Learn How to Create Your Files With Correct Dimensions
Where to Find the Dimensions of Your Product
We are providing file specifications for each product on our website below the product calculator and in the shopping cart next to the upload panel.
Final & Bleed Size
Generally there are two file dimensions you need to take care of. FIrst, the final dimensions are the size in which the product will be delivered. Second, the bleed dimensions are defining the size in which you’ll need to create your print file. These dimensions are larger since they include the bleed which will be trimmed off after printing.
For example, if you choose to order a product with the final format 8.5’’ x 11’’, your file should have the dimensions 8.7’’ x 11.2” including a 0.1” bleed on all four edges.
The Bleed Will Be Trimmed Off
The bleed margin is important to avoid thin white edges on your printed product caused by a certain tolerance of the trimming machine. Usually this bleed will be trimmed off completely, thus, it should not include any text or otherwise important design elements. To prevent a white border being visible on the edges, please fill the bleed with the background color or image of your design.
Don't Place Text Close to the Edge
Additionally, it is recommended to keep a security distance to the inside of the final format, usually 1/12” or more. We recommend this for aesthetic purposes because it will look more professional if text is placed with proper spacing, rather than stuck to the edge of the printed product.
Export to PDF
The pdf file format takes care of the different dimensions and bleed settings by including invisible page boxes into the file. Those boxes are by default turned off but can be switched on through the preferences panel of Acrobat Reader.
When exporting to pdf from a professional software, ensure the bleed settings are taken over from the document by enabling the according box in the export settings. Those boxes will then be created automatically and our file check system will be able to detect them in your file.