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How to Make a Tri-Fold Brochure Template in Photoshop

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What You'll Be Creating

In today's tutorial, we will be creating our very own tri-fold brochure mockup! We will be putting together a tri-fold brochure template in Photoshop perfect for a creative agency or small business. However, you can also use the same steps to create other sizes and styles as well! Just change the colors and images, and you're good to go. 

What You'll Learn in This Tri-Fold Brochure Tutorial

  • How to set up a tri-fold brochure sized document
  • How to make a tri-fold brochure template in Photoshop
  • How to create a business tri-fold brochure design
  • How to copy and paste layer styles in Adobe Photoshop 
  • Where to find tri-fold brochure template Photoshop downloads

What You'll Need

To complete this project, we are using the following resources:

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1. How Set Up a Tri-Fold Brochure Sized Document

First, we have to set up our document and make sure it's ready for printing. Let's look at the specifics.

Step 1

One of the most common tri-fold brochure sizes in Photoshop templates is 8.5 x 11 inches. Though sizes do vary, we will be going with 8.5 x 11 inches today!

You'll also want to set the Resolution to 300 to ensure a nice crisp and clear printing experience. 

tri-fold brochure size in photoshop template

Step 2

Now, let's set up our guides, which will help us know where to place what.

Our first set of guides will be our "bleed" guide, as well as our "fold" guides. These will show us where the tri-fold brochure will be folded once printed. 

Turn on the ruler by hitting Control-R, and then right-click > Millimeters.

Click and drag on the ruler to create a guide. Use the left "height" ruler for a vertical guide and the top "length" ruler for a horizontal guide. 

Place four vertical guides at the 3, 102, 201, and 300-millimeter marks. We are creating three 99-millimeter columns. 

tri-fold brochure size and guides

Step 3

Place two horizontal guides at 33 and 213 millimeters. 

blank tri-fold brochure template photoshop

Step 4

Now let's create our content areas. We want any important content and text to stay within these lines, unless we want the content to reach onto a different panel.

First, place vertical lines at 11, 94, 110, 193, 209, and 292 millimeters. 

blank tri-fold brochure template photoshop

Step 5

Finish the guides by placing two horizontal guides at 11 and 20 millimeters. 

This will leave us with three 83 x 194-millimeter panels! Keep in mind that there are different tri-fold brochure sizes in Photoshop templates. So this number will vary from template to template. 

If you're making a tri-fold brochure with both a front and back like I am, then go ahead and save two versions of this document to save yourself some time.

You can also save this as a blank tri-fold brochure template for Photoshop and use it over and over again! 

blank tri-fold brochure template photoshop

2. How to Design a Background for a Tri-Fold Brochure

With our document prepped, let's lay down our backgrounds. As I mentioned above, I will have two documents in total: one for the front side and one for the back. 

Step 1

On the front side document, create a white rectangle the same size as the canvas, using the Shape tool.  

Add a Pattern Overlay layer effect to the shape, using the black and gray pattern from this pattern pack.

Bring the Opacity of the Pattern Overlay down to 10%, setting the Size to 25%.

 pattern overlay to tri-fold brochure design

Step 2

While still in the front side document, create a 303 x 153-millimeter rectangle towards the top of the canvas. 

Set it to any color. 

top section of tri-fold brochure design

Step 3

Clip a photo of a Blackboard or Chalkboard into the rectangle shape. Enlarge the image so that only the chalkboard texture is showing if needed.  

add chalkboard texture

Step 4

Change to the backside document, and place the same chalkboard texture, filling up the full canvas. 

add chalk board background

Step 5

Place a light gray #e6e7e8 102 x 216-millimeter rectangle on the right-hand side of the "Back" document. This rectangle should line up with your right-most "fold" guide. 

create side panel on back of tri-fold brochure design

Step 6

Switching to the frontside document, place and clip an image of your team above the chalkboard texture. Set the Layer Mode to Overlay. Add a reasonably harsh Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur. 

Group these layers into a group named "Background." Do the same to the back document's background layers. 

add image overlay

3. How to Create the Front of a Business Tri-Fold Brochure Design

Let's focus on each side of the brochure separately so we don't have to keep switching back and forth. We'll start with the front.

Step 1

Starting with the right-most panel, extract and place a subject of your choice using your preferred method. 

I will be using this stock image of a  Business Woman Holding a Phone, and I extracted her using the Select Subject tool, which worked great here as we are going for more of a graphic style look!

Next, make your subject greyscale with Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation.   

extract subject

Step 2

Create a pink (#ef5591) to orange (#f26f64) Gradient fill layer. Set it to Style: Linear and Angle: 90, and clip it into the subject. 

add gradeint overlay

Step 3

Use a soft black Brush to mask out the gradient covering the subject's face and upper body.  

mask gradient

Step 4

Finish up by placing a white version of your logo above the subject. I used this Planet Logo, and I turned it white with a Color Overlay layer effect. 

