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Margins, bleed, and crop marks

Get professional-looking results when downloading for printing or when ordering prints, by effectively using margins, bleed, and crop marks.

tip: When designing for print, we suggest using CMYK colors to help ensure your design is printer-friendly.


Show margins to help guide you in laying out important design elements for your print design:

  1. Create or open an existing design.
  2. Click File from the menu above the editor.
  3. Select Show margins. A border of broken lines will appear on your design pages.

Keep important design elements inside the margin to make sure they aren’t cut when printed, or when ordering prints.


Adding bleed to your design allows printing to the edge of the paper or card, avoiding white gaps:

  1. Create or open an existing design.
  2. Click File from the menu above the editor.
  3. Select Show print bleed. A border of broken lines will appear close to the edges of your design. This margin is fixed and cannot be adjusted.

If you see white gaps around the design edges, resize or stretch your background to cover them. Stretch elements (that you don’t mind being cut) around the edges as well.

Crop marks

Add crop marks when downloading your design for printing to mark where to trim the paper:

  1. Add bleed to your design (see the previous section).
  2. Click the ⤓ button on the toolbar above the editor.
  3. On the file type dropdown, select PDF Print
  4. Click Crop marks and bleed to tick the checkbox.
  5. Click Download. If you used premium elements, pay for them first. See the second section of the Download designs article for more details.

The size for crop marks is fixed and cannot be adjusted.

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