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Full-color edge-to-edge printing (Full Bleed Printing) gives your printed materials an impressive look only a professional printshop can offer and its easy to achieve by following a few simple guidelines.

If you are just starting your design, we offer a wide variety of product templates with these guidelines already set-up for you.

Cut Line

The cut line is where your product will be trimmed to, once the bleed area is removed. But please remember, due to cutting tolerances of printing, the cut may shift up to 1/16 of an inch in any direction.

Safe Area

A safe area is a margin within the cut line which will prevent text or type from being cut off. It is imperative that no text or essential parts of your artwork come within 1/8" of the trim line. Due to mechanical tolerance during the cutting process, any content within 1/8" of the trim line may be cut off.

Bleed Area

A bleed area is when an image extends beyond the cut line of the printed product. If your image is not white on all four sides, you MUST include an extra 1/8" (.125") to each side of the file. This allows for that extra 1/8" (0.125") on each side of the card to be trimmed after the printing is complete. For example, if you are ordering a 3.5" x 2" business card, you would set your artwork size to 3.75" x 2.25".

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