What is a Bleed?
A bleed is an image that extends beyond your document size to allow the image to print to the edge
of the page. The excess image will be trimmed off after printing. All printing devices cannot print right
to the edge of the page. There is always a gripper edge or white space that it cannot print on. To print a
document with a bleed, the document has to printed on an oversized sheet of paper and then cut down
to the finished or final size. The bleed should extend a minimum of 0.125” beyond the finished size. For
example, if your making a business card with a bleed, the business card is 3.5” x 2”. The document size
with the bleed should be 3.75” x 2.25’.
Bleeds are only necessary if the color or image extends to the edge of your document.
Text Safe Area:
To avoid having text cut off during trimming, make sure that text is within 0.25” from the edge of your
Below is a sample of a business card with a bleed.
or finished document
Any Town, Anywhere
Text Safe Area
Document Sizes with bleeds
Paper Type Size Bleeds Size
Letter 8.5” x 11” 8.75” x 11.25”
Legal 8.5” X 14” 8.75” x 14.25”
Ledger or Tabloid 11” x 17” 11.25” x 17.25”
Oversized 12” x 18” 12.25” x 18.25”