Here’s what you need to know about Crops and Bleeds
You’ve got it all planned out in your head. An eye-catching, full-color flyer. The background image goes from one edge to the other; none of those white borders here! You’ve picked out 100lb Gloss Cover and it’s going to look amazing!
You submit your project files and go on with your day. A couple of hours later you get an email that reads: “Please include crop marks and 1/8″ bleed”.
What does that mean?!? Crops and bleeds? How do you add them? Why?
The answers are quite simple, really. When you want to achieve a full-bleed print, you must give the printer room to cut. If you simply create the file exactly the size you want, you could end up with ugly uneven white boarders. There is always a little movement when it comes to cutting paper; so you simply must allow for this discrepancy.
This is best achieved by creating an 1/8″ (.125″) bleed all the way around your project. Sometimes this will depend on the program you are using and how you export your file to a PDF. (We will include some helpful links to some of the mainstream programs in this article.)
Crop Marks tell the printer where to cut. If you’ve created an 1/8″ bleed, your crop marks are going to show where the bleed is positioned. The printer will use these marks as a guide and cut the paper.
Can I add .125″ all the way around my file page size? Yes and no. If you are submitting a custom piece, we won’t have any way of knowing whether the size you submitted is the final document size or one that contains a bleed. To avoid confusion, we ask that your document is the finished size, your artwork is extended 1/8″ beyond the edges and the bleeds are added to the exported PDF.
However, if you’re following a template for a standard CoriGraphics product and ordering online, we’re okay with this bleed in the document size because we’ll know what you purchased. (Just be sure to obey the rules within the template to avoid anything being cut off.) Example of this: Final Document size 8.5″ X 11″ Submitted Document Size 8.75″ X 11.25″.
Helpful Links for creating Crops & Bleeds:
No matter what your project entails, we’ve got the knowledge and experience to walk with you along the way. We’d love to hear about what you’re working on and give you the best options to achieve your goals.
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