Bleed Explained

A print guillotine is a high-quality paper cutter that can quickly and precisely rip through hundreds of sheets of paper.
We employ two different types of blades at Printed Floor Stickers: tungsten steel and high speed steel, both of which are routinely sharpened.

However, as the paper is sliced and the edges are pushed away from the blade, there may be very slight movement.
You must add a little amount of overprint, sometimes known as “bleed,” around the borders of your artwork in order to avoid any white spots showing up on the corners of your print.

electronic printing paper guillotine

How much bleed do I need?

We recommend adding 3 mm all the way around your paper; any images or background colours or patterns must extend past this point.

printing document with no bleed

Document set up with no bleed

printing file with 3mm bleed added

Document set up with 3mm bleed

PDF file with 3mm bleed and crop marks

Exported PDF with bleed and crops

How do i add bleed to my document?

Under File > Document set up in the dialog box that says bleed and slug click into the bleed part and add 3mm on each side.

Similar to indesign except File > New will bring up the document dialog box, add 3mm to all sides.

Photoshop does not have a bleed setting so we recommend setting up your document 3mm bigger all around, so if document is to be printed A4 (210x297mm) set up as 216 x 303mm.

screenshot of illustrator bleed set up

Illustrator bleed dialog box

Safe Area

Working with a safe area, also known as a “margin,” will keep your floor sticker artwork looking neat and aesthetically pleasing. This area, which is not to be confused with bleed, sits within the artwork and is typically used for text and headings or important information on top of your background area. Your type layout may look fine on screen if it is a few millimetres in from the edge, but it will appear cramped and uneven when it is printed onto its chosen material.

Safe Area

To keep your artwork looking clean and aesthetically pleasing we recommend working with a safe area or ‘margin’, not to be confused with bleed this area sits within the artwork and is generally used for text and headings or important information on top of your background area, your type layout on screen can look fine if its a couple of millimetres in from the edge but once it is printed onto its chosen material it will appear cramped and  uneven.
We recommend a margin of at least 5mm for smaller printed items and for larger items such as banners go up to around 25mm.

If you are unsure about bleed and your artwork or have any questions then call us on 023 8087 8037 or email us.

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