can flexibility and ease to do rough sketches of shapes, values or designs till perfection very swiftly. I will be making a brochure which after fold will be in dimension of A4 size.

If you would like to use Letter size rather than European standards, then just check it’s dimensions. It is best for me to work in millimeters. However, if you want to use inches instead, you will have to convert my values (Photoshop does it automatically). Actually, my sketch is one big doodle, so I decided to make a clean graphical show off of the concept. Don’t care about this too much, just write down the values to not confuse yourself. The big numbers determine the placement of the single pages. Notice, that the front page is on the end of document while the back is in the middle. It could be confusing at first, but it’s simply logical. You just have to imagine the print in your head. There are also paper sizes of real dimension and sizes with bleeds. Also, I will tell you that it is named C folding type.

Video by Eddie a creative designer at Naked Street Media and also a graphic design instructor at CMM Academy.

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