The Importance of Cut Margins

Cut margins are that small, yet critical area that separates great stickers from sloppy stickers. Whether you’re cutting Digital Die-cuts on a plotter or punching out Screen-Prints with a metal die, a small but tolerable amount of shifting is almost guaranteed to occur on the sheet or the roll.

So, how do we mitigate this effect and make sure your stickers don’t come out looking crooked and mis-cut?

This is where Cut-Margins come in to save the day. By adding a 1/8 inch margin between the graphic and the cut-line, any shifting up to 1/32 inch will become virtually invisible to the naked eye. If a Cut-Margin is sized any smaller than 1/8 inch (.125″), we can almost guarantee shifting will be visible.

Two Ways To Minimize Shifting:

1. Setup your own Cutline and make sure there’s a 1/8 inch (.125″) margin between the artwork and graphic.

2. Let us set your Cutline appropriately and approve it via proof.

Don’t forget to read the rest of our Artwork Requirements and Tweet us if you have any questions.

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