Have you ever experienced a chop off at some important text on your photo booth templates? This happens when bleeds are not used. What is bleed, anyway?
Bleed is a printing term that is used to describe a document which has images or elements that touch the edge of the page, extending beyond the trim edge and leaving no white margin. When a document has bleed, it must be printed on a larger sheet of paper and then trimmed down.
Why do you need to add a bleed?
Bleed makes it easier to avoid issues with:
- mechanical limitations
- the behaviour of the paper when running at high speed through a machine
- operator errors
For an example of a problematic template without the bleed, look at the image below.
– – – – – – – – BLEED
– – – – – – – – CUTLINE
– – – – – – – – SAFETY
Bleeds:Artwork that reaches the cutline need to be extended to the red line. Add a total of 0.25″ to your original size for proper bleed. (0.125″ to each side of your TEMPLATES)
Safety: Text outside the YELLOW line will get cut off in the trimming process.
Make sure all information does not go over the YELLOW line.
Example of template with proper bleed.
PRINT READY TEMPLATE
Bleeds :Template extends to the red dotted line for proper bleed.
Safety: Text is inside the yellow dotted line to prevent information from getting cut off.
COMMON DOCUMENT & THEIR MEASUREMENTS WITH BLEED
3.5” x 2“ business card —> 3.75” x 2.25”
4” x 6” postcard —> 4.25” x 6.25”
5” x 7” invitation —> 5.25” x 7.25”
8.5” x 11” sheet —> 8.75” x 11.25”
11” x 17” sheet —> 11.25” x 17.25”
12” x 18” sheet —> 12.25” x 18.25”
The exception to the rule is LARGE FORMAT POSTERS
- unmounted posters do not require bleed
- mounted posters require 0.25” bleed on each side
If you are using a dye-sub printer such as the DNP DS40 you will need to leave at least 35.4 pixels for your bleed ((1 inch / 25.4 mm) * 3 * 300), though some typically round this off to 40 pixels to be safe. The reason for this is because this printer, and most dye-subs on the market, prints at 300 dpi (dots per inch).
It is important to remember that dpi matters in print design unlike web design. You need to create your print templates using the same dpi as your printer. So if your printer is the Sony UP-DR200 which is a 330 dpi printer you need to layout create your Photoshop file as a 330 dpi document.
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