Trim, Bleed and Safe Zone

What is the ‘trim’?

Trim, Bleed & Safe Zone Explained

The trim is where we remove the ‘bleed’ and cut your artwork to its final size.

What is the ‘safe zone’?

Trim, Bleed & Safe Zone Explained

The safe zone is the area inside the trim that will be kept clear from guillotine blades, so text or sensitive information should be kept within this area. We require a 2mm ’safe zone’ inside the ’trim’ on all edges, failing to do so may result in design elements being cut off.

What is bleed?

Trim, Bleed & Safe Zone Explained

The ‘bleed' is the area of the design that will be trimmed off when your artwork is cut to its final size. All elements of your design that extend past the ‘trim’ are said to ‘bleed’ off.

The ‘bleeds’ purpose is to make sure your design reaches past the finished ‘trim’ by 3mm on all edges so that you don’t see any unsightly white edges on your final product.

What if I can’t supply my artwork with bleed?

If you’re unsure whether your design application will allow you to add bleed then please contact us; we may be able to advise you how to resolve this.

If it’s not possible for you to supply your artwork with bleed, we may be able to add it for you, although this could be subject to an artwork charge.

Applications such as Microsoft Word, PowerPoint or Photoshop do not have the functionality to add bleed, so you will need to make page size / canvas size 3mm bigger on all edges if bleed is required. This 3mm will then be trimmed at printing.