Adding bleed to InDesign documents

If an image or colour runs off a page in any direction it’s called bleed. We need bleed on a document so that when the guillotine blade cuts the print, it cuts through the excess image and leaves no white edges. We suggest a minimum of 2mm extra on each edge, but you can add more if you like, too much isn’t a problem but no bleed gives everyone a headache.

Please see our ‘how to create a print .pdf with bleed’ document for further information, it’s not exactly bedside reading, but hopefully will be of help if you’re stuck.

If starting a new document, make sure all your options are showing by clicking “Bleed and Slug” at the bottom of the menu.

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In the bleed section type in 2mm in the Top, Bottom, Inside and Outside sections.

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If you already created your document, it is easy go back to your document settings and add the bleed. Just go to File/Document Setup and look for the bleed and slug options. If they are not showing, just click on “Bleed and Slug”.

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Extend your artwork to the edge of the bleed area.

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Once you have finished your artwork and saved, then choose the “High Quality Print” option from the “Adobe PDF Presets”.

  • Marks and Bleeds – The only thing that should be selected here is “Use document bleed settings”.

  • Output – Use “Composite CMYK”. All SPOT colours and PMS should be converted to “Process CMYK”.

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