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 trim area in BookWright indicated with a red dotted trim line and a pink shaded area. Keep important content out of this area.
What are trim guides?
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 (text, tops of heads, etc) 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 be trimmed but there will be a fold line.
When can you ignore trim guides?
- Only in the case of using a full bleed image where you have an image or background completely cover the page.
- In this case, make sure your image edges reach the edges of the page, which is beyond the red dotted trim line.
- Yes, some of this content will be trimmed off, but this will prevent you from having a white line around your image.
- Remember, 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).
- For more information, see our article on using full bleed images in BookWright.
Show or hide the trim area
You can show or hide the trim area via CMD-T or View > Show Trim Area or by clicking the trim guide icon near the top of the page.
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 shaded area, so it won't be cut off. This is good.
- The text below is placed in the pink shaded area. This is bad, as the text may be trimmed off.