Business Card Crop Marks

Crop marks, also known as trim marks, are lines printed in the corners of your publication’s sheet or sheets of paper to show the printer where to trim the paper. They are used by commercial printers for creating bleeds where an image or color on the page needs to extend all the way to the edge of the paper. Printers generally can’t actually print to the very edge of the paper, so instead they print on a larger sheet of paper and then trim it down to the correct size, and crop marks are used to define where to trim. So, to print crop marks, you must print on a paper size that is larger than the page size you have set for your publication.

Open Illustrator

Go To File New, use the specs below to set up your document.

You are going to add a BLEED (that means the ink will run off the edge of the paper.Screen Shot 2016-01-26 at 8.48.04 AM.png

Then you design your card:

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You can use whatever information is appropriate for you. This will be printed so think about what might be useful on a card.

Using the rectangle tool Screen Shot 2016-01-20 at 9.13.53 AM.png drag a box stretches to cover to the artboard, if you want a colored background fill it with a color, if you want a white background fill it with white.Screen Shot 2016-01-26 at 8.59.37 AM.png

With that box selected go to Effect – Crop Marks

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If you have a bleed with a color use the rectangle tool and create a second rectangle that stretches to the red bleed line. Screen Shot 2016-01-26 at 8.56.42 AM.png

Right click and choose Arrange – Send to back

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Don’t forget to embed images and create outlines of fonts if necessary.

Go to Select ALL – Copy and move onto 10UP project


By michelleesoto Posted in VCOM388

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