And here’s the final result! There aren’t any white edges around the final product, and the printed area still contains all of the content that I actually wanted to keep.
On certain projects, such as posters, big checks, yard signs and other graphics-heavy products, this can be as simple as extending your background colors beyond the actual print area. A good rule of thumb is to set up your file to be just a quarter inch larger than your final desired size.
Keep in mind, however, that narrow borders of solid color present their own problems for the same reasons. Layouts that are designed with a border less than eighth of an inch thick might look thinner on some sides, and wider on others. Our hand-crafted products need some wiggle room, even with the help of machines.
To help a border look more visually even, it should have a final thickness of half an inch, in addition to any Bleed.