Bleed

BLEED PRINTING – What Does It Mean? – More on our Series “Getting It Right”

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.

A Full Bleed
The photo/image or background is extended beyond the edge of the final cut size.

No Bleed
The photo/image or background is reduced to fit within the safe area creating a white border around the printed piece.

bleed printing

In this image the file is set up with a full bleed. As you can see, the background extends beyond the line (pink line) indicating where the final trimming will occur.
In this image, there is no bleed

  • 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.