What are Bleeds?

Bleeds are used in the printing process to allow your image, graphics or background to bleed off the sheet.

Printing presses and digital printers are not capable of printing all the way to edge of the sheet. This means, if you want it to go all the way to the edge, we have to print on a larger sheet then trim off some of the graphic. The standard bleed amount is 1/8 (.125) of an inch.

The easiest way to set-up a file for bleeds is add 1/8 inch to the size of your art-board all the way around. You will also want to keep any important information at least 1/8 inch to 1/4 of an inch from the trim area. Popular design software, such as Adobe CC products, include a bleed option when setting up your document. That makes it super easy when it’s time to export and you want to include bleeds.

Watch the videos below for a tutorial on how to add bleeds using Adobe InDesign.

Video by jeremyb, youtube user.

Video by Printing Specialists