What are cutting tolerances?

When cutting to final format, there can be deviations by up to 0.04 inch. The bleed thus serves as tolerance for possible trimming differences. The differences can also affect the fold or perforation of the print product.

If not specified otherwise, add 0.1 inch of circumferential bleed to your print files. The bleed should not be colorless but have the same color as the design at the final trim edge. For example, (background) elements at the edge of your design should extend into the bleed zone. But make sure that no critical content extends beyond the final trim size because it might be cut off.

We recommend not using creative outlines.

Artwork view: The background design fills the bleed up to the edge of the data format.

Please bear in mind that wire-O bound products such as catalogs may require bigger safety margins.


We recommend not using creative outlines.