Hello! A few of you may remember me from that thread about trims and bleeds a few days ago. I’m having some struggles with the Safe Zone and I need some help.
I am wondering how to set up a Safe Zone when I am working on a canvas that is larger than what the final print will be (but with the same aspect ratio). I think it’s a simple conversion problem, but I am wondering if I am overthinking things and there’s a simple formula to use.
To put my problem in context:
I’m hoping to print my comic pages at 6x9” with a Safe Zone that is 0.5” away from the edge of the page all the way around— so a 5x8 Safe Zone basically.
I naturally want to draw my pages bigger so that I have room to shrink them down for printing. I am thinking of having a 8x12 digital canvas to draw my pages since it has the same aspect ratio as 6x9.
With a 8x12 canvas I set up a Safe Zone that was 7x11, exactly 0.5” away from the edge of the page all around. However, when I shrank the canvas to 6x9 and printed it out, I found the space between the Safe Zone and the edge of the paper was not 0.5” like I had originally set up, but smaller.
I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. Downsizing the canvas would naturally shrink that space. This means my Safe Zone for an 8x12 canvas needs to start out more than 0.5” from the edge of the page, I just don’t know by how much.
In conclusion, I am wondering what dimensions I should use for my Safe Zone on an 8x12 canvas. I want to guarantee that the Safe Zone for my final print size will be exactly 0.5” from the edge of the paper.
How far from the edge of the paper should my 8x12 Safe Zone be to guarantee that? My math skills are not very sharp at the moment so if I could have some tips and/or answers that would be great!
How do you guys set up Safe Zones on your larger canvases while keeping the original print model in mind?
Thanks in advance!