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Printing Terminology: What is a Bleed?

In printing, a bleed is a design element where the colour runs to the edge of your printed piece. Using a bleed can make your finished product look more professional when compared to pieces with obvious margins. However, using a bleed can also raise the cost of your printing project.

When a sheet of paper runs through a printer, it is grabbed at the edges and fed through the machine. For a project without a bleed, each page has a blank space around the edges (sometimes called the "margin" or "gutter") where the printer can grab it. For a project with a bleed, each page still has to have a blank space -- so the project is printed on larger paper and the margins are trimmed away afterwards.

In other words -- printing with a bleed means you will be paying for a larger piece of paper plus the time and effort involved in cutting the pages down to size. Talk to your printing professional about the benefits of printing your project with or without a bleed; you may be able to save money on your printing budget by avoiding bleeds.


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