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Bleed and Safe Area for Print

Bleed and Safe Area for PrintOne of the biggest issues we have with jobs we print is the cropping. Most of the attention is placed on the design many simply forget about the technical part of design.

Hopefully, today’s blog post can help demystify the cropping issue.

All bleed needs to be .125” on all sides so the final size will be 8.75” x 11.25”. Same with safe area just the other way (8.25” x 10.75”).

There are three separate areas you need to keep in mind when giving us a file for print:

  1. Bleed area
  2. Cut line
  3. Safety line

The bleed area is everything around the cutline which will get cut out. We need the bleed area because it gives us some wiggle room when cutting down the printed material. So be sure there isn’t any vital information in that area!

The Cutline is where the actual cut will take place. This line is what we’re targeting but cutting down printed material isn’t an exact science which is why we need the bleed area.

The safety line means exactly what it says. It’s where your artwork and type will be safe.

We’ve included a few samples to help demonstrate the cutting process.

Here’s a sample of our 8.75 x 11.25 template:


Click to view sample

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email or call the friendly King Tut Printing staff at or (818) 884-7046.


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