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Adobe Illustrator CS5: Trim Marks Vs. Crop Marks

Adobe Illustrator give you a way to easily create real trim marks (after taking it away, if I remember correctly). Now, there is two ways to create trim marks. Illlustrator differentiates between them by calling one set Trim Marks, and the other Crop Marks.

  • Object > Create Trim Marks will create marks that are actual trim lines on your artboard.
  • Effect > Crop Marks will create marks that are part of the object as an effect.
  1. Danny
    2011/09/17 at 5:52 pm

    Thanks for this quick explanation !

    Is there a way to specify the padding in between the rectanble and the marks ?

    • Canvai
      2011/09/19 at 4:36 pm

      Unfortunately, no. Illustrator creates the offset (that’s the padding) automatically at .25″
      If you use Object > Create Trim Marks command, however, regular paths are created for you, and you can modify that manually.

  2. jay
    2012/03/27 at 10:12 am

    is there any way to edit the crop marks on illustrator cs5

    • Canvai
      2012/03/28 at 3:38 am

      Unfortunately, this effect doesn’t seem to have any options available.

    • Angela
      2013/01/23 at 2:56 pm

      After you create your Crop Marks, go to: Object > Expand Appearance. This should allow you to edit them.

  3. 2013/09/17 at 6:54 pm

    When I chose fit to screen, suddenly there was a measurement system that appeared between the crop marks..How do I get rid of them? And what is their form of measuremnet? Pts? And what is it called?

    • Canvai
      2013/09/25 at 5:39 pm

      can you send a screenshot?

  4. 2013/12/10 at 4:21 pm

    Object > Expand Appearance worked for me, once I clicked on the object that the crop marks were made off of! Thanks! Learned something new!

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