Print Margins

If you're wondering what the gray dashed line is in your cookbook designer, it marks the "safe zone" print margin. Best practices on print margins vary by the binding style you order. There are three main concepts: 



Safe Zone: Safe zones are similar to margins - they are there to make sure you leave enough space between the text and the edge of the page. When you design your cookbook, the safe zone is the space inside the gray dashed line.


You wouldn't want any text cut off the page or too close to the edge - because then your cookbook would look sloppy. The safe zone makes sure you have a nice margin even if the edges get cut a little extra in production.

Note: The dotted line does not signify where the page will be cut. Instead, it signifies where the text should end so that there's an appropriate margin.

Note 2: For Recipe/Content pages, it is usually okay if the text goes a little outside the safe zone


Trim: The edge where the page will be cut in production. You cannot see the trim line when you design your cookbook, but it will be somewhere between the safe zone line and the edge.



Bleed: The concept to explain that the image should go past or "bleed" past the trim line so that there are no unusual white borders when the page is trimmed. As a general rule, either make sure the whole image is inside the safe zone OR make sure the whole image extends all the way to the edge. 

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If you only stretch the image to the safe zone line, you would end up with a white border on your cover because the paper is cut above the safe zone. However, this is mainly a concern for Wire-O Soft Covers because hard covers are wrapped rather than cut (more information below).


The Deal With Binding Styles: 


Wire-O Soft Cover and Fundraiser Binding - If you are planning on ordering a Wire-O Soft Cover cookbook, the cover will be printed directly onto softcover paper and trimmed to the right dimensions.This means that you want to design the cover so that the image bleeds all the way to all four corners so that your image takes up the whole cover without any strange white borders. When you are editing your cover: 

  • In Design tab, choose Editor Mode dropdown menu
  • Click Wire-O Soft Cover
  • Click "Fill Image" or Drag your image past the safe zone line all the way to the edges



Hard Cover Styles (Hardback Wire-O, Image Wrap Hard Cover, Ringed Binder) - If you are planning on ordering a hard cover style, keep in mind that the cover image will be printed and then wrapped around the cover like a present. The gray dashed line is often the fold point where the paper will be wrapped around the hard cover. When you are editing your cover: 

  • In Design tab, choose Editor Mode dropdown menu
  • Click your binding style of choice (Hardback Wire-O, Image Wrap Hard Cover, or Ringed Binder)
  • Press the "Fill Image" button for easy fitting


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