What is Bleed and Full Bleed?

What is bleed

If you are designing a document where any artwork is to go to the very edge of the page, the document will need to be designed on a larger sheet of paper and then cut down to size. The artwork will have to extend into this area of bleed on the extended sheet. Having bleed allows a small amount of space to account for movement of the paper.

A basic rule of thumb is to have 3mm of bleed to every edge of your document. For example if you want your final document size to be trimmed to 210 x 148mm, you will want to design the document at 216 x 152mm. This then gives the printer a comfortable amount of bleed to allow for small movements in the printing.

You will also want to have a ‘safe’ margin area of 3mm inside of your final document size. Again, if you want the final trim to be 210 x 148mm then you will want to keep all crucial design elements inside 204 x 142mm.

Full Bleed

Full bleed is the process of printing from one side of the piece of paper / card to the other side. We are able to accommodate full bleed when printing any material, as long as there is sufficient bleed within the document.