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What do you mean by "Clear Space" on my custom product label design?

If an image or text is too close to the finished edge of your custom label, it may inadvertently be trimmed off during the die-cutting process. To avoid this, you need to keep at least 1/16" (.063") of space between the die line and any image or text. This clear space is what we in the printing industry call, “clear space.” Click the image below for a larger view.

Printing Clear Space Guide

Label Printing Format

With a finished product label size of 3" x 4", the clear zone is 1/16" (.063") smaller on ALL sides or 1/8" (.125") overall, giving a total size of 2 7/8" (2.875") x 3 7/8" (3.875"). *Make sure you know the corner radius (rounded corner) of your finished product label as you need to account for this in your artwork. It's important that your product label artwork has sufficient clear space when dealing with ovals, circles, and other special shapes. In fact, it's best to create artwork with more than the requisite 1/16" (.063") clear space for oval and circular product labels. The finished size in this example should be a 1 1/2" (1.5") x 2 5/8" (2.625") oval. So for adequate clear space, your art should fit within a 1 3/8" (1.375") x 2 1/2" (2.5") oval. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about size or format for printing product labels.

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