Full Bleed Printing

Full bleed printing is when your design prints to the edge of the printed piece. When setting up a file for full bleed printing, the file size needs to be 0.25" larger than the cut size. For example, a 4"x6" postcard should be setup with a file size of 4.25"x6.25". You will also need to make sure that all critical text and design elements are moved at least 0.25" from each edge to avoid being cut into or trimmed off during the printing and cutting process.

Below is an example of how to properly setup your file for full bleed printing using a CatPrint design template.

Here is our 4"x6" postcard template: postcard template

This example shows how to use the bleed, cut line and safety line to properly setup your file. As you can see, the design or image must extend through the bleed area. The safety line marks 1/4" from the edge of the file size - your critical text and design elements should not be extended beyond this line.
full bleed correct sample with template

With this proper setup, the printed piece will appear as shown below:
full bleed cropped correct sample

This example shows the incorrect way to use the template. As you can see, the logo extends beyond the safety line and cut line.
full bleed wrong sample with template

This improper setup would result in a printed piece as shown below.
full bleed wrong sample cropped

Our templates are available for download here. If you don't see the template you need, please contact us and we'd be happy to create a custom template for you!

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