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Bleeds & Safety Margins

Cutting Tolerance: “Cutting tolerance” refers to the slight variation that may occur between the printed image and the actual location of the cut. Our cutting tolerance is 1/16” (0.0625”), meaning the cut line can shift up, down, left, or right by as much as 1/16” compared to the printed image. Consequently, anything within 1/16” of the label’s edge could potentially be trimmed off. To safeguard text or other essential elements from being unintentionally trimmed, ensure they are positioned more than 1/16” away from the anticipated edge of the label.

What is a bleed?

A bleed is the printing that extends beyond the edge of a label after cutting. It constitutes the background that will be trimmed off after the label is printed and cut to size. The purpose of a bleed is to prevent any gaps in the background between the edge of the printed area and the cut line due to the cutting tolerance, which is 1/16” (0.0625”). We recommend a bleed of 0.1” to account for this tolerance and ensure a seamless finish.

What is a Safety Margin?

Similar to a bleed, the “margin” refers to the area inside the label that falls within the cutting tolerance. It is crucial to avoid placing critical information or design elements within the inside margin, as they could be lost due to the cutting tolerance. The recommended inner margin is also 0.1”. In case your label design incorporates a border, it should have a thickness of at least 0.2” to ensure consistent borders on all sides. The thickness of the border is significant because a too-thin border may appear uneven after cutting. A thicker border minimizes the likelihood of perceived unevenness post-cutting.