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What is bleed?

Bleed is a term used to describe an overflow of artwork beyond the artwork size (or trim size). This bleed will be later trimmed off for a flush finish. We ask for artwork and designs to be supplied with bleed of a minimum of 2mm.

â–¶ How do I add bleed to my InDesign File?

  1. Set up a new document to the exact file size of the product you are ordering. E.g.: A4 Letterheads, your document would be 210x297mm but select 2mm bleed in your document setup options.
  2. Any colour or images that you want to go right to the edge of the product need to be placed into your design, but also get them to spill over onto your artboard (white space surrounding your document) by at least 2mm.
  3. Keep all type at least 3mm from the edge of your document.
  4. Save your document as you normally do.
  5. File > Export, and choose Adobe PDF from the list of save options. Name your file and choose ‘Save’, Save Adobe PDF box will now appear, choose the following:
    • Adobe PDF preset, should be on ‘Press’
    • Select ‘Marks & Bleeds’ from the left hand column,
    • Tick ‘trim marks’

â–¶ How do I add bleed to my Adobe Photoshop file?

Set up a new document 2mm bigger all round than the size of the product you are ordering. E.g.: A4 Letterheads, your document would be 214 x 301mm.

  1. Put guides around your document at 2mm from the top, bottom, left and right. This outside space is your bleed, and inside the margins is your printed document.
  2. Any colour or images that you want to go right to the edge of the product need to be placed into your design, but also get them to spill over onto your outer margins or bleed area.
  3. Keep all type at least 3mm from the inside guide in your document. (So from the outside edge of the page, type will be sitting no closer that 5mm).
  4. Save your document as you normally do.
  5. Flatten the layers and do a ‘Save As’ (name accordingly so we will be able to link your file to your job).
  6. Send us this file.

â–¶ How do I add bleed to my Adobe Illustrator file?

  1. Set up a new document to the exact file size of the product you are ordering. E.g.: A4 Letterheads, your document would be 210 x 297mm.
  2. Any colour or images that you want to go right to the edge of the product need to be placed into your design, but also get them to spill over onto your artboard (white space surrounding your document) by at least 2mm.
  3. Keep all type at least 3mm from the edge of your document.
  4. Save your document as you normally do.

Now do a ‘Save As’ and choose Adobe PDF from the list of save options. Name your file and choose ‘Save’, Save Adobe PDF box will now appear, choose the following: * Adobe PDF preset, should be on ‘Press Quality’ * Select ‘Marks & Bleeds’ from the left hand column, tick ‘trim marks’, in the ‘Bleeds’ section below, add 2mm into top, bottom, left and right space. * Leave everything else as is.

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