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Setting bleed and margins in your Artwork

To achieve optimal print results please make sure that all your artwork files have sufficient bleed and safety margin. The safety margin ensures that there is no cut out from the artwork, while the bleed ensures that there are no white borders on the printed product. To make your life easier we provide a range of templates which are setup with the correct bleed and safety margins. To download them just click on the "Templates" tab on the respective product page.


Set-up Bleed


After opening up your file, please click on “Document Setup”.

Click Document Setup to open a new window

This will open a new window, where you can set the Bleed to 3 mm on all sides of the artwork.

Set bleed to 3mm for your file

After pressing Ok, a red line around the artboard will indicate how far your graphical elements have to bleed over to reach a sufficient bleed of 3 mm.

Without bleed, important information can get cut off With bleed, all the information in your file is safe

Set-up Safety Margins

To show safety margins in Adobe Illustrator, you have to use the following work-around, as safety margins are not supported by default in Adobe Illustrator. First, select the “Rectangle Tool" and click anywhere on the screen.

Select the rectangle tool to create a rectangle

This opens a new window, where you can input the rectangle dimensions. Set the size of the rectangle to be 6 mm less wide, and 6 mm less high than the artwork, to ensure a safety margin of 3 mm on all pages. For example, if your business cards have a format of 90 mm x 55 mm, please set the rectangle size to 84 mm x 49 mm.

Set rectangle size to 6mm less in width and 6mm less in height than your artwork

Then, click OK to create the rectangle. Next, you should centre it on the artboard. For this, go to the Window > Align.

To align the rectangle on your artwork, select Align

In the upper right corner of this window, click on More Options and then select “Show Options”.

Click Show Options for further alignment options

Then, click on Align To: and select the option Align to Artboard.

The rectangle needs to be aligned to your artboard

You can then easily align the rectangle to the center of the artboard by clicking the “Horizontal Align Centers” icon and the “Vertical Align Centers” icon.

Select Horizontal Align Center and Vertical Align Center

While selecting the rectangle, right click anywhere on the screen and select ‘Make Guides’.

Right click anywhere and select Make Guides

Bleed and safety margins are now set properly. Please ensure that all graphic elements extend to the red border, and no important information is between the red border and the turquoise border, as this information could get lost during the cutting process.

You are now set to go