What is Bleed?

Posted on: May 17, 2013

Bleed is the intentional oversizing of a graphic to make sure when trimmed, there is no whitespace showing on the edges. As the design reaches all the way out past the edges a small amount of the design or background color is cut off on purpose.

Cut Marks

All files require bleed. Business cards need .05" on all four sides. All other files need .125" on all four sides.

Bleed

Example: an 8.5" x 11" design should be designed at 8.625" x 11.125". It gets printed at that size on the press sheet and then trimmed down to exactly 8.5"x11"

Post Tags:

Americas printer
business cards online
color copies cheap
premium business cards
order business cards
commercial printing
color copies
orange county printing
oc printing company
printing tips
design tips
die cut business cards
high quality printing
brochures
copy services
printing
CMYK
RGB
Color Mode
saving files
design settings
vector
raster
adobe
illustrator
photoshop
PDF
.ai
.psd
cut marks
bleed
trim