Where Do Pocket Folders Come From?
NOTE: While a 4" pocket is standard, printers sometimes have access to other “standing die-lines” for things like vertical pockets or rounded pockets. Check with your Sales Representative to see what other options are available without needing to spend extra money on a custom die-line.
Glue Tabs: Most pocket folders have "glued pockets" which are closed on one side by using "tabs." The tabs are created from extra cardstock extended from the Front or Back Cover, as shown in our diagram. The tabs are cut with on a diagonal at the top and bottom, and scored along the face edge of the finished piece. Measuring 1/2" to 3/4", you will want continue your image bleed across the score line, just as you would for any other bleed edge. This will be covered by the actual pocket, but will hide any issues arising from bounce or misregistration anywhere along the manufacturing process.
Pocket Slits: Pockets may have various slits cut into them to hold an assortment of additional materials. The most common of these are Business Card slits; which allow a business card to be presented with the finished packet. Typically these are created as 2 diagonal slits cut into the pocket on opposite corners of where the business card would go, although it’s not uncommon to see 4 slits (1 in each corner). Round semi-circle (or half-moon) slits are sometimes used as well, either in the corners, or along the top and bottom of the positioned card. Long horizontal barbell-style slits or rounded bar slits are also sometimes cut into the top edge of a pocket to hold CD/DVD sleeves or tri-fold brochures.
While this article only covers the most common pocket folder layouts, there are ENDLESS possibilities of standard or custom options available. Feel free to contact any of our helpful and courteous Designers or Sales Representativesfor more information about what types of folders might be helpful to your company or organization.