Ticket Printing – Design Bleed

If a part of your design touches the border, your tool to fix this will be bleed. The term bleed refers to the objects overlapping the edge of the document, which are cropped after the design in printed. For example if you were working on a flyer, where some of the imagery was positioned to the side of the item. You would provide the printer with a document larger than the actual finished outcome.

When it’s finished being printed it would be cropped to the appropriate size. The Bleed makes room for error. When it comes to cropping, many things can easily go wrong. There’s general human error, incorrect alignment and issues with the paper. As a result, if you were not using bleed, your designs would lack a tidy cut.

Two kinds of bleed
A bleed can come in a varying amount of degrees. A full bleed has objects running along all side, while a partial bleed has only objects running off a few sides.

Crop marks
Crop marks are essential for every document that you send to the printer. This is done mechanically by industry standard programs; except for a few exceptions. The distance between document border and crop marks should be a discussion point between you and the printer; 3mm to 6mm is generally appropriate. Crop marks won’t be seen until the exported file is opened.

Bleed settings
Standard Bleed settings can change from country to country and from printer to printer. It’s always a great idea to ask your printer about queries concerning this.

Bleed settings….in Photoshop.
The Bleed concept is not found in Photoshop. However it is possible to make a Bleed yourself.

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