Safe areas when designing

Production Tips & Tricks

You know the signs on the back of dump trucks and fire tucks “Stay back 500 feet”? Well, something similar applies to printing.

Those trucks have safe zones behind them and we have a safe zone in printing. That printing safe zone suggests that you keep important text and graphics at least an 1/8th of an inch away from the trim or fold edges of your piece.

We suggest this safe zone so when your piece is undergoing bindery operations your important information won’t get trimmed or folded. We do our best to cut and fold on the marks, but there is always a margin of error and that tends to be about + or – a 1/16th of an inch. So by having a 1/8th inch safe zone, you’re assured your text and graphics won’t get cut off.

It’s a simple rule to remember and apply when you begin your design, it is much harder to correct once your piece is printed.

If you have any questions about safe areas and how close you can get to the edge, please talk to your sales person or CSR. They will be more than happy to answer your questions.

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