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Printing Borders

When cutting many sheets at one time by machine, cuts may shift up to 1/8" of an inch. When borders are designed and printed too close to the cut line, it is very common for the final print product to look uneven. The closer the border is to the cut line, the greater the chance of the print product looking uneven.

 

Because of this, we recommend either you don't design with borders or that if you do, the borders should be at least 1/4" inside each cut line or 3/8" inside each bleed line.

 

check file requirements to submit high quality file for print Good example: the border is at least 1/4" inside from the cut line or at least 3/8" inside from the bleed line

Here is what the file including the bleed looks like. This image also shows guidelines of where the bleed line, cut line, and safety lines are to show you where the border should be.

good border on file for print with guidelines

Here is what the file including the bleed should look like (without guidelines).

good border on file

Here is what the print looks like.

good border on final print with bleed cut off

check file requirements to submit high quality file for print Good example: the border is at least 1/4" inside from the cut line or at least 3/8" inside from the bleed line

Here is what the file including the bleed looks like. This image also shows guidelines of where the bleed line, cut line, and safety lines are to show you where the border should be.

good border on file for print with guidelines

Here is what the file including the bleed should look like (without guidelines).

good border on file for print

Here is what the print looks like.

good border on print

check file requirements to submit high quality file for print

Bad example: border is less than 1/4" inside from the cut line or less than 3/8" inside from the bleed line

Here is what the file including the bleed looks like. This image also shows guidelines of where the bleed line, cut line, and safety lines are to show you where the border should be.

bad border on file for print with guidelines

Here is what the file including the bleed should look like (without guidelines).

bad border on file for print

Here is what the print should look like, but because cuts may shift up to 1/8" of an inch when cutting many sheets at one time by machine, the final product usually doesn't have an even border like this.

bad border on print

Here is what the print usually looks like. When borders are designed and printed too close to the cut line, it is very common for the final print product to look uneven. The closer the border is to the cut line, the greater the chance of the print product looking uneven.

bad border may print unevenly

check file requirements to submit high quality file for print Bad example: border is less than 1/4" inside from the cut line or less than 3/8" inside from the bleed line

Here is what the file including the bleed looks like. This image also shows guidelines of where the bleed line, cut line, and safety lines are to show you where the border should be.

bad border on file for print with guidelines

Here is what the file including the bleed should look like (without guidelines).

bad border on file for print

Here is what the print should look like, but because cuts may shift up to 1/8" of an inch when cutting many sheets at one time by machine, the final product usually doesn't have an even border like this.

bad border on print

Here is what the print usually looks like. When borders are designed and printed too close to the cut line, it is very common for the final print product to look uneven. The closer the border is to the cut line, the greater the chance of the print product looking uneven.

bad border may print unevenly


HOW DO I DO THIS?

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