Whether designing from a template or completely from scratch, there are a few things you need to know about when creating a custom 11 x 14 Print. The tips in this article will help you understand the Design Guide in Studio and what to expect in your published project.
The Design Guide:
When you first open Studio to work on your project, the Design Guide is visible and can be a bit overwhelming. It is important to read and understand the tips and guide areas for each product type. If you have read and understand the tips laid out in the Design Guide, you can hide the tip bubbles by clicking the Design Guide button in the upper right-hand corner of the Studio window.
This is how the Design Guide appears in Studio while you are working on an 11 x 14 Print. The tip bubbles are fairly simple for this type of product. Here is a breakdown of each design tip:
The Safe Area is designated by a purple dashed line around the edge of the design space in Studio. It falls about 1/8 inch to the inside of the edges of a project. Projects look better when words, photos and borders aren't sitting right on the edge of the paper. To avoid this, keep text, photos, and borders well to the INSIDE of the safe area.
The Crop Marks indicate where the page will be cut. However, cutting is not 100% precise. That's why we have the Safe Area and the Bleed Area. These provide us with some necessary allowances in the cutting process.
Projects are printed on paper larger than the final cut area. That's why we have marks for the Bleed Area. The Bleed Area on your project is represented by the gray border surrounding the page. Your background paper, background art or anything that you want to come completely to the edge of your cut project needs to extend all the way through the bleed area. Otherwise, you might end up with white edges.
11 x 14 Prints are fabulous for home decor. They are simple to customize and can be easily swapped out in a standard 11 x 14 frame.