What are crop marks?
Crop Marks are the lines placed on the corners of a piece of artwork to indicate where the paper should be trimmed after printing. Crop marks are important, especially if the design will bleed.
What is bleed?
To have bleed on your artwork means that the printed design extends on all edges of your artwork. Bleed is typically required to extend 3mm or more past the crop marks. This means that when the document is trimmed, the design goes to the edge of the page. During the printing process, you can get some movement of the sheet. If there is no bleed, the likelihood of having a white strip on the edge of the finished product is high.
Even if your artwork does not bleed it still needs to be trimmed to size so will require crop marks to indicate the final trimmed size. Depending on the software you are using to create your artwork, both crop marks and bleed should be easy to set up. If you are struggling to set them up, don't hesitate to call us and we will try and assist you.
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