Friday, 4 November 2011

Cut Marks or Crop Marks in Desktop Publishing

Is this happened you?
You finished your job in time. Your senior finalize it and you send it for printing. But what happened next? When it comes to printing you have not given crop marks, bleed marks on the PDF or EPS file. Now, your document is printed but there is white space on the corner and your text and design is cut while printing. All this happened because you don't know about bleed and cut marks. It could grab your job. You could be fired if you do so.
In this tutorial you will know about the crop marks or cut marks. When we design any book, brochure, flyer, etc. and we start to create a new document there are lot of options like page size, orientation, bleed, slug, etc.. So while doing this we can set our bleed size, usually we give 2 mm bleed on the top, bottom, right and left.
Now when your document is finished so you will have to tell the printer about bleed area and cut line. To show cut line to printer we give crop marks. 
Image shown below is the example for cut marks. There you can see that on the corners there is black marks. These marks are given for printer to cut the page. We don't spread our cut marks on the bleed area otherwise it does not work well.

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