What is Bleed?

What is Bleed and why is it so important!


Bleed is a term that refers to printing that extends off the edge(s) of a printed piece. Any printed elements — photos, colour blocks, text — that you would like to go to the edge of the page must extend beyond the trimmed edge of the page. This additional “bleed” allows us to print slightly larger and trim down to the final size, eliminating the possibility of any unprinted areas remaining along the edges of your job.

Make sure to avoid putting important parts of your images or text in the bleed area or too close to the trim. 

At Caxton we prefer a standard bleed setting of 3mm around all sides.