How To Add A Bleed | Printing

Every job that you send to a printer needs to have a bleed. The way the printing process works is the sheets are printed and then cut down to final size. If there is no bleed and the piece is cut to size you can have pieces with an unintended slight white border. Adding bleed eliminates that white border because it stretches the image past the area that is being cut.

How much bleed do I need?

Check with your printer to see how large of a bleed they require. The amount varies depending on: page size, project type and type of printing. The industry standard is 1/8" (.125) but some larger projects might require more. A printer can always minimize the amount of bleed needed, but they cant extend it. About 90% of the work that goes on a typical press is printed on oversized sheets.

How do I add a bleed?

The easiest way to add a bleed is to design it in, for example if the final size of your project is 8.5’” x 11”, make your document 8.75” x11.25”. Once you've adjusted the size add guides to the layout that are about .25” from the edge. It's much easier to do this in the beginning than to try and compensate for it once you’re done. And make sure that all important information stays within the guidelines. The last thing you want is for part of an image or piece of text to be cut off.

By taking a few minutes to add bleeds to your design in the beginning you'll save yourself more time and headaches.