Q. How to prepare images for print bleeding and what is the safe area for ensuring my design is not cut off?

ANS.

Print bleeding

To accommodate for print bleeding (yellow border area on image), there is an additional 72 pixels removed from each dimension (36 pixels each side based on a 300DPI image), therefore you will see 36 pixels cut off each side of your images that you upload. If your image upload is 900DPI, then the bleeding area for each side would multiply to 108px (3x36px). This is industry practice to allow printing to the edge without seeing inconsistent white gaps.

Safe Area

The Safe Area is highlighted with a red dotted line and is 36 pixels each side based on a 300DPI image. Keep text and other important parts of your design, image, or photo inside the Safe Area! During the production of your product, some of the content outside the safe area may be cut off. Everything inside the safe area will be preserved. Note that the red dotted line will not be printed but for your reference only.



Simple answer
Basically, please keep everything you want printed inside of the red dotted lines. There is a small chance that anything in the gap between the yellow border and red dotted line to be cut off during production.

playing card bleeding area

Poker size cards
The actual printed size is 2.5" x 3.5" and the minimum image upload size requirements are 822 x 1122 pixels (300DPI).

Bridge size cards
The actual printed size is 2.25" x 3.5" and the minimum image upload size requirements are 747 x 1122 pixels (300DPI).

Large size cards
The actual printed size is 3.5" x 5.75" and the minimum image upload size requirements are 1122 x 1797 pixels (300DPI).

Tarot size cards
The actual printed size is 2.75" x 4.75" and the minimum image upload size requirements are 897 x 1497 pixels (300DPI).

Trump size cards
The actual printed size is 2.45" x 3.95" and the minimum image upload size requirements are 804 x 1251 pixels (300DPI).

Mini size cards
The actual printed size is 1.75" x 2.5" and the minimum image upload size requirements are 597 x 822 pixels (300DPI).

Micro size cards
The actual printed size is 1.25" x 1.75" and the minimum image upload size requirements are 447 x 597 pixels (300DPI).

Domino size cards
The actual printed size is 1.75" x 3.5" and the minimum image upload size requirements are 597 x 1122 pixels (300DPI).

2" square size cards
The actual printed size is 2" x 2" and the minimum image upload size requirements are 672 x 672 pixels (300DPI).

3.5" square size cards
The actual printed size is 3.5" x 3.5" and the minimum image upload size requirements are 1122 x 1122 pixels (300DPI).

Business size cards
The actual printed size is 2" x 3.5" and the minimum image upload size requirements are 672 x 1122 pixels (300DPI).

Circle size cards
The actual printed size is 3.5" x 3.5" and the minimum image upload size requirements are 1122 x 1122 pixels (300DPI).

Hex size cards
The actual printed size is 3.25" x 3.75" and the minimum image upload size requirements are 1182 x 1047 pixels (300DPI).

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