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Paper Scoring

Designing a brochure or custom card? Add scoring to your project to make folding easier and to ensure your piece lays flat. As a premium online printer, Smartpress offers various finishing options, including different paper scoring types to suit your needs.

Scoring Process

Creating a crease in the paper stock so it will fold cleanly and undamaged, scoring can be done in three ways: by hand, by machine or by laser cutter. During this process, the crease line is pressed or embossed into the paper at the folding point.

Paper Scoring Types

1 Score

  • One score line on a piece
  • Include one set of tick marks in your PDF so we know where the score line should be
  • Great for two-panel pieces like holiday cards and place cards

2 Parallel Scores

  • Two score lines on a piece
  • Lines must be parallel
  • Include two sets of tick marks in your PDF so we know where the score lines should be
  • Great for three-panel pieces like tri-fold brochures and traditional letter folds

3 Parallel Scores

  • Three score lines on a piece
  • Lines must be parallel
  • Include three sets of tick marks in your PDF so we know where the score lines should be
  • Great for four-panel pieces like brochures with a double parallel fold

4 Parallel Scores

  • Four score lines on a piece
  • Lines must be parallel
  • Include four sets of tick marks in your PDF so we know where the score lines should be
  • Great for five-panel pieces like brochures with an accordion fold

When to Use Paper Scoring

Part of our online printing services, scoring can be added to:

Tips & Tricks

  • If you’d like to do the folding yourself by hand, we highly recommend selecting a scoring option.
  • We’ll score your online printing job and ship the pieces to you flat.
  • You do not need to select a scoring option if you have selected folding.
  • Include tick marks in your PDF so we know exactly where the score lines should be.
  • If you need perpendicular scoring, please request a Custom Quote.

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