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.
After opening up your file, please click on “Document Setup”.
This will open a new window, where you can set the Bleed to 3 mm on all sides of the artwork.
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.
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.
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.
Then, click OK to create the rectangle. Next, you should centre it on the artboard. For this, go to the Window > Align.
In the upper right corner of this window, click on More Options and then select “Show Options”.
Then, click on Align To: and select the option Align to 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.
While selecting the rectangle, right click anywhere on the screen 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.