Crop Margins

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Crop Margins


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PDF documents feature up to five boxes that determine their content and appearance. They are the Media Box, Crop Box, Bleed Box, Trim Box and Art Box:



Figure 1. Document Boxes


PDF-Tools uses four of these boxes to determine customizable settings:


Crop Box


The Crop Box defines the region to which page contents are clipped when displayed or printed. Programs use the dimensions of this box for screen display and printing. Unlike the other boxes, the Crop Box has no defined meaning in terms of physical page geometry or intended use - it merely imposes clipping on page contents. However, in the absence of additional information, the Crop Box determines how the page contents will be positioned on the output medium.


Bleed Box


The Bleed Box defines the region to which the contents of the page are clipped when output in a production environment. This may include the "bleed area" needed to accommodate the physical limitations of cutting, folding and trimming equipment. Usually the Bleed Box is three to five millimeters larger than the Trim Box. When a page is printed it may include printing marks that fall outside the Bleed Box. The default value of the Bleed Box is the value of the Crop Box.  


Trim Box


The Trim Box defines the intended dimensions of the finished page after trimming has taken place. As opposed to the Crop Box, the Trim Box is very important because it defines the actual page size. Programs use the Trim Box as the basis for positioning pages on a press sheet. The default value of the Trim Box is the value of the Crop Box.


Art Box


The Art Box defines the extent of the page’s meaningful content (including potential white space) as intended by the page’s creator. The default value for the Art Box is the value of the Crop Box.


See here for further information on document boxes.