How to Fold a Book into a Word - The original tuto

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Here it is : the tuto to make yourself a folded book.

Whatever you want to write or make a shape.

WARNING : this is the original tuto, with all the steps
With this one you will make really detailed altered books.

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Step 1: Download Photoshop

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This tuto is made with Photoshop (you can find a free trial version on the web).

Step 2:

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Open a new file, pixel scale.

Width is the number of sheets.
WARNING : I said “sheets” and not pages !!

For the height : height of your sheets in cm (be careful, the cover can be higher) multiplied x12.
This increase is for the final distorsion (folded sheets take up more space).

Step 3:

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Choose the custom shape tool or the text tool.

If it is a word, choose your font and create a layer for each letter.

WARNING : if it’s a word don’t leave space between each letter (each column must have a black area).

Step 4:

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In the “view” menu, check “rulers” and “extras“.

Use the “pencil tool“, “square brushes“, size 1 pixel.

Step 5:

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Rasterize layer.
Zoom until the ruler shows each pixel.

We’re going to modify areas where the text (or the shape) has two parts on the same column.

For the “L“, the grey areas won’t be changed (vertical lines are not broken).

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Keep in mind that each column is a sheet of your book.

With the “pencil tool” (square brushe, size 1 px, white color) erase one column out of two in the upper area.
Then erase one column out of two in the lower area shifting the deletion from the upper area.

At the folding time, you will have :
- first sheet for the upper part,
- second sheet for the lower part,
- third sheet for the upper part…. and so on, until complete columns.

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Do the same for letters “o” and “v“.

The “e” is special, because you don’t have 2 areas on the same column but 3 !!
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rasha9251 month ago

Do you have the word (Read)? I really need it.

Faitmain-Faitcoeur (author)  rasha92529 days ago

All my free patterns are here :

lwright221 month ago

is this as complicated as it looks? i'm desperate to do my own wordssss

Faitmain-Faitcoeur (author)  lwright221 month ago

No, it looks much more complicated as it is ;-)

Did you start to fold a book with an already made pattern? It helps to understand the tuto!
On my website, at this time, there is 22 different patterns (for free!).

Enjoy create,

One other solution to folding two words is to make the pattern so the letters of the word on top fall mostly between the letters on the bottom. This way you are not losing so much definition.
I agree about not cutting. I refuse to cut any pages :)
ebredberg4 months ago

Well, maybe I´m stupid, but if I want 2 words like in the picture, how can I make a pattern for that?


Are you okay with cutting in your book? I've seen a couple of people do that, to get more folds from each page (like when they're making an O, they'll cut the pages to get both the upper and lower part of the letter on each page instead of alternating) and think that might work.So you'd make a cut maybe a third down of the pages, looking at that picture, and you could use the upper third to write "the".
I wouldn't cut more pages than the ones that cover your top word though. (I've never tried, I'm just guessing.)

sorry about lengthy, and possibly useless, comment. I just thought "maaaybe..."

Faitmain-Faitcoeur (author)  jessicapct4 months ago

Sacrilege !! ;-)

Even though the book is folded, it is not degraded.
It pains me to cut a book....

It sounds smart but I gave up for this time, I don´t became friends with photoshop ;)

Faitmain-Faitcoeur (author)  ebredberg4 months ago

Oops, I miss the "reply" button. Therefore my answer is above your question....

Faitmain-Faitcoeur (author) 4 months ago

Same technic, but you will have many areas in the same column --> your letters may loose accuracy.

Is it better to do 2 books and put it together that way instead?

Faitmain-Faitcoeur (author)  ebredberg4 months ago

Yes, it could be a solution.

If you use the program paintnet there is a plugin that will count the pixels for you :)
Meteorka5 months ago

People,I need help))
Could someone help to calculate cm?

Faitmain-Faitcoeur (author)  Meteorka5 months ago

Take a look at step 10.
You have to manually pick pixels measurements and divide them by 12 to recover cm measurements.

Finally made my own! Thank you!
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Just for clarification on folding... (using image 11 as example) If the first part of the letter "L" uses 2 sheets for each part of the curve, top and bottom. Do you also use 2 sheet for the solid part of the letter (colums 40-55ish)? or are they individual sheets at that point? Thanks
Take a look at step 6 : " Keep in mind that each column is a sheet of your book."  So, after having erased your letters (or design), one black area is one sheet ! (whatever it was before).
Ok, EACH column is a (page) sheet of the book - Got It ! I was thinking each "sheet" was two pages of the book. Thanks for the explanation. Merry Christmas !!
I am trying to make a book with 3 letters. My letters are very small when I make the pattern. My book is 255 pages and 45cm in height. My biggest letter is only 15cm tall. What am I doing wrong?
Some fonts are smaller than other.
Did you try to change the font size on Photoshop ?
Faitmain-Faitcoeur (author) 7 months ago
Now, all my posts are available in French and English (just click on the flag on the right side).
For 2014 in English : it's there.
Enjoy folding !
Do you have the 2014 in English ? Can you put the link? Thanks!
Faitmain-Faitcoeur (author) 8 months ago
ADD ON : New free patterns on my website :
- stiletto sho,
- butterfly,
- 2014.

Enjoy folding,
I'm having trouble making the pattern...have no problem with the folding part. Would love to correspond with someone who can talk me through the pattern creation part :). If interested send me a message with your email or Facebook info. Thanks!
I think it's no more with the layers.... ;-)
Send me a private message : describing your problem and give me your mail
I'm having trouble with creating a layer for each letter. Can anyone help? Thanks!
What kind of "trouble" ?
I don't understand what can disturb you....
In order to help you please give me more details
to create the layer, do I select each letter and choose a new layer or do I choose a new layer and then the letter. Also what is the purpose of multiplying the height in cm by 12?
I create a new layer for each new letter.
Folded, the book is larger, multiplying keeps the final ratio when doing your pattern on Photoshop.
I guess I'll have to get a book on Photoshop to learn how to do layers. Thanks!
Don't buy a book just for this.
To show the layer window : F7 (will appear on the right side)
Then at the bottom you will have an icon "create a new layer" (just at the left side of the bin).
rmgb10 months ago
Thanks! Merci!
Faitmain-Faitcoeur (author)  rmgb10 months ago
Very nice !
I think you are canadian... ;-)
Do you allow me to put it on my website ? (can you give your nickname ?)
Yes, I'm Canadian. :) Yes, please put it on your website! Everyone calls me "Ray."

Also, I created an Excel spreadsheet to make it easier for me. It tells you the page number to fold, and the exact cm to start and end when folding.
Faitmain-Faitcoeur (author)  rmgb10 months ago
You can see your Maple leaf in the post and in the gallery.

Keep enjoy folding !

poofrabbit11 months ago
Hey congratulations on being a finalist in the weekend projects contest!
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