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What is print bleed and why is it important?
03 February 2017      Posted by Print Me It

Bleed allows you to run your artwork to edge of the printed sheet and is really important in ensuring your printed document looks correct. The bleed is the area of your design that will be removed when it reaches the trimming stage, and allows for tolerance on the guillotine. We also recommend incorporating a safe area into your design to prevent essential content being trimmed. A suggested width for these areas is 8mm (3mm bleed plus 5mm safe)

We always request a 3mm bleed on all printed documents apart from business cards which requires a 2mm bleed. Normally if you supply your artwork without any bleed there may be white lines at the edge of your document after it is trimmed. At Print Me It we like to go that extra mile by providing free file checks when print jobs are provided. We will try to ensure that a bleed is added to the printed document. We do this by bringing your artwork into Adobe Photoshop and extending the bleed and even checking that your important information will not be trimmed.

Whilst programmes such as Microsoft Publisher or Microsoft Word are popular for non graphic designers to create artwork, unfortunately they do not have the option of adding a bleed. One way to get around this is to make your page size at least 6mm larger on both the height and width. This means for an A5 leaflet the page size should be created at 216mm x 154mm.

Page sizes with bleed;
A0 = 1194mm x 846mm
A1 = 847mm x 600mm
A2 = 600mm x 426mm
A3 = 426mm x 303mm
A4 = 303mm x 216mm
A5 = 216mm x 154mm
A6 = 154mm x 111mm
1/4 A4 = 216mm x 105mm
Business Cards = 89mm x 59mm

For advice and support about preparing your file for print please contact us on 01207 247 000 or email info@printmeit.com.

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