1.29- Wear Your Art (Button Maker)

Project Scenario:

One CRITICAL thing you need to learn to work with is different printing formats and understanding the concept of “Safe zones and bleed.” Bleed is when you need the background image of your work to extend past the edges of your art so that it can be trimmed, or formed around the edge of the object you’re printing on. This makes it so that the end product does not show the edges of your art on the medium. An example would be your ink jet printer… you know how it leaves a border around the edges? If you want to print an 8.5×11 inch print with NO border at all, you have to print on larger paper and then cut out your image. That border is there because printers need to have an edge of the paper to grab to roll it through the machine.

Safe zones are when you know you’ll be cutting the edges off of a print, making sure that your important parts of the image aren’t cut. The paper is normally cut in bulk, and sometimes the paper shifts a little, and if it’s going in a frame, frames aren’t perfect sizes… so keep the important parts of your image away from the edge so that it doesn’t get cut or covered by the frame.

In this project, you’ll also have to design in a circle… and that’s a unique challenge as well!!!

Project Objective:

Create Pins using safe zones and bleed.


  • You must design 6 different pin designs.
  • The images must be designed for 1″, 2.5″, or 3″ pins.
  • the image MUST be properly designed using bleed and safe zones.
  • Print your images and make a pin of one of your designs!!!
  • The image should look really stinkin’ cool.


  • Pencil/paper
  • Computer Workstation
  • Graphics software (Photoshop, Illustrator)
  • BB_Pin_Templates
  • Button Maker


Internet research on Bleed and Safe zones



Make sure you understand Bleed and Safe zone. Use the templates provided and refer to the notes in the PSD files themselves.


Is the image original?Did you create 6 pins? Did you properly use bleed and safe zones?


Design a pin for your charity or Character trait you picked at the beginning of the school year!

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