Printing Bleeds & Safety Zones

When preparing printing files, if you have graphics that extend to the edge of the page, you need to ensure that your document has printing bleeds. Because we cannot cut exactly at the edge of the page, the graphics need to extend past the edge of the page, or bleed off of the page. The excess printing bleeds are then cut off when the document is cut down to the correct finished size.

Thus, you should design your page so it is larger than the finished size of your document. All pages should be designed so that they are 1/8 of an inch larger on each of the four sides of the page. For example, an 8 1/2 x 11 document should be set up as 8 3/4 x 11 1/4 inches, with 1/8 inch added to each of the four sides of the page.

You should also make sure that you allow a safety area between the edge of the page and any text. If text is too close to the edge of the page, there is a chance that it will be cut off when the paper is trimmed to size. Thus, you should make sure that there is at least 1/8 of an inch between text and the edge of your page.

The picture below graphically displays the concepts of printing bleeds and safety zones. If you have any questions or concerns about your files, please call us at 1-800-338-4329, email us at [email protected], or chat with us online.

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