We have customers who are always asking questions about how they should set up the bleeds and tolerance on their custom label design. We wanted to just quickly breakdown what bleeds and tolerances are and help to better explain how you can ensure that your custom label design is set up correctly and to avoid delays in the pre press process.
Bleed: When referring to the bleed this would be any images, backgrounds or borders that will bleed off the edge of the design. So anything that you want to print all the way to the edge would need to "bleed" off the edge. We ask for a 1/8" bleed all the way around the dieline to ensure the bleed will be enough.
Tolerance: The tolerance is the distance from the dieline that all text, images, and objects must fall. We ask that all of these items fall within a 1/16" of the dieline to ensure that if there is any amount of movement while being diecut that nothing will be cut off.
Below is a diagram to better illustrate the bleed and tolerance:
If you have any additional questions about your custom label project or design please call us at 877.299.774 or contact us.