Bleed refers to a printing term which is often used to describe a document/artwork that has elements or images that touch the edge of the page, extending beyond the trim edge, leaving no white margin. When a document contains bleed, it requires a larger sheet of paper which is later trimmed to correct size once it’s seen the printing process.
The example shows how a traditional business card document should be set up with Bleed. Different designers have a different style of “Safe Zone” but as a rule of thumb, text should be no closer to the final cut line than 7mm or 10mm if possible. The example document demonstrates how the graphics extend all the way to the edges before they are cut, this is how you should set up your document if you intend to have graphics bleeding off the sheet.
This refers to all printed documents, because no printer can print right to the edge of a sheet. Any standard print with bleed will need to be printed on an oversized sheet and trimmed to the correct size.
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At Wallace Printers Bolton, we have the facility to create your artwork in house but if cost is an issue or you already have existing artwork that’s not problem as we’d be happy to print from that. It can be rather satisfying creating your own artwork but it can be somewhat complicated setting up a file for print particularly if you’ve never done it before. No fear though as our this guide will help you understand the printing process and may save you a lot of time and effort.