Bleed and safety margin


Bleed and Safety Margins are an important consideration in your design. The best way to set up your artwork is using our artwork templates, these show the bleed area required and safety margin.

Safety Margin

All important text and graphics should be away from the trim line to avoid being trimmed due to slight shifts that may occur during the production process.

We recommend a safety margin of 0.125 inches.

Safety Margin can also be defined in InDesign by defining the document “Margins and Columns” when creating your document (or Layout > Margins and Columns). In Illustrator and Photoshop, you will have to set up these guides in the document.

This helps to avoid having your objects look as if they are about to fall off the page and ensures they are not trimmed off.


While the Safety Margin is inside the trim line, bleed is the artwork that extends past the trim line. Read our FAQ “What is Bleed”.
We require 0.125 inches of bleed on all sides of your design.


Download our Standard Business Card Template here.


See also: How to calculate bleed and safety margin

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