The principles of bleed and cut margin can be applied to any product.  By following these examples, you can help ensure print ready files.  Examples of what NOT to do are also included.  

The following are Good file set up examples.

1.) Set overall file size to 0.25" larger than your desired finished size.  For example, for a 4" x 6" postcard, make the artwork 4.25" x 6.25"

Bleed canvas-nographic
Bleed example - graphic

2.) Note where the cut line is located. Graphics and/or text you don't want purposely trimmed should be at least 1/8" inside of this line.

Example - cut line

3.) This is a visual example of how it will look after trimmed.

Example - trimmed

The following are bad file set up examples.

Setting up files without bleed and cut margin will delay your product.

1.) This is an example of a file setup with bleed but without cut margin. Notice where the text is.

Example - no cut margin
2.) After a file without proper cut margin is trimmed, there will be important text and/or graphics missing.

Example - cut margin removed
3.) All premium products require both bleed and cut margin. Notice that this graphic is only 4" x 6" instead of 4.25" x 6.25".
Example - No Bleed_Cut margin

You can find detailed file setup instructions in text format by following this link: FILE SETUP