Bleed & Crop Marks

Printing jargon can be often times confusing and too technical for us to understand. However, when it comes to getting something printed for your business or place of work, there is no room for errors or confusion. This Blog Entry aims to simplify some commonly used printing terms and make your experience at Copy2Copy easy and satisfying. The first thing you need to do in order for us to get started on your project is to send us a PDF File. Depending on your need and artwork there are many things to consider before sending us your artwork.

The most common mistake we encounter is a lack of bleed or crop lines. This not only impedes us from finishing your order right away it also complicates the job and adds unnecessary time and correspondence that can be avoided with the right information and guidelines. To avoid any errors or imperfections on your project it is important that you take the time to ask your designer to add bleed and crop marks to all your files. If you don’t have a graphic designer, don’t worry, our design team is more than happy to assist you.


Bleed is when an image prints off the edge of the paper. In order for us to have the image trim off the edge of the paper we must start with an image that is slightly larger than the finished trim size. The easiest way to make sure we have enough of the image is to make the picture overlay the document by 1/8 in. i.e. 0.125 in. for example, if your page is 8.5 in. x 11 in. the bleed size is 8.75 in. x 11.25 in. When you make your PDF file it needs to have the bleed included or it will not work. Bleed must extend further then the cut line. Using our Copy2Copy templates can help visualize this. Please keep all your text and anything you do not want cut at least .125 in. away from the cut line. When sending an .eps or .PDF, make sure you include crop marks so we can cut the job correctly.

Below is a visual representation of what Bleed and Cut lines look like on the production end before you see the final product. In order to make sure all your text and graphics appear in the order you intended please pay close attention to following illustration:

Borders on jobs

If the border is too close to the cut line, it may be cut off-center slightly. We cut through many sheets at a time, so watch your borders to avoid an unwanted mistake.

Overprint and how it can ruin your file

Primarily used to intentionally overlap inks for a number of reasons, overprint can cause unexpected results. We suggest that you turn all overprint objects off before submitting your files. Unexpected results may occur if you have accidentally set certain things to overprint.

On almost all orders we like to recommend that the customer look at a printed or PDF Proof of the final product. That way we can ensure that your project is done perfectly and in a timely fashion and meets your standards and requirements.

It is our aim at Copy2Copy to make the whole process as painless as possible and a little proactive effort on your part goes a long way. We appreciate your business and look forward to serving all your printing and copying needs.