Bleed

Borderless printing requires bleed. Bleed is a printing term that describes 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 trimed down.

The example shows how a document should be set up with bleed. This is the way you must set up your document if you intend to have graphics that extend all the way to the edges of the cut item. The example uses a business card, however the same principle and measurements apply to a document of any size.

Since printers cannot print right to the edge of a sheet all standard size prints with bleed must actually be printed on a larger sheet and cut down. For example, an 8.5”x11” page with bleed is printed on an 11”x17” sheet and then cut to size.

COMMON DOCUMENT SIZES & 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”

  • • 5.5” x 8.5” Half-Letter ---> 5.75” x 8.75”

  • • 8.5” x 11” Letter ---> 8.75” x 11.25”

  • • 8.5” x 14” Legal ---> 8.75” x 14.25”

  • • 11” x 17” sheet ---> 11.25” x 17.25”