If you are beginner when it comes to print out things you can forget the headache while preparing document to print and leave behind all that weird-vector-things. With this tutorial you will be able to create 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.

Preview of Final Results


Create a Tri-fold A4 brochure Photoshop Tutorial


  • Program: Adobe Photoshop CS4
  • Difficulty: Medium/ Hard
  • Completion Time: 2 Hours

Step 1 – The concept

Every project needs some concept. At first, we have to plan out things to not get failed in the middle of design process. For now we need to determine the dimensions of the document. It is best to make a calculations with just pen and paper when you can easily and fast draw out shapes and values. I am 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. So, 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.


Step 2 – Resolution

Resolution in print is the most important thing to take care of (aside design itself). While creating a new document you can set it here:


Printers shoots out the color dots on the paper. That’s how printers usually works. And the DPI (dots per inch) is the value that determines the amount of those dots in one inch lenght. You can instead use DPCM (dots per cm) value, but I have never met the person nor the printing company that measures dimension in dpcm. Besides, it could be easily converted in Photoshop. While creating new document just type the value of 72 pixels/inch (It’s actually PPI to be formal, not the DPI, but it’s commonly named DPI), when you will change this to pixels/cm…

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27 responses to “How to Create Brochure Mockups in Photoshop”

  1. Linda Sturling Avatar
    Linda Sturling

    Thank you so much. This is an excellent tutorial. You’re awesome! I hope your New Year is great! :)

  2. Das Avatar

    Nice work

  3. Cagel Avatar

    great stuff! thanks…

  4. Karren Barlow Avatar
    Karren Barlow

    Thanks for the info!

  5. Karren Barlow Avatar
    Karren Barlow

    Great article!

  6. Sovatana Avatar

    Thank you so much for this!

  7. Karren Barlow Avatar
    Karren Barlow

    Great info!

  8.  Avatar

    not clear

  9. Alejandro Yuca Avatar
    Alejandro Yuca

    Tutorial was confusing and unclear,You really have to find simpler ways of explaining things to people. Thanks for the information though.

  10. abhimanyu Avatar

    Thank you bro .. U are realy great. Thanks for helping me a lot.

  11. mukesh Avatar

    This really helped me . Thanks a bunch. I made a creating brochure present please.

  12. Landon R Avatar
    Landon R

    Fascinating. It seems like most Adobe users would naturally choose InDesign over Photoshop for something like this, since that’s essentially what InDesign is made for. But this is a very thorough tutorial for hardcore Photoshop users!

  13. Petya Avatar

    It’s great! Thanks a lot!

  14. Kay-yep Avatar

    Really helpful and inspiring ! I learnt a lot~thank you !

  15. sam Avatar

    amazing tutorial.
    keep up the good work.

    love it

  16. kinjal Avatar

    very important and very useful information.. i m a web graphic designer and didn’t have knowledge about printing graphics and bleed and safety margin etc etc.. this is very useful to me.. thanks keep it up. please refer font size information on business card that what should be font size in photoshop and in illustrator.. etc etcc thankkss please mail me.

    1. Das Avatar

      nice Great Work …

  17. chandra Avatar

    Thanks for sharing such a great information about print design

  18. J Avatar

    I’m sure this tutorial is great for beginners, but the title is very confusing. I thought this was about making the mock-ups not the whole brochure and just tell us to download your finished mock-up psd file.

    1. b Avatar

      That’s what I also thought. I guess that we won’t find any tutorial on how to make a mock-up template soon. :|

  19. wiizau Avatar

    tq for the efforts… dont stop creating guides..:-)

  20.  Avatar

    Thank You very Much…its help me a big time..

  21. fa Avatar

    thanks a lot. :)

  22. mike Avatar

    This really helped me out. Thanks a bunch. I made a great 3 fold for my business. I tweaked some stuff to make it my own, but it was very helpful to utilize the file you posted as an outline.

  23. sashacarey Avatar

    i learn more form here. and this web.

  24. gaumaran Avatar

    not clear

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