Sunday, July 8, 2012

Business Cards--Design Guidelines

Bleed, Safe Area and Crop Marks explained. . .

Safe Area. Make sure any text or sensitive information is contained in the box, otherwise it could get cut off. PLEASE NOTE: Currently there is no safe area designation (with dotted lines) in the Studio Editor. Consider the safe area to be about 1/8-inch to the inside of the bleed area.

Crop Marks/Trim. This is where we aim to cut your cards.

Bleed Area. We cut the bleed area off your cards to avoid white strips on the edge. Make sure any images or colors fill this area.

TIP #1 Make sure your text and important details is inside the safe area, otherwise it may get cut off.

TIP #2 Make sure your images/colors/background art extends through the FULL bleed. Otherwise, your cards might have ugly white areas.

TIP #3 Sadly, the use of borders can result in lopsided cards, and we wouldn’t want that—so avoid them where possible.

Just remember these handy tips and you’ll be HAPPY with all the business cards you publish with Heritage Makers.

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