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All files must incorporate a 1/8" bleed on all four sides.

"Bleed" is a printing term used to indicate the area that will be trimmed off after the job is printed and cut down to the finished size. Since the bleed extends 1/8" all around the card, your document set-up should be 1/4" taller (1/8" on top and 1/8" on the bottom) and 1/4" wider (1/8" on the left and 1/8" on the right) than the finished size of the card. The chart below indicates what the document set-up should be for a particular finished size.

If Your Card Is a

Business Card (2" x 3.5")

3" x 3"

3" x 4"

4" x 4"

4" x 6"

Your Document Set-Up Should be:

2.25" x 3.75"

3.25" x 3.25"

3.25" x 4.25"

4.25" x 4.25"

4.25" x 6.25"

for each side

If Your Card Is a

5" x 5"

5" x 7"

6" x 6"

6" x 8"

6" x 9"

8.5" x 11"

11" x 17"

13" x 19"

Your Document Set-Up Should be:

5.25" x 5.25"

5.25" x 7.25"

6.25" x 6.25"

6.25" x 8.25"

6.25" x 9.25"

8.75" x 11.25"

11.25" x 17.25"

13.25" x 19.25"

Since the bleed area will be trimmed off during the cutting process, there can be no text or other important information in the bleed area. Furthermore, requires an additional 1/8" safety margin. Although the background image, photo or texture used on the card must match the document set-up in the chart above, all your text and important information must be contained in the live area (see example below). The distance between the live area and the edge of the card is 1/4" (1/8" bleed which will be cut-off, and 1/8" safety margin).

Yes, that's right!

Correct document set-up:


1/8" added on all four sides.


All text and Important elements must be within the dotted yellow line.


Final size. No text or Important elements near here.

No Good!

Incorrect document set-up:

The left side of the picture will show white (the background image must extend PAST the SOLID PINK line as it does on the top, right and bottom)s
In the above example, the text "Gaby" will get partially cut off.

"BLEED": printing term used when ink prints to the edge of the page. If your job 'bleeds', you must add 1/8", or .125", bleed on all four sides. This .125" will be trimmed off after the job is printed and cut down to final trim size.

Be aware that text or images too close to the TRIM LINE (shown in SOLID PINK) will be cut off. Make sure that your background image extends 1/8" past the TRIM LINE.

In the above illustration, the background image needs to extend to the BLUE LINE. Be sure to extend the background image to bleed or the white of the paper may show in the final cut down product.

The chart above indicates what the document set-up should be for a particular finished size.

If you have any questions regarding proper setup for your order,
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