Bleed - SteveZ DesignZ

A bleed in printing is where the printing goes beyond the crop marks so that when it’s cut to size the printing can go edge the edge. Some printers can do bleeds and others cannot. Check with them before you sent your design to be printed there. #Bleed #GraphicDesign

Bleed

In some cases you can set the bleed allowance in the software or make your own crop marks with the bleed on the design. Some printing companies will give you a template that will show the safe area, the cut area and the bleed area.

A bleed in printing is where the printing goes beyond the crop marks so that when it’s cut to size the printing can go edge the edge. Some printers can do bleeds and others cannot. Check with them before you sent your design to be printed there. #Bleed #GraphicDesign

Safe Area

The safe area is the area where it is safe that no type or graphics should be cut off. You will want to keep your main graphics and type in this area.

Cut Area

The Cut area is where the design may be cut. There might be a slight shift, that is why they allow a certain amount of area for the cut area. In this area you can place things that is okay for it to be cut off.

That is why there is some allowance to help you with your bleed so that unwanted elements are not cut off.

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Steve is a freelance graphic designer. He has been in graphic design since high school and continued on to get an Associates of Applied Science degree in graphic design too. He has since worked mostly in advertising design for various newspapers and shoppers. He has also worked for a couple sign companies. Over all nearly 30 lifetime years of graphic design.

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