We prefer not to. We want to print the best possible work for you and without bleed the finished printing can look unprofessional. You'll see we've told the document to include bleed by typing '3 mm' in to the four bleed boxes inside, outside, top and bottom then we need to add it on the artwork file itself.
Click 'Create' and the new 36 page file opens. With this selected, click and drag on the page from the top left pink outline to the bottom right pink outline. On the indesign document, the black line shows the A5 page and is where we will trim each page.
The pink line is the bleed area. If you want to make sure that the box is precisely positioned on the bleed area then check the measurements box and it should appear like the box below -3, -3, mm, mm :.
Let's go ahead and add a photo to the page. A dialog box will open, choose the image you want to drop in from your files and choose 'Open'. The image will in appear in your frame box. You can now use the white arrow tool to resize the image within the frame. Hold the shift key and drag the top left and bottom right corners til it is the correct size and position.
If you prefer to have a coloured background rather than an image. Then lets go back a few stages Always work in CMYK - choose this by clicking the horizontal lines in the top right hand corner of the colour menu. Then toggle the numbers or select a colour from the spectrum below.
In the top left hand corner of the Color Menu there are two little squares - the one with the red line across the centre helps you change the border of the Rectangle Frame, the solid white square helps you change the colour within the box. Here we have picked a really delicious bright orange colour which you can see extends up to the edge of the bleed area:. Excellent, so that's the first page completed.
You can obviously now go ahead and add text, other images and style the page accordingly. An important point to consider is that if you would like your images to have a decent white border around the page then you would stop them at least mm short of the trim edge. As they wont be going to the edge of the page you don't need to worry about bleed at all.
PLEASE NOTE: If you have a white background on your artwork file or you intend your images to have a nice, generous 15mm border of white space around them then you do not need to worry about bleed because none of your content will be going to the edge of your finished book's pages.
As a side note, keep any important text at least 5mm from the trim edge of the page and mm away on the spine side of the page. This is good design practise and ensures all of your important content is legible to the reader without them having to crane their neck or press the pages really flat to see it all. Type in the name you would like to call the file. A new dialog box opens up with some more options. Choose 'Pages' rather than 'Spreads' and you can also click 'View PDF after Exporting' which will open the pdf up on screen after it has been created.
On the left hand side click 'Marks and Bleeds' menu. Tick 'Crop Marks' and in the Bleed box type '3 mm' into the top, bottom, inside and outside box. That's it, then click Export. Your computer will whirr away for a short time maybe a few minutes if it is a big file then a print ready PDF will appear on your computer. Your finished pdf should look like this with crop marks in the four corners and the artwork extending past the crop marks.
Then you need to drag the background image out 3mm beyond the black line on your Indesign file so that is extends right out to the pink line of the bleed area. Try that then export to PDF again. OR you have added the correct bleed and completed the process above but then when you're exporting you need to click the Marks and Bleeds menu, then type '3mm' into the four bleed boxes.
This will add the bleed to the pdf. In order to get our document to print correctly, we may need to make some changes to the file. Lots of designers set bleed, but then forget to extend their artwork past the trim line to the bleed guide. Before sending it to the printer, be sure that the artwork you want full bleed is aligned to those bleed guides outside the trim. Your photos, artwork and background colors all need to extend to the bleed line.
With InDesign, the image or object should snap right to the guide lines when pulled to them. Below is a visual to help. This is an example of a document that has incorrectly set bleed. Below is an example of how that same photo should look. To ensure the photo prints all the way out to the edge of the document, just make sure it extends out to the bleed lines. Be sure the right options are chosen when you export your file as a PDF to the printer. This should ensure everything appears just as you want it to on the page.
Make sure that the offset area is greater than or equal to the bleed, otherwise your crop marks might show on your final document. Thomas Group has every solution you may need for your edge-to-edge printing desires. With cutting-edge digital printing that is capable of everything from small projects to large-format printing jobs, our company is able to create the prints you need at the sizes you want.
We can print on a wide variety of materials, including vinyl, canvas, all types of paper and cardboard. The easiest way to find out which options best suit your project is to contact Thomas Group and let our experts help you to find what will work well for your needs, and to help you achieve the best print job possible.
Our staff can help you with details like what file format will work best, as well as what finishing options might work best for your project. With some of the most experienced workers in the industry and decades of NYC printing behind us, Thomas Group can offer customers a variety of options on almost every print project.
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