Cutting Press Sheets with Crop Marks

Written by Jeff Harrison
April 28, 2010

Once a user prints out their sheets with crop marks, they realize at some point that they’ve also cut off the marks that go in the other direction.

Here’s an idea I came up many years ago when cutting business cards on a commercial machine. This is a hydraulic machine that requires 220v of power to run, it can easily cut through a whole ream of paper at once. However, the method works on any machine, even a small hand trimmer. 🙂

How to do it? Simply keep some pieces you’ve trimmed off as a guide for when you cut in the other direction later.

The advantage of this method is that it’s quite easy once you get the hang of it, and there are:

  1. No wasted press sheets
  2. Extra sheets needed to be printed as a trimming guide.

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Jeff Harrison is a media "Jack-of-all-trades", familiar with most of the major media applications on the Windows platform. Whether it's 2D/print, 3D, audio, video, or web-related - he's working on mastering everything that comes his way. He's a past Alpha and Beta tester for Corel, and has instructed students from all over the world. He runs the popular site, the #1 place for CorelDRAW macros. Also check out his youtube page, and his gallery at

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