If you want any image, colors, and/or design to reach the edge of the printed product (no white outline), the file you provide must be specifically designed to have a bleed. A bleed is basically extra background colors or image stretched or “bleeding” outside of the cut line, so that the colors could be printed to the edge of the paper without showing white margins. If your final print piece has a white border, it does not need a bleed.
To create a bleed, you must stretch or extend your design beyond the the final cut size (size of the finished printed product), including any background colors, photos, or other items that you want on the edge of your paper.
Your design (colors or graphics touching the edge) must be extended by 0.125″ on all 4 sides, and after it is printed, it will be cut down to the final size, the size you ordered. Because the bleed is 0.125″ on all 4 sides, your page size will be 0.25″ larger than the final cut size on both the width and the height.
Example: If you order a 4″x6″ postcard, the PDF file you submit for print should be 4.25″x6.25.” It will be printed 4.25″x6.25″ and then the bleed, or excess image, will be cut off so that the final size delivered to you is 4″x6″ with the colors going to the edge of the paper.
*When using any of our Templates, you’ll notice they all have 3 lines:
– The INNER Line is the Safety Zone Line.
– The MIDDLE Line is the Cut Line – the edge that your art will be trimmed to.
– The OUTER Line is the BLEED Line – Your background art should extend out this far, but this area will be trimmed off during the Cutting phase of Production.