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Cutting Tolerance

Cutting tolerance is the slight variation that occurs when online printing projects are cut down to size. Smartpress recommends a cutting tolerance of 0.125″ for our online printing services, meaning the trim line can vary by up to 0.125″. Anything that comes within 0.125″ of the edge of the cut line could potentially be cut off. Text or other elements you want to ensure are not trimmed away must be placed more than 0.125″ away from the expected edge of the design. (see the Bleeds and Borders page for more help).

Document Setup and Cutting Tolerance

The image below shows considerations for setting up your document. Please note that if your project has artwork going to the edge, a 0.125″ bleed is needed.

Cutting Tolerance Before Trim

Below, the dotted line represents the intended document boundaries. The solid pink line represents the cutting tolerance and shows how it can vary by 0.125″. Essential elements should not be closer than 0.125″ from the edge to allow for laser cutting tolerance.

Cutting Tolerance After Trim

Sticker Printing – Circle Options

The image below shows considerations for circular sticker printing. Please note that with full-bleed artwork, a 0.125″ bleed is needed for an online printer.

Circular Cutting Tolerance Before Trim

Below, the dotted line represents the intended document boundaries. The solid pink line represents the cutting tolerance and shows how it can vary by 0.125″. Essential elements should not be closer than 0.125″ from the edge to allow for cutting tolerance.

Circular Cutting Tolerance After Trim

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