Safe Area

The portion of a design or layout that is guaranteed to be visible and free from being cut off or obscured in the final output, whether in print or on-screen.


Live Area


  1. Graphic Design: When creating a brochure, designers keep important text and images within the safe area to avoid them being trimmed during printing.
  2. Web Design: In responsive web design, the safe area ensures that critical content is visible across different screen sizes and resolutions.
  3. Video Production: Editors use safe areas to ensure that titles and graphics are not cut off when viewed on different display devices.


  • Know Your Margins: Define the safe area by setting proper margins based on the print or screen specifications to ensure no important content is lost.
  • Test Across Devices: For digital media, test your design across various devices and screen sizes to confirm that the safe area is consistent.
  • Use Guides: Utilize software guides and templates to help visualize and maintain the safe area during the design process.
  • Stay Updated: Keep up with industry standards for safe areas, as they can vary for different mediums like print, web, and video.

To learn more about safe area in print or other print industry terms, contact AP&B today!