A folder is basically a medium to hold our documents.

In a market where first impressions are important, presenting documents inside a personalized folder helps to improve brand image to customers, as it conveys seriousness, formality and professionalism.

The purpose of the folder is none other than to hold, protect and transport documents such as quotes, proposals, catalogues, leaflets...


Multiple formats can be used to make folders. It is necessary to specify what type of documents it will contain and, based on that, make a folder capable of holding those documents.

This way, we can manufacture folders capable of holding documents in A4, A5 format or in a different format, for which the folder should be manufactured in a larger format, with enough room to insert the documents.

At ORVY we have several standard folder dies designed to hold documents in A4 and A5.
We have the corresponding die lines from which we can apply any design and customize the folder as required.

In addition to this, in the event a folder outside of existing standards is required, we can manufacture a custom die and use it to achieve an original and different folder with which to surprise customers.


Folders can be printed on one side or both sides, depending on the contents and design we want to apply and in any of the ways listed below:

  • colour (four-colour)
  • in black
  • in two colours
  • in Pantone colours
  • a combination of all of them

In some circumstances, Pantone colours or special inks are used to be able to extend the range of colours and to attract attention with bright colours or simply to adapt to the corporate colours of the corresponding company.

We can also use finishing techniques such as stamping, selective UV varnish, drip off varnish, plastic coating/laminating and embossing, among others, to give the folders extra added value.

If we combine these techniques with a good design we can produce much more attractive folders and we will be able to convey a good brand image.


Coated paper is the most widely used media when printing folders.
However, offset paper, card and recycled paper are also present in these types of products. One of the main advantages of this type of paper is that it allows you to make notes by hand on the folder if necessary.

The use of special paper is very common when we want the folders to stand out for their touch or their originality. There are many specialities we can use to surprise.

It is advisable to use a heavy weight, usually between 300 and 400 grams, in order to obtain the necessary rigidity to meet the task of protecting the documents contained. Although medium weights are also perfectly valid if we do not mind sacrificing rigidity.

Plastic-coating the folder is highly recommended, for greater protection, to prevent scratches and marks in designs with dark backgrounds and to prevent deterioration over time. In addition, it gives the folder a more pleasant feel.

Types of Folders

Although there are many types of folders, by type and functionality, these are some of the most common folder styles:

  • Single folder or subfolder: They do not have a flap and, therefore, do not require a die. They are two pages folded in half, with crease lines.
  • Folders with flap attached: It has a flap attached to the back cover like a bag.
  • Self-assembly folders: 2 flaps on the back cover, one on the side and the other on the bottom. Die cut folder.
  • Folders with punched hole: With 2 punched holes or semicircles located next to the spine that are used to staple the documents contained in the folder.
  • Custom folders: We can manufacture different folders by creating the corresponding die; we can make folders with original and practical shapes at the same time.

A folder can be manufactured with or without a spine. This will depend to a large extent on the number of sheets that we plan to hold in it. The size of the spine will not be the same for a folder that will contain 5 or 6 sheets as a folder designed to contain 100 sheets.