Photoshop: Add Printer Marks and Bleeds when saving as PDF

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LEGEND ,
Apr 30, 2014 Apr 30, 2014

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Save as PDF with the added option to add Printer Marks and Bleeds to the output file.It is a feature which is available in Illustrator but one you can't do in Photoshop.Surely a quick transfer across that many people would love to see.
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Adobe Community Professional ,
May 01, 2014 May 01, 2014

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»Surely a quick transfer across«
Illustrator and Photoshop are very different programs.

I suppose it should be possible to add document properties for Trim Box and Bleed Box for some of the file formats or store them in the metadata and redo the pdf creation, but I doubt this is that simple a task and as Photoshop hardly is a page layout application I wonder how worthwhile it would be for Adobe to invest the resources.

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LEGEND ,
May 01, 2014 May 01, 2014

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Surely there are tons of designers who are doing their artwork in Photoshop though, and this little addition would make it so much easier to get it finished and off to print quicker.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
May 01, 2014 May 01, 2014

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While I think those people may be acting unwisely their number surely can have influence on Adobe’s development decisions regarding Photoshop.

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Explorer ,
Oct 07, 2015 Oct 07, 2015

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Why are they acting unwisely?

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Explorer ,
Oct 07, 2015 Oct 07, 2015

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This is NEEDED!

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Oct 07, 2015 Oct 07, 2015

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Because doing page layout in Photoshop is a bad choice in my opinion (for example with regard to overprinting issues).

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Explorer ,
Oct 07, 2015 Oct 07, 2015

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Who said page layout? Many artists are doing printwork like posters without any "page layout" and it would be great to be able to export the artwork to a print ready PDF instead of importing it into Illustrator or Indesign just for the PDF export.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Oct 07, 2015 Oct 07, 2015

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Creating the final design for a poster is "page layout".
edit: And even if my terminology should be off the issue currently remains: Creating the final layout for even a one page print product is better done in an application better fit for the task than Photoshop. Whether future developments will affect this remains to be seen.

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Explorer ,
Oct 07, 2015 Oct 07, 2015

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So creating a poster in Photoshop is wrong? Sometimes you need a look that contains heavy use of textures, brushing, photos and even hand lettered illustration. It should be possible to export that kind of work directly to a print ready PDF without having to use other apps. In Photoshop today, you have to set up crop marks manually. I don't really see why this isn't automated.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Oct 07, 2015 Oct 07, 2015

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Who said »wrong«? I’d call it unwise.

Printer/Crop Marks are pretty much irrelevant in a pdf, the Trim Box, Bleed Box etc. are what counts for processing. So being able to define those in Photoshop would indeed be useful.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Oct 07, 2015 Oct 07, 2015

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Sorry, I may have been unnecessarily unclear (edit: antagonistic even): Naturally doing in Photoshop the composing that is impossible in Indesign etc. is NOT unwise, but ultimately many designs will incorporate some vector elements, CMYK/print specific issues, ... and those are better addressed in an application dedicated to those issues.

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LEGEND ,
Jul 11, 2017 Jul 11, 2017

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Would love to have more control over the PDF saving features in Photoshop sort of like in Illustrator but even better by having simple things added like combine artboards or select which ones to save and orientation as well.

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Community Beginner ,
Jul 11, 2017 Jul 11, 2017

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I would love to be able to save out as a pdf with bleeds and crop marks. Now that Ps has art boards, this would be a huge plus for those doing print work!!

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Explorer ,
Jul 11, 2017 Jul 11, 2017

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Add marks and bleed when you export a PDF for printing from Photoshop. You can't really deliver artwork to a printer without adding bleed. This feature is in both Illustrator and Indesign. Why not in Photoshop? I often finish up my posters in Photoshop and it would be great to be able to just export it from there instead of importing the artwork into Indesign og