What exactly is Bleed, Safety Margins and Trimming?

Reny Tham 2020-09-15 07:41:26




Before we explain about the different margins, it is essential for us to understand about trimming. All products have to undergo trimming to achieve its final desired size. During the trimming process, 0.5 - 1mm cutting variation (industrial standard is 1-2 mm ) is very common. This is why we would advise not having important information to close to the edge, and avoid having borders / frames in your design.
What is Cut Line / Finished Size?
This is the finished product size you will receive from us. The Cut Line is represented by the white border in the Toy Story illustration below.
  • A4 Size: 210 x 297mm

What is Bleed?
The purpose of bleed is to make sure the product does not have white edges, which may occur during the trimming process. We therefore recommend that you extend the background in the bleed. This way, if the pile of paper shifts a bit before cutting, you will see the color of the background instead of the white border. The Bleed Line is represented by the red border in the Toy Story illustration below, with 3mm margin
  • Width: 210mm + 3mm Left + 3mmm Right = 216mm
  • Length: 297mm + 3mm Left + 3mmm Right = 303mm

What is Safety Margin?
Likewise for any important content (text and graphics), it should be placed away from the edge (or trim line) to avoid being trimmed due to the unavoidable shifts that may occur during the production process. The Safety Line is represented by the green border in the Toy Story illustration below, with 3mm margin from the Cut Line.
  • Width: 210mm - 3mm Left - 3mmm Right = 204mm
  • Length: 297mm - 3mm Left - 3mmm Right = 291mm
We recommend to always use our artwork templates, this assures you that the file always has the proper layout. To know the bleed and safety margins required, we have ready-template files for your use in each of the product page under the 'Files' tab.