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The size is right

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If you’re supplying your own design for printing with us, it’€™s very important that you set your page size correctly. If you don’€™t, parts of your design may be chopped off, look off-centre, or have areas of undesired white space. Here’€™s what to do:

  1. Locate the product size you’€™re interested in below.
  2. Make a note of the Page Size. This is the size you should set your page on your document.
  3. Add a black (100K) Page Frame (0.25pt -€“ approx. 0.1mm).
  4. Now look at the Trim Size. You’€™ll see that this is 3mm smaller on both dimensions. This difference is known as the ‘bleed’ -€“ 1.5mm on all four sides -€“ that’€™s approximately where our automated guillotines will make their cuts. The bleed allows for any small variations in this cutting.
  5. To remind yourself where the cuts will be made, you could add some guidelines 1.5mm in from each edge on your document.
  6. See the example on the previous page. For a business card, you’€™d set your page size as 88x58mm. We’€™ll trim down to approximately 85x55mm. No objects must extend beyond the page size -€“ use the ‘€˜paste inside’, ‘€˜clip’€™, or ‘€˜crop’€™ tool.
  7. Finally, it’€™s good practice to leave a ‘€˜Quiet Zone’€™ of 4mm (10mm for Booklets and Posters) from the trim edge (that’€™s 5.5mm or 11.5mm from the page edge). The same goes for any folds or creases. Avoid placing any important objects such as text or logos within this quiet zone. This will make your job look more professional and ensure objects don’€™t look like they’€™re about to fall off the edge.

Common print sizes