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What is a Bleed?

In printing, Bleed is printing that goes beyond the edge of where the sheet will be trimmed. In other words, the Bleed is the area to be trimmed off. The Bleed is the part on the side of a document that gives the printer a small amount of space to account for movement of the paper, and design inconsistencies.

For borderless printing files must be set up with the correct Bleed. The Bleed requirements vary for individual products. To obtain the correct Bleed requirements for the product you are ordering, please refer to our Guideline Templates.

A general guide can be found below.

Safe Line means all text & important graphics must be kept the minimum distance away from the Trim Line to ensure these elements are not trimmed off.

Bleed is the area extending past the Trim Line which allows for a small amount of movement that may occur when your order is being cut to size. All elements which extend to the Trim Line must also extend to the Bleed.

General Bleed Requirements:

Most products require 3mm of Bleed.
Magazines, Booklets and Presentation Folders require 5mm of Bleed.

More specific Bleed requirements and detailed instructions can be found in our guideline templates. Please click here to download our guideline templates. For further information, please refer to the following diagram below with an example of correct 3mm Bleed.