How and when to use Bleeds in printing

In order to make ink run all the way to the edge of your piece, you’ll need to build something called bleeds. This is just a little extra (usually 1/8″) around your entire document so that when we cut the job down, there isn’t a white edge. If you imagine using a cookie cutter, you need to have some over the edge in order to make a proper cut. Bleeds Sheet

This is especially important when we are printing two sided. Because of the possibility of mis-register from front to back, we need a little extra room to adjust for cutting.

How do I add bleed to my design?

Adobe Photoshop

  1. Open Photoshop and click File > New…
  2. Enter the FULL BLEED dimensions. That is, 1/4″ extra both vertically and horizontally.
  3. Set the Resolution at 300 pixels/inch
  4. Set the Color Mode to CMYK

Adobe Illustrator

  1. Open Illustrator and click File > New…
  2. Enter the TRIM dimensions in the Width and Height boxes (for example, the trim dimension on a standard business card would be 3.5″ x 2″)
  3. Enter 0.125 for the top, bottom, left and right bleed
  4. Set the the Color Mode to CMYK
  5. Set the Raster Effects at High (300ppi)

Adobe InDesign

  1. Open InDesign and click File > New > Document…
  2. Enter the TRIM dimensions under Page Size (for example, a standard business card would have trim dimensions of 3.5″ x 2″)
  3. If you do not see “Bleed and Slug” at the bottom of the window, click the “More Options” button.
  4. Enter 0.125 for the top, bottom, left and right bleed

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