When looking at your proofs, take notice of the markings that we use on our templates. These show how the piece will be cut in the print shop.
Bleed is extending any color, photo, or design elements past the cut line. Bleed gives the print shop a margin of error when trimming, so that if the cut is a little off, the white of the paper won’t show along the edge.
Crop Marks show the print shop where to trim the pieces.
Safety Margins shows the outermost edge of where we can place important elements. If you put important information such as a song title or an important part of a photo right up against the crop line, some of it may get cut off. For that reason we keep type and other important elements within the safety, 1/8” inside the crop marks.