Trim Guides in BookWright

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Show or hide the trim guides
You can show or hide the trim guides in BookWright using CMD+T (Mac), Ctrl+T (Windows), or View > Show Trim Area or by clicking the trim guide icon near the top of the page.


How to use the trim guides
Trim guides are turned on by default in BookWright so that you can view where the expected cut will be made at the printer and make sure your important content won't be trimmed off.

Below is the red dotted trim line and a pink shaded area. Keep important content, such as text or people's faces, out of this pink area.



Trim guide details

The red dotted trim line represents approximately where your printed page will be trimmed.

  • There may be slight variances in trimming so the actual cut may be slightly above or below the red dotted line. 

The pink shaded area shows the safe area.

  • Keep important content (such as text or tops of heads) OUT of the pink shaded area. This will prevent it being trimmed off, lost in the binding, or folded over the cover. 
  • If creating a Layflat book, the content in the gutter won't actually be trimmed but there will be a fold line.

When can you ignore trim guides? 

  • Only if using a full bleed image where you have an image or background completely covering the page. In this case, make sure the edge of your image (or background) reaches the edges of the page, past the red dotted trim line. For more information, see our article on using full bleed images in BookWright. 
  • Don't place important content, such as tops of heads or text, in the pink shaded area. (If you've chosen our Layflat option, content in the gutter of the book won't be trimmed off since we print on one continuous sheet of paper but there will be a crease down the center of the spread).  

Details of the pink shaded area 

This is a page in BookWright with the trim area turned on. Note the pink shaded area. Keep important content, such as text, page numbers, etc, out of this area.



In the example below, text is safely out of the pink shaded area. This is good as it won't be cut off.



The text below is placed in the pink shaded area. This is bad as the text may be trimmed off.

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