Setting Up Your Print File

Below are some examples of how to set up your print file so that it’s easiest for us to get the best quality for your prints.

What is Bleed?

Bleeds are any elements that run off the edge of the print area and beyond the trim line.


What is Safe Zone?

Safe zone is .25″ gap between the artwork and trim line.

Adding bleeds to your document

For this tutorial, we are going to create a standard business card design (3.5in x 2in) with bleed.





Adding Bleeds with Design Software

Adobe Illustrator

  1. Open Illustrator and click File > New…

  2. Under bleed, enter .125″ bleed dimensions on each sides

  3. Make sure to set the Color Mode to CMYK

  4. Set Raster Effect at High (300ppi)

    Setting up file with bleeds

  5. Click OK


Adobe InDesign

  1. Open InDesign and click File > New…

  2. Set your document size

  3. Under Margin, enter .25″ on each side (this will be your Safe Zone guide)

  4. Under Bleed and Slug, enter .125″ on each side

    adding bleeds in indesign

  5. Click OK


Adobe Photoshop

  1. Open Photoshop and click File > New…

  2. Set your document size. In this case it will be Width: 3.5 and Height: 2


  3. Make sure that rulers are displayed. Under View > Rulers

  4. Click on the ruler and drag a guide to the edge of the document


  5. Click Image > Canvas Size, enter Width: 3.75 and Height: 2.25


  6. Click OK



Click on the template size(s) that you would like to download (in .eps format).

Business Cards


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