How much border should a print have?

Margin for spiral binding

Edge smoothingSelect whether you want the edges of text and images to be smoothed when printing. When this setting is activated, the gradation of images may deteriorate.Default setting: [On].

Letterhead settingSelect whether or not to print paper that has a fixed print side or print direction (letterhead, for example).For more information, refer to the Hardware Manual.The default setting is: [Auto Detect].

Extended Auto Tray SwitchingThis setting allows you to automatically switch paper trays, regardless of whether the tray is selected manually or automatically.Default setting: [Off] [Off] [On

Job TimeoutYou can specify how long the printer will wait (in seconds) before canceling the current job if the job is interrupted during processing. If you select Use machine setting(s), enter a value between 0 and 999. (Default value: 0)Default value: [Use driver/command].

Printer does not respect margins

Bleed is a term that means that printed elements on a page, such as images or illustrations, go all the way to the edges. All KDP book covers must be indented. However, you can decide whether the inside of the book is indented or not.

Note: The inside margin is also called the gutter. Some software programs will have a field for both the inside margin and the gutter. However, you should be sure to set the inside margin in the software you have chosen and leave the gutter field blank or as zero.

Note: The top, bottom and outside margins must not be the same. For example, you can set the top and bottom margins to 1 inch, and the outside margin to 0.375 inches, as long as they meet the minimum requirements.

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What is the minimum margin for printing

In today’s post we show you in a practical and simple way how to prepare the cover and the inside of your book to send the files to the printer. The idea is to learn how to prepare the files to send them to us in a proper way so that the result is optimal.

Preparing the cover and interior files of your book correctly to send them to the printer is very simple. It is a series of steps that you should know and, once you do it, you will forget about possible mishaps.

Have you noticed that a home printer does not print up to the edge of the paper and leaves a white box around the page? A professional printer allows you to print right to the edge, but you have to prepare the document in full bleed. This means that the images or the background of the document must occupy more than the document itself. In other words, it will protrude beyond the printing area (and the document’s crop marks) so that, once the document is cut, there will be an image left over and no white edges of the paper. Our recommendation is that the bleed should be 5 mm to ensure a generous safety margin.

Letter-size printing margin

In every production process there are movements given by the operation of the machinery itself. Both in printing and post-printing, the machines used have tolerances, margins of error, inherent to their own operation. To prevent these movements from being visible in the final product, bleed and safety margins are used. With their correct treatment we do not “correct the machine”, we take into account its behavior and “avoid” it.

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The following image shows the Inspector palette of the program. Here we must define the bleeds of our pages in the initial settings, and this is done in the Inspector palette, page by page, there is no global option, unless we duplicate the page with the bleeds already defined.