Legible Viewing Distance for Posters and Exhibits


Font Point Size Distance Feet / Meter

20pt 7’ / 2m

34pt 12’ / 3.5m

50pt 18’ / 5.5m

66pt 25’ / 7.5m

100pt 36’ / 11m

133pt 49’ / 15m

200pt 74’ / 22.5m

265pt 113’ / 34.5m

400pt 150’ / 45.5m


Do You Need a Bleed?

If you want color and images to extend to the edges of your printed piece, you definitely need a bleed. The “Bleed” is printing that goes beyond the edge of the sheet before trimming to ensure there is no white edge around the paper.

It is very difficult to print exactly to the edge of a sheet of paper/card so, to achieve this, it is necessary to print a slightly larger area than is needed and then trim the paper/card down to the required finished size. Images, background images and fills that are intended to extend to the edge of the page must be extended beyond the trim line to give a bleed.

There are a number of online tutorials to help you with this process. If you need our assistance, please let us know. We also offer design services if you’re short on time or talent.