Using Grids

A grid system provides order with margins and baselines and flexibility with a column structure. It makes designs more uniform and consistent across the University.

While multi-column grids may seem too narrow, text and images can be positioned across multiple columns. However, images may be positioned across all columns.

Body text should not cross more than four columns unless set in a large point size, as the line length would be very long and difficult to read.

If your images or graphics should bleed off the page (extend beyond the edges), make sure they actually bleed. Set your bleed to .125," minimum.

Download templates and see all grid measurements below.

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Catalog Brochure - Portrait

Size: 8.5" x 11" (sheet fed)
  8.375" x 10.875" (Web fed)
Grid: 6 Columns
Margins: 0.5"
Gutters: 0.2"
BINDING ADJUSTMENTS:

When spiral binding, comb binding, or using a 3-hole punch, increase the left margin to 0.75." If using facing pages in your layout, increase the inside margin to 0.75." All sizes listed are the finished size.

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Catalogue Portrait - CS
Catalogue Portrait - CS4
Catalogue Portrait - QuarkXPress
Design example of Catalogue Brochure - Portrait
Design example of Catalogue Brochure - Portrait

Catalog Brochure - Landscape

Size: 11" x 8.5" (sheet fed)
  10.875" x 8.375" (Web fed)
Grid: 8 Col.
Margins: 0.5"
Gutters: 0.2"
BINDING ADJUSTMENTS:

When spiral binding, comb binding, or using a 3-hole punch, increase the left margin to 0.75." If using facing pages in your layout, increase the inside margin to 0.75." All sizes listed are the finished size.

Download Layout Grids
Catalogue Landscape - CS
Catalogue Landscape - CS4
Catalogue Landscape- QuarkXPress
Design example of Catalogue Brochure - Landscape
Design example of Catalogue Brochure - Landscape

Common Letter

Size: 11" x 8.5"
Panels: 3
Grid: 3 Col. per panel
Margins: 0.375"
Gutters: 0.15"
File Name: Com_Letter_ Portrait.indt

All sizes listed are the finished size.

Design example of Common Letter Landscape
Fold must be on bottom of mailing panel for postal machines

Common Letter Landscape (commonly known as a tri-fold brochure or flier)

Design example of Common Letter Landscape
Download Layout Grids
Common Letter Landscape - CS
Common Letter Landscape - CS4
Common Letter Landscape - QuarkXPress

No. 10 Brochure

Size: 4" x 9"
Grid: 3 Col.
Margins: 0.375"
Gutters: 0.15"
File Name: No10_Brochure.indt

All sizes listed are the finished size.

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No. 10 Brochure - CS
No. 10 Brochure - CS4
No. 10 Brochure- QuarkXPress
Design example of No. 10 Brochure
Design example of No. 10 Brochure 2

Square Brochure

(recommended for annual reports)
Size: 9" x 9"
Grid: 6 Col.
Margins: 0.5"
Gutters: 0.2"
Download Layout Grids
Square Brochure 9x9 - CS
Square Brochure 9x9 - CS4
Square Brochure 9x9 - QuarkXPress
Size: 8" x 8"
Grid: 6 Col.
Margins: 0.375"
Gutters: 0.15"
Download Layout Grids
Square Brochure 8x8 - CS
Square Brochure 8x8 - CS4
Square Brochure 8x8 - QuarkXPress
Design example of Square Brochure
Design example of Square Brochure folded
BINDING ADJUSTMENTS:

When spiral binding, comb binding, or using a 3-hole punch, increase the left margin to 0.75." If using facing pages in your layout, increase the inside margin to 0.75." All sizes listed are the finished size.

Postcards

9" x 6" size
(must allow .625" clearance on the bottom of both sides of card)
Size: 9" x 6"
Grid: 6 Col.
Margins: 0.375," 0.625" on bottom
Gutters: 0.2"
Filename: 9x6_postcard.indt
Download Layout Grids
9x6 Postcard - CS
9x6 Postcard - CS4
9x6 Postcard - QuarkXPress
Design example of 9x6 postcard
Leave 2"x4" Clear space required for mailing address (see horizontal shaded area). .625" Clear space required on the bottom of postcards for barcodes (see vertical shaded area).
8.5" x 5.5" size
Size: 8.5" x 5.5"
Grid: 6 Col.
Margins: 0.375," 0.625" on bottom
Gutters: 0.2"
Filename: 8.5x5.5_postcard.indt
Download Layout Grids
8.5"x8.5" Postcard - CS
8.5"x8.5" Postcard - CS4
8.5"x8.5" Postcard - QuarkXPress
Design example of 8.5x8.5 postcard
Leave 2"x4" Clear space required for mailing address (see horizontal shaded area). .625" Clear space required on the bottom of postcards for barcodes (see vertical shaded area).
6" x 4.25" size
Size: 6" x 4.25"
Grid: 6 Col.
Margins: 0.25," 0.625" on bottom
Gutters: 0.15"
Filename: 6x4.25_postcard.indt
Download Layout Grids
6"x4.25" Postcard - CS
6"x4.25" Postcard - CS4
6"x4.25" Postcard - QuarkXPress
Design example of 6x425 postcard
Leave 2"x4" Clear space required for mailing address (see horizontal shaded area). .625" Clear space required on the bottom of postcards for barcodes (see vertical shaded area).

Note

The 2" x 4"clear space required for addresses is for standard (bulk) mail. For First Class mailing, the clear space for addresses needs to be 4" wide and the entire height of the postcard. Do not use a rule to divide the address side from the message side.

For questions regarding design including postal, please contact: Ken Reining
Manager, Mail & Distribution,
Bindery & Promotional Sales
kreining2@unl.edu
(402) 472-7029