Cut and Fold Techniques for Pop-Up Designs

Author(s): Paul Jackson


Introducing techniques for making pop-ups from one sheet of card, the third title in this series on paper engineering takes folding techniques into the third dimension.

Each chapter introduces a new technical idea and show how that technique can be adapted in many different ways, or combined with techniques from earlier chapters. These 3-D techniques can be incorporated into any design where typography and/ or illustration are used, including mail-shots, personal publicity, invitations, business cards, and greetings cards. With their emphasis on surface design over complex cutting, the pop-ups have an instant appeal for designers.

Following the elegant, easy-to-follow style of Paul Jackson's other titles for Laurence King, Cut and Fold Techniques for Pop-Up Designs is an essential resource for marketing professionals and design students.


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Paul Jackson is the author of over 30 books on paper arts and crafts and three on pop-ups. He has taught the techniques of folding on more than 150 university-level design courses in the UK, Germany, Belgium, the US, Canada and Israel and been a 'folding consultant' for companies such as Nike and Siemens.

Ch 1 Before You Start 1.1 How to Use the Book; 1.2 What is a Pop-up?; 1.3 How to Cut and Fold; 1.3.1 Cutting; 1.3.2 Folding; 1.4 Equipment; 1.5 Choosing Card; 1.6 Software 1.7 Symbols; 1.8 How to Make a Pop-up; 1.8.1 First, Make a Rough; 1.8.2 Make It Well; 1.8.3 How to Fold a Pop-up Ch 2 Basic Pop-up Forms 2.1 What Makes a Pop-up 'Pop'?; 2.2 Symmetrical Pop-ups; 2.2.1 Basic Construction 2.2.2 'Three and One' Variations; 2.2.3 'Two and Two' Variations; 2.3 Asymmetrical Pop-ups; 2.3.1 Basic Construction; 2.3.2 Asymmetrical Variations; 2.4 Which Way Up, Which Way Around? Ch 3 Developing the Basics 3.1 Taking the Cut for a Walk; 3.2 The Shape of the Card; 3.3 Pop-up Size vs Card Size; 3.4 Non-parallel Folds; 3.4.1 Not Parallel to the Edge; 3.4.2 Converging Folds: Symmetrical; 3.4.3 Converging Folds: Asymmetrical Ch 4 Releasing the Folded Edge 4.1 The 'Fold to Fold' Cut; 4.1.1 The Basic Technique; 4.1.2 Applying the Technique 4.1.3 Multiple Cuts; 4.1.4 The Pop-up Size; 4.2 The 'Fold to Edge' Cut; 4.2.1 Cuts to the Side Edge; 4.2.2 Cuts to the Top and Bottom Edges; 4.2.3 Cuts to Any Edge; 4.3 Piercing the Plane; 4.3.1 Half Construction; 4.3.2 Full Construction; 4.3.3 No Wings Ch 5 Multiple Gutters and Generations 5.1 Multiple Gutters; 5.1.1 Two Gutters; 5.1.2 More than Two Gutters; 5.2 Generations; 5.2.1 A Theory of Generations; 5.2.2 Two Generations; 5.2.3 Asymmetric Generations; 5.2.4 Asymmetric Angle Generations; 5.2.5 Opposing Generations Create Your Own Pop-ups Acknowledgements

General Fields

  • : 9781780673271
  • : Laurence King Publishing
  • : Laurence King Publishing
  • : March 2014
  • : February 2014
  • : books

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  • : Paul Jackson
  • : Paperback
  • : 128