Paper Scoring

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Level: basic

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

Paper scoring
  • 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

Scoring paper
  • 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

Scored brochure
  • 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

Scored pamphlet
  • 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 so many of our products. From marketing assets to one-off personal projects, you’ll find paper scoring options on:

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.