Without a doubt the most common mistake in supplied artwork is missing off the bleed area. Often miss understood and generally the source of confusion for many designers just starting out in preparing artwork for print.
We require all artwork to include a bleed area to allow for the tolerance of our guillotines. We recommend that all elements in your artwork intended to go to the very edge of your finished job should extend a further 3mm beyond the edge.
We also advise a safe zone of 5mm around the edge of your finished page size for text or images not included in the bleed. This will avoid text being cut off if there is any movement in the sheets while cutting.
Bleed areas can be set in design software such as Adobe Indesign and Illustrator in the document setup but remember to include this bleed area when saving your pdf file!
If you are still unsure about setting up your document correctly please see our template downloads area where we have ready made templates available for all of our major product sizes. Custom templates are available on request.