Graphic Design Terms 101

Graphic Design Terms 101

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Sometimes communications with your graphic designer or graphics department can feel as if your talking to someone in a different language. What are these terms? A bleed? A crop mark? To the average individual, these terms can mean anything. But in the world of art, graphics and printing these terms have specific meanings. Here are some Graphic Design terms defined to help make your communications process easier!

  1. Bleed– the bleed on a design is when the edges of the artwork extend past the “page edge. This helps prevent any unwanted white borders from being kept in the final piece.
  2. Trim mark/crop mark– This mark is a thin line that marks the final size of a piece after it has been cut down. These marks let your printer know where each document should be cut and the finished size of the product.
  3. Margin – the margin is considered the safe zone of your printed piece. Any art or text placed within the margin won’t run the risk of being cut off, for example your copy or any important content.

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These are only some of the many terms used in the print and graphics Industry that may be a little tricky to remember. Having some troubles with your designer or printer? Contact us here at Optamark Graphics for all your design solutions!