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Chapter 13. Printing > Setting Bleeds

Setting Bleeds

The Bleed control is a good example of how a little feature can sneak into a product and cause havoc when people don't take the time to understand it. I know people who just ignored the Bleed control and lost a lot of money throwing away their film output. Fortunately, the control isn't difficult to understand; you just need to remember to use it.

The term “bleed” refers to an object that prints all the way to the edge of your page. In prepress, it's very important for bleeding objects to print past the page boundaries by at least ⅛ inch (often more like ¼ inch; check with your printer) because paper trimmers aren't perfect. If the object only extends to the edge of the page boundary and the paper cutter slips by a few points, the object won't sit at the edge of the paper anymore (ugly). Extending the object past the boundary is kind of like setting a trapping value for the bleed (see “Trapping” in Chapter 12, Color).


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