Group the subject, gradient, and logo, naming the group "Right Panel."

add white company logo

Step 5

Now, on to the middle panel. Let's start by creating a row of featured clients, sponsors, or any other logos you may want to feature, depending on your needs!

I used the same Color Overlay layer effect on all logos as I did on the "Design Planet" logo, turning them all white.

Group all of the logos to keep things nice and organized. 

features clients section on tri-fold brochure design

Step 6 

Create an 83.1 x 22.1-millimeter rectangle using the Shape tool—any color. Place it similarly to what you see below.  

create rectangle  shape

Step 7

Add a Gradient Layer Effect to the rectangle in the same pink (#ef5591) to orange (#f26f64) Linear gradient with an Angle: -105.

add gradient layer effect

Step 8

Add icon "10" from the 15 Space and Astronaut Icons pack.

Change the icon to white by copying the Color Overlay layer style from one of the previous logos onto the icon.

You can copy a layer style by holding Alt and then clicking and dragging the style from one layer to another. 

include space icon

Step 9

Add your phone number and a call to action or phrase. For today's design, I will be using the font Neue Haas Unica!

Use the Light font weight at around 10 pt for the call to action, and the Bold font-weight at approximately 26 pt for the phone number. Change the text size to suit your needs!

Make sure the text is set to Center Text and white.

add phone number

Step 10

Finish the middle panel by adding any more contact information like your address, any other phone numbers, or a website URL. 

I used Neue Haas Unica in Bold at 11 pt in a soft gray #58595b color.

Group your layers, naming it "middle panel."

add other contact information

Step 11

Let's finish by designing the left panel! 

Type out the first half of your tagline using Neue Haas Unica in Black at 32 pt in any color.

Copy, drag, and drop the same orange to pink gradient layer style from the phone-number rectangle onto the first half of your tagline. 

add title to front of tri-fold brochure design

Step 12

Type out the second part of your tagline using Neue Haas Unica in Regular at 30 pt in white. Place it directly below the first half of the tagline. 

Both lines of text should be pressed up against the left-most content guide. 

Group the two lines of text, naming the group "tag line."

add subtitle to tri-fold brochure design

Step 13

Place any additional flavor text below the "tag line" group using Neue Haas Unica in Regular at 11 pt in white. 

Remember, keep all the text in between the two left panel content lines, so they don't end up in the fold of the brochure!

about us section on tri-fold brochure template

Step 14

Create a second orange to pink gradient rectangle towards the bottom of the left panel. To save time, you can always copy the first smaller rectangle from earlier and then resize it! My rectangle is 83 x 53 millimeters. 

copy past layer styles

Step 15

Add icon "1" from the 15 Space and Astronaut Icons pack, placing it in the top-middle of the rectangle. 

Turn it white like all the other logos and icons. 

add space icons

Step 16

Finally, place some quote Centred Text inside the rectangle. Below, I used Neue Haas Unica in Italic at 11 pt in white.

Group all of your left panel layers, and you are done with the front side!

add pull qoute tri-fold brochure template

4. How to Create the Back of a Business Tri-Fold Brochure Design

Let's move on to the back of the brochure! We will be using the same fonts, layer styles, and icons for the back of our design as we did the front. 

Try copying and pasting them from one to the other to save some time!

Step 1

First, let's add some information to the right-side panel.

Create a title labeled "Services" towards the top of the gray rectangle using Neue Haas Unica in Bold at 32 pt.

The color doesn't matter as we are going to add a Gradient Layer Effect to the text in the same pink (#ef5591) to orange (#f26f64) Linear gradient with an Angle of -105. 

create services title

Step 2

Create an orange and pink gradient rectangle coming from the side of the gray square. My exact size is 94 x 31 millimeters. 

add service sub section

Step 3

Add a brief description of your services using Neue Haas Unica in Regular at 11 pt in white.

Left Align the text. 

write short service intro

Step 4

Now, let's list our services! 

Start by creating a text box that is 56 millimeters in width. Using Neue Haas Unica in Medium at 17 pt set to hot pink (#EF5591), type out the name of your service. 

create text box

Step 5

In the same text box, type a brief description of the service.

Below I used Neue Haas Unica in Regular at 10.5 pt set to a medium gray (#414142).

title and describe a service

Step 6

Add icons related to the service to the left of the text. Again, I am using the 15 Space and Astronaut Icons pack. 

Copy and paste the same pink to orange gradient from the rectangle onto the icon.

add service icon

Step 7

Repeat this step for all of your services!

Group each service into a group, keeping the text and icon together.

Once done, group the different service groups into one final group named "Services Offered."

services offered section tri-fold brochure template

Step 8

Finish up the "Services" panel by adding some 1 px medium gray (#414142) lines between the different services using the Line Tool. 

Group all of the layers you just created into a group named "Services."

add line breaks

Step 9

For the rest of the back side of the brochure, we are going to combine the middle and left panel to create one large panel!

Start by adding a 201 x 52 millimeter pink and orange gradient rectangle towards the bottom-middle of the left canvas. 

create pink orange rectangle

Step 10

Take a copy of your previously extracted subject and place her on the left side of the canvas, aligning the bottom edge of the image with the bottom edge of the gradient rectangle.

Create a pink (#ef5591) to orange (#f26f64) Gradient fill layer. Set it to Style: Linear and Angle: 90 and clip it into the subject. 

Use a soft black Brush to mask out the gradient covering the subject's face and upper body.  

Group these two layers, naming the group "Model."

add second subject to tri-fold brochure template

Step 11

Create a second rectangle below the Model group and above the gradient rectangle. 

add banner box

Step 12

The color of the shape doesn't matter as we are going to clip a background image into it!

I will be using this Wooden Dominoes image. 

clip banner image

Step 13

Adjust the Image > Adjuemnts > Hue/Saturation so that the image is grayscale. Give it a slight blue tint with Image > Adjustments > Color Balance set to +15 blue, -15 red. 

Lastly, up the Contrast to +56 using Image > Adjustments > Brightness/Contrast. 

adjust banner colors on tri-fold brochure template

Step 14

Add all of your company facts onto the gradient rectangle using Neue Haas Unica.

Below, I used Heavy for the "Our Company" title and Medium for the statistics.

Add any extra fun icons or branding, set to white, to fill up any space if you have it!

company statistic section

Step 15

Add a title to the top of the brochure using Neue Haas Unica in Bold Italic. 

Place the same pink to orange gradient onto the text, from the rectangles. 

blank tri-fold brochure template photoshop title

Step 16

Finally, fill the bottom half the brochure with a short "about us" section and a list of results!

For the subtitle, I used Neue Haas Unica in bold at 11 pt set to a hot pink (#EF5591), changing the font to white for the extra text below. 

For the right-side list, I used the same Neue Haas Unica in bold at 11 pt set to white.

add bottom information

Step 17

To finish things off, I added some pink to orange gradient checkmarks to the side of each list item using this UI Icon Set!

Group all of your checkmarks into their own group and then group the "checkmarks" group with the list text, and you are all done!

add check marks

That's It!

That's all there is to creating a tri-fold brochure mockup! While it may look like a lot, in reality, it's just using the same design themes over and over again to keep things readable, minimal, and cohesive! Sticking to one font and only a hand full of colors will not only ensure an attractive design, but it will also save you time.

Remember, you can always copy and paste your layer styles from one layer onto another; there's no need to apply the same settings over and over again!

photoshop brochure template

In a Hurry?

In a hurry and need a blank tri-fold brochure template for Photoshop right now? Then you're in luck! Envato Elements has dozens of designs to choose from; just download, place in your info, and you are good to go. 

Here are some of my favorite tri-fold brochure designs, all from Envato Elements! 

Fitness Tri-Fold Brochure

Fitness Tri-Fold Brochure

The fitness tri-fold brochure is all about getting you or your customers pumped for the gym! It features a minimal design that still manages to have a ton of energy thanks to its use of red as an accent color and sharp modern shapes. 

Statistics Tri-Fold Brochure

Statistics Tr fold Brochure

This tri-fold brochure template Photoshop download is ideal for market research, statistics, and financial services! Offering plenty of room for information as well as graphics that are easy to swap out for your own. Give it a try today.

Geometric Brochure Tri-Fold

Geometric Brochure Tri-Fold

Jump on the geometric shape trend with the Geometric Brochure Tri-Fold template! Minimal yet colorful at the same time, this brochure has a ton of room for long-form text as well as images. Thanks to its versatile design, it can be used in every field and industry.

Simple Tri-Fold Brochure

Simple tri-fold Brochure

The Simple tri-fold brochure template Photoshop download offers you just the right amount of space, so you don't have to worry about filling in paragraphs of filler information or wondering what images to place where. Add only what you need, and get it done fast!

Brochure – Creative Startup Studio Tri-Fold

Brochure  Creative Startup Studio Tri-Fold

Kick-start your creative studio with the perfect tri-fold brochure design! Don't let the name fool you, however—you can use this template for large corporations, small businesses, startup agencies, or any other professional services. 

So now you know how to make a tri-fold brochure. But don't stop now; why not check out even more tutorials below:


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