Folding dummies are an essential part of any graphic designer’s toolbox. Folding dummies are simply sample page sheets that are used to indicate page sequence and other important finishing information. And although software has come a long way over the years, a physical folding dummy will catch some things that a computer never will be able to. Here are a few reasons why you should be using folding dummies with your folding machine projects.
Instant feedback – Folding dummies will tell you immediately about the logic of the fold. It will help you determine whether the design is working and makes sense for the end user, as well as provide clues to any potential problems.
Root out mechanical paper problems – Folding dummies allow you to test different settings on your machine without committing to a job. Not all jobs are the same, so it’s a good idea to know what to expect.
Provides necessary clues/information – A folding dummy can clue you in on some important finishing information. For example, if you don’t know whether your project will need creasing, a sample dummy can clue you in. Cracking or splitting on a blank sheet will indicate the need for a crease.
Eliminate folding mistakes – A marked up folding dummy can alert you to any folding mistakes that may arise before you commit to a job. Mistakes do, and will happen! A properly marked sample will leave no confusion.
Determine how much folding compensation is needed – No matter how much a customer yells, you can’t change the size of a printed panel. A sample dummy can confirm your panel sizes, so you don’t have to try and salvage the job.
Keeps everyone on the same page – Some people articulate even the simplest folds differently. With a folding dummy, everyone can see a print project’s result, and there will be no excuse for not having an agenda properly fulfilled. That means more happy customers, less profit loss, and less confusion!
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