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When I set bleed, is it within the page size, or added to the page size?

Community Beginner ,
Oct 09, 2022 Oct 09, 2022

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I set my page size to be 6.8 x 10.  I set my bleed to be .125 on all sides.  Does this mean that the .125 area is deducted from my page size or that the .125 area is added to the outside borders of the page?  Thank you.

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Oct 09, 2022 Oct 09, 2022

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Bleed is outside the page area. If you print your 6.8 x 10 page on a larger sheet of paper the bleed will show anything that extends off the page. Your output will be 7.05 x 10.25.

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hey thank you.  I wasn't sure at all about this and it wasn't very intuitive (to me anyway).  Appreciate it!

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Bleed (and slug) is added to the page size. The idea is to give the printer extra print area that will be trimmed off to leave printing right to the edge of the sheet or page.

 

(Slug is space added to include print instructions, parameters, agency information or the like to one edge of the layout. It's not as commonly used as it once was.)

 


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