Business cards are SO small that it can be difficult to design them knowing exactly how they will turn out in the end. However, Heritage Makers has put out some KEY TIPS to making sure that your business cards turn out JUST RIGHT:
Business Cards–Design Guidelines
Bleed, Safe Area and Crop Marks explained. . .
Safe Area. Imagine an area about 1/8-inch inside the bleed area (for demonstration purposes here, we’ve designated it with dotted lines). Make sure any text or key art elements are within the safe area, otherwise they could get cut off.
Crop Marks/Trim. This is where we aim to cut your cards.
Bleed Area. We cut the bleed area off your cards to avoid white strips on the edge. Make sure any images or colors fill this area.
TIP #1 Make sure your text and important details are inside the safe area, otherwise they may get cut off.
TIP #2 Make sure your images/colors/background art extends through the FULL bleed. Otherwise, your cards might have ugly white areas.
TIP #3 Sadly, the use of borders can result in lopsided cards, and we wouldn’t want that
—so avoid them where possible.
Just remember these handy tips and you’ll be HAPPY with all the business cards you publish with Heritage Makers.