Commerical printing presses are not able to print ink all the way to the edge of the paper. To allow your artwork to bleed off the edge, we print out artwork that is 1/8" bigger on each side and cut the piece down to size. Seeing your artwork mocked up with both Bleed and Safety for the first time can be odd. "Why do I have all this wasted space," you ask. No worries, your final trimmed and packaged piece will look completely normal.
Trim Size: The final size of your prints once the the press sheet is trimmed down. On a standard leaf of letter paper, the Trim is 8.5 x 11".
Bleed: The 1/8" of extra print area that's needed to allow us to cut down to your Trim Size. Since this area is being trimmed off, you do not want anything important in your Bleed, like, logos or text. The Bleed on a standard leaf of letter paper is 8.75 x 11.25".
Safety: The area where you need to keep important elements, like, logos or text. During printing and trimming, paper can shift, expand or contract up to a combined 1/8". Keeping everything important within the Safety Area will ensure that your prints look professional. The Safety on a standard leaf of letter paper is 8.25 x 10.75".