bleed before and after trimmingThe left side of the graphic shows a document designed with bleed (finished size plus an extra .125″ on each side). Minor variations in position can occur throughout the printing process. That’s why design elements should stay .125″ away from the trim edge and inside the “safety zone”.

The right side shows what can happen when design elements are outside the safety zone. Note the last “e” in “Example” has been partially cut off.