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I need to make an insert 5X5 600dpi that has a picture on both sides.  My concern is making sure the 2 sides are lined up perfectly for cutting.  What software would I use to do this?
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You could use just about anything as long as your printer is accurate enough to be able to line them up. You could do it fairly easily in Photoshop, Illustrator, PageMaker, InDesign, Quark, etc. The problem is that most printers are "off" by a small ammount each time so even if you line it up digitally, the printer will not be so accurate. The solution is to add what we call a "bleed" which is an overlap of what you want to keep, and what will be trimmed off. So for example you have a business card that is 3.5"x2" which has colors that you want to go all the way to the edge. You would design the card with the content within 3.5"x2" but you would extend the background colors etc to go 1/8th of an inch beyond that in each direction. You want to do the same thing in your case so that the chances of lining up are greater. If you dont you will inevitably end up with white "tails" around parts of your trimmed image.
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