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Apply crop marks and bleed

Use crop marks and bleed to ensure there are no white spaces around your professionally printed design.

When a design is sent to a professional printer, it is printed on a large sheet of paper and then trimmed down to your selected size. Crop marks can be added to your design to indicate where to trim the paper. Sometimes the printer can be slightly misaligned, leading to white spaces appearing around your printed design.

To ensure a design has a clean, solid color all the way to the edges, you can extend your design to the area which will be cut. This extra color is called the bleed area. The bleed size in a Canva design is set at 5 millimeters (about 1/5 of an inch) beyond the edge of the design’s crop marks.

To apply crop marks and bleed on your design:

  1. Extend your design elements, that touch the page edge, slightly past the canvas.
  2. Click on the Download or the white down arrow button (found between the Share and Publish buttons) in the editor’s menu bar.
  3. Select the PDF Print file type. 
  4. Tick on the Crop marks and bleed checkbox.
  5. Click Download. If your design has premium elements, you will be asked to pay for it first.

note: Crop marks and bleed size in Canva are fixed and cannot be adjusted.

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