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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.

You can apply crop marks and bleed to your downloaded design in two ways, depending on the version of Canva you’re using. Head over to our article about Canva 1.0 and 2.0 to find out which version you’re using.

 

Apply crop marks and bleed (Canva 2.0)


  1. Extend your design slightly past the canvas.
  2. Click on the Publish button from the menu bar.
  3. Select the PDF Print file type.
  4. Tick on the Crop marks and bleed checkbox.
  5. Press Download. If your design has premium elements, you will be asked to pay for it first.

Apply crop marks and bleed (Canva 1.0)


  1. Extend your design slightly past the canvas.
  2. Click on the Download button from the menu bar.
  3. Select the PDF – Print file type.
  4. Tick on the Crop marks and bleed checkbox.
  5. Press Download. If your design has premium elements, you will be asked to pay for it first.

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