The where, why and how guide to add bleed to a pdf artwork
Adding bleed to your pdf is really quite easy once you understand and visualize the project. But first of all you need to understand what bleed is and why you need it. So what the heck is bleed? Keeping reading and it will be explained.
How do you add bleed to a pdf?
Why add bleed to a pdf for printing?
How to add bleed to a pdf and how not to add bleed to a pdf.
How to fix the bleed on my artwork?
So now the garage and the mailbox will be included when we print. But note that the black border is larger than what we will see after printing and cutting. The cut line is the the red line. The black beyond the the red line won’t be there after cutting. Think of it as a “fudge line” it gives us a bit of room for the cut and we don’t care if the blade comes down a bit to the left or a bit to the right. So for your final product imagine that the area outside of the red line doesn’t exist.
But when you shrink your and add a border (Which may be any color you choose, it need not be black.) make sure you create a border that is at least an 1/8″ of and inch. If it is to thin it may look like a mistake. Always error on the side of a little thicker than you think you need.
After adding bleed how do you know what size you are submitting to printer?
You will usually add .0125″ to each side of your document when adding bleed. So this means 2 x .0125 to the width and 2 x .0125 to the to the height. That means add .25 inch to the width and .25″ to the height. So if your postcard is a 5″ x 7″ card then your art with bleed will be 5.25″ x 7.25″.
COMMON PRINT DOCUMENTS & THEIR MEASUREMENTS WITH BLEED
- 3.5” x 2“ business card —> 3.75” x 2.25”
- 4.25” x 6” postcard —> 4.5” x 6.25”
- 5” x 7” invitation —> 5.25” x 7.25”
- 8.5” x 11” flyer —> 8.75” x 11.25”
- 11” x 17” sheet —> 11.25” x 17.25”
- Open Photoshop and click File > New…
- Enter the FULL BLEED dimensions. That means you need to add 1/4″ extra both to width and to height.
- Set the Resolution at 300 pixels/inch
- Set the Color Mode to CMYK
- Open Illustrator, click File > New…
- Enter the TRIM dimensions for width and to height (these are dimension not including bleed)
- Enter 0.125 for the top, bottom, left and right bleed
- Set the the Color Mode to CMYK
- Set the Raster Effects at High (300 ppi)
Should you add crop marks
I would say no. Often the printer doesn’t want them. If you tell the printer your art is being submitted with bleed, you should be fine. You can always request a proof to be sure. But this calls for giving yourself enough time to receive a proof and approve it. Planning is key, without planning you could have a few rounds of back and forth and multiple proofs which usually result in extra charges and a delay to when you receive your final product.
Call and talk to you printer
If this is still confusing you should call and talk to your printer. Or ask if he or she can just add a border to your art to adjust for bleed (be sure to tell the printer what color you would like the border to be).
Are these postcards going to be mailed?
If you are planning to mail this project there are other concerns you should consider when designing your artwork. For more information on this follow the link Five Postcard Mailing Tips.
Bruce Binenfeld – owner of Cloud 8 Printing in Columbus, OH.
If you have any questions on print design or printing call
Cloud 8 Printing 614-273-0845.