Understanding Bleeds

"Bleed" is a printing term used to indicate the area with a background image that will be trimmed off after the file is printed and cut down to the finished size. Since the bleed area will be trimmed off during the cutting process, there should be no text or other important information in the bleed area. Projects that bleed should extend any bleeding background and/or images 1/8" over the final paper trim edge. In addition, all type and images that are NOT bleeding off the page should be well within a 1/4” inside the final trim area. This ensures that the type is not too close to the edge and eliminates any risk of it getting cut off.


If you do not want a white border on all four sides, you MUST include bleeds in your file. To achieve a bleed, extend your background one eighth of an inch on all fours sides to allow for cutting. For example, a 4" X 6" postcard with a full bleed, should be submitted as a 4.25" by 6.25" (see example above). 125" (1/8") on each edge of the card will be trimmed off during the cutting process. This will result in a 4" X 6" inch standard post card with no white borders. Please Note: Your type (text) should be .25" inside of the final trim size to ensure that it does not get cut off.

If your image has a white border on all four sides, bleeds are not required. Prepare your files at the exact dimensions of the desired output.