Safe Area

This area is within the trim where any important parts of your design (like text, photos, logos) should be kept, otherwise, it may be cut off

Trim

The actual size of your print piece is referred to as the trim size. Trim sizes are generally within 0.0625” of the final size

Bleed

This is the area outside of the trim line that will get cut off. A bleed makes sure that your design reaches all the way to the edge of the print. When trimmed way, the bleed will prevent any white edges

Bleed

Whether you’re using a photo or a solid color, you’ll want the background of your design to extend through and fill the bleed area. This makes sure that your design reaches all the way to the edge of the print when trimmed and will prevent any white edges. We recommend a 0.125” bleed on each side of your artwork. For example, a 5”x7” final size card would need to be 5.25”x7.25” to accommodate a bleed graphic.

When using photos, make sure there is plenty of extra space around the focal point of the image, so the unimportant part of the photo can fill the bleed area and the important part is in the safe area. We don’t want anyone’s head to get cut off.

 

Safe Area 

To keep all the important information on your print, you’ll need to make sure all essential text and parts of images are kept within the safe area. The safe area is placed 0.375” from the trim line and we recommend providing a little extra room for your design to breath inside the safe area, just in case. 

 

Border Recommendations 

We recommend avoiding borders because they can come out lopsided or uneven. If you want to use a border, we recommend extending it at least 0.125” within the safe area. This will make sure that any inaccuracy during the cutting process is less noticeable on the final product.