Bleeds are required in all artwork with an image extending to one of the borders. Add a quarter inch (0.125") to each side to allow for cutting. For example, for a 4” x 6” postcard with full bleed, the image size should be submitted at 4.25” x 6.25” (red box).
0.125" (1/8”) on each edge of the card will be trimmed off during the cutting process. This will leave you a 4” x 6” standard post card (black box).
Your type (text) should be 0.125" (1/8”) inside the cut box on each side. This will guarantee your text to not be cut off from your artwork (blue box).
We require a bleed area and safe margin to allow us to print and cut your printed items. A minimum of 0.125" bleed is needed with a 0.125 to 0.1875" safe area minimum.

Using border in Artwork: The cutting process for printed materials has a mechanical tolerance of about 0.0625 or 1/16 of an inch. When using a border in your artwork, it is essential that your design use at least 0.25 or 1/4 of an inch of white space from your border to the cut line to maintain a symmetric appearance. 

Correct artwork: File has bleed to outer marks. Red line is where we cut. Background will print to edge. No text is inside the safe area (marked in blue)