The Basics of Bleed Printing – Bleed is a term that refers to elements in a printed file that extend beyond the edge of the sheet before being trimmed away. Printers usually require 1/8″ extra to cut off/trim the final piece.
A Full Bleed
The photo/image or background is extended beyond the edge of the final cut size, leaving no white space (margins) around the edge of the finished product once trimmed.
The photo/image or background is reduced to fit within the safe area creating a white border (margin) around the printed piece.
On the right, the image has no bleed. The cut line (pink line) will leave a white space around the final product.
- The BLEED line (blue line) – This is where the background/image should extend to.
- The CUT line (pink line) – This is where the final cut is made and is the finished size of the product. Anything outside of this line will be cut away.
- The SAFE line (yellow line) – This is the ‘safe’ area. Keep text and important elements within this area to avoid getting trimmed.