What are bleeds and trim marks?

What are bleeds and trim marks?

Sending the art to print requires some initial care. Aimed at finishing the document. In order for your project to be perfect at the time of cutting, these rules must be followed. Make sure to not exceed the limits of the page. The rules that you need to follow are called bleeds and trim marks. But what is each?

Bleed vs Trim Marks

Bleed and Trim Marks

Bleed

The bleed is the extension of security around the art that get trimmed in the cutting process. This extension is usually 0.25in for each side. Make sure to widen only the background and never the information, text, and images.
Its meaning to the process of extending the image beyond the original margin of the document. The reference of “bleed”, reinforces the idea of going over the edges of the page. The goal is to ensure that there are no blank or white fillets on display.

Trim marks

Trim marks are a tool that indicates the measurements in which your art ends. Flagged around the work artboard, that is, the region in which the paper will get cut. Even utilized in an integral function, it is very important that you use this marking. Making sure to use bleed as well, since one does not replace the other.

How to apply?

There are two ways to apply these functions. The first is by downloading the file made available by our company. The second requires the creation of the tools starting from scratch.

Step by step

Downloading and understanding feedback

  • After setting up your project, choose the template of to the program you will use. Then click and download. Open the zip file and choose the template file.
  • When you open the file you will find all the markings. They are important because, there may be a variation of up to 0.05 inches from the indicated location.
  • The first line is the area destined for bleeding. It prevents your printout from coming with a white fillet. Your artwork should fill even this area. The second part is the cutting mark. It signals where your product will get cut.
  • Finally, we have the safety margin. It is very important because it ensures that your information is not cut. Your text and images should stay inside it.

Creating your file from scratch

If you buy a custom format, it will have no feedback. In this case, you will need to create your file including bleed and security margin as well. Check:

Photoshop

  • Go to “File,” New.” You will need to add 6mm to the height and width of your file, 0.25in on each side corresponding to bleed. For example, if your printout is 8.5×11 in, your artwork needs to be created with 8.75×11.25 in. Make sure that the color mode is set to CMYK.
  • Then, to create the bleed area click “View” then “New tab layout”. Set the margin to 0.25in in each direction.
  • For the safety margin, we repeat the previous step. Changing the margin value to 0.25in , as it will begin after the bleed.
  • Remember to create your art by adjusting the bleed and respecting the safety margin.
  • To close your art, go to the “Archive” menu, “Save as”. Name your file and under “Type” choose the option “PDF” and click “Save”.
  • In the next window, under “Adobe PDF Default,” choose the PDF/X-1a option.
  • Now click on “Save PDF”. Ready, your file is ready to print!

Illustrator

  • Go to “File”, “New” and create the file in full size. In the case of our example, 8.5×11 in – and in the option “Bleed”, we add 3mm to each side.
  • The program will create the bleed automatically, missing only create the safety margin.
  • The simplest way to do this is by creating a shape with the size of your art minus the 0.25in margin.
  • Center the shape on your artboard, right-click on it, and then “Create Tabs.
  • Remember to create your art by adjusting the bleed and respecting the safety margin!
  • To close your art, go to the “Archive” menu, “Save as”. Name your file and under “Type” choose the option “PDF” and click “Save”.
  • In the next window, under “Adobe PDF Default,” choose the PDF/X-1a option.
  • Important! Because you’ll be using Illustrator. Go to the “Marks and Bleeds” menu and check the “Use document bleed settings” option.
  • Now click on “Save PDF”. Ready, your file is ready to print!

You will find a print guide on our website with all the information you need to ensure the best quality in your project.

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