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Setting Up Bleed for Printing

Bleed is a printing term that refers to printing that goes beyond the edge of the document to be trimmed. When any image or element on a page touches the edge of the page, extending it beyond the trim edge, it is said to bleed. It may bleed or extend off one or more sides. Photos, rules, clip art, and decorative text elements can bleed off the page.

The bleed is the part on the edge of a document that gives the printer a small amount of space to account for movement of the paper throughout the printing and cropping process. Bleed ensures that no unprinted edges occur in the final trimmed document. Particularly when long-run prints are made, the paper may move around. Without adding a bleed to your document, a document may become slightly misaligned in the cropping process and result in white unprinted edges. Not a good look.

Bleeds are generally 3-5mm from where the cut is to be made. This can vary from print company to print company. A 5mm bleed is the safest option for printing, especially in large quantities. Failing to provide bleed can result in finished pieces showing a thin area of white on the edge.

Similar to the way bleed eliminates the chances of misaligned white space appearing on a printed document, making sure you give text and images about 5mm grace from the interior border of a document, will help protect your document from losing any vital elements to the cropping blade.

See diagram below for reference. The dotted line represents where the document will be cut. The white line is the internal grace line where all vital text and images should remain within.
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