I have a document I created in Illustrator CS4 (Mac OSX 10.5.8) with 1/4 inch bleeds.It's a rather small document and the bleeds are very distracting (but I need them for final printing).
Is there a way to preview the document on my monitor without the bleeds? If so, how?
You may create a (white or whatever suitable) Compound Path of two rectangles to cover the bleed, the smaller one corresponding to the artwork without it.
That's what I did and it worked fine. I just figured a mature product like Illustrator would a soft proof option to hide bleeds by default, without the need for this little work-around.
Be careful what you get started, Lou.
I just figured a mature product like Illustrator would a soft proof option to hide bleeds by default, without the need for this little work-around.
I'm a bull in a china shop—never one to shy away from stating my opinion!
It may become a stampede then, Lou.
Do not specify a bleed when creating a document. When you go to print or save as a pdf you can specify your bleeds in the tab called Printers Marks and Bleeds.
You can probably save this as printer preset.
Thank you, Wade, but either I am missing something basic or you misunderstood what I am looking to do.
I tried setting the bleed to zero inches in Document Setup, but the document still shows the images and objects bleeding off the artboard. I don't really mind the bleed margin box showing—it's the non-printing artwork beyond the trim marks that I find distracting. I just want the artwork that extends beyond the artboard itself be hidden so I can preview the finished document without that extra stuff distracting me. I didn't see how setting the bleed to zero helped me achieve that. Like I said, maybe I missed something basic.
I have to extend my objects and images beyond the artboard, since this design requires a full bleed all around. I just want to hide the bleed area when previewing to see if I like the way it looks, or decide it needs changes.
I see what you mean no there is no feature drawing a rectangle with a white stroke align to the outside of the rectangle path and the same size and position of the artboard is the only way I know and turning it on and off.
I'd also love to see this feature.
You can try this:
which gives you the Save for Web preview and works well.
It's not what's needed though.
What you mean a preview to see what my artwork will look like when it comes back from the printers… why on earth would I want that?
Lordy lordy, the only reason there's no competition for Adobe is that they just gobble every good prospective newcomer in acquisitions. They just layer on more 'features' that they port form acquired products and that we just don't need, but fail miserably to support or fix issues that have been there since day one.
Also anyone at Adobe ever thought it might be a good idea to include a font manager in the Creative Suite bearing in mind the plethora of tools now shipping, from arse wiping utilities to new and totally irrellevent, WYSIWYG webdesign apps?
Next to the Sony mobile team this has to be the most misguided set of developers this side of the Universe. I really have sympathy for them because they're probably very talented, just unfortunately managed by baboons.
This post is from 2010 but, unfortunely, it seems very actual. It should already be possible to "preview" the artboard. Just like in "InDesign", you press "w" and voilá! Just with one quick shortcut your life is so much better. Come on, Adobe..
The old layer, mask clipping is just a workaround. And it takes time to do it. Not practical.
The save for web solution it's not a solution. When working with big artboards, it gets memory impossible.
It's just so strange Adobe applications not "sharing" best functionality between them. It looks like big inside competition.
Like in Acrobat.. why did they change the CTRL+0, Ctrl++ and Ctrl+- zoom solutions? Now, it get's very stressful to review PDF documents with the zoom solution different from all other applications!
Already sent them what I think.
Your link is a Bookmark!
Works fine Carlos (also in the latest Mac CC version).
Hi Tom, thanks for checking, glad to hear it works in the cloud.
Thanks for the reply.
I've tryed both your scripts (Clipping and Preview) and they had this effects:
Like in SaveForWebPreview it doesn't get to the finish line in big press sizes. Memory issues.
It worked perfectly! Adobe should offer you a one year license!
Just one thing, How do we know how much "Margin percentage" to choose?
Thanks a lot and congratulations.
in case someone finds it useful, I wrote a small script to create a "preview without bleeds" in Illustrator.
The script creates a Compound Path made of two rectangles for each artboard (inside a nonprinting layer on top) to cover the bleed.
You can download it from here:
The bleed line is a guide, so you can show or hide it along with other guides using the View > Guides > Hide/Show Guides menu item, or by pressing press ⌘; (Ctrl + ; on Windows).