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3. Formatting, Printing, and Table Hacks > 26. Put Crop Marks on a Page

Put Crop Marks on a Page

Commercial print shops usually require crop marks for custom-sized print pieces. This hack shows you how to include these important guides in a Word document.

With its improved graphics and typography features, many individuals and small businesses rely on Word as a standalone desktop publishing program, especially as the price of full-featured programs such as InDesign remains high.

Word does a fair job of handling layout tasks, but it still operates primarily as a word processor. It also lacks a few features essential for preparing printer-ready documents, such as the ability to insert crop marks.

Printers (the trade, not the device) use crop marks when trimming paper to a particular size. Figure 3-50 shows a document with crop marks. These are most often used when the final printed piece will have smaller dimensions than a standard paper size, such as letter. It’s much easier and cheaper to print a document using a standard paper size and trim it afterward than to print directly on paper that’s unusually sized.


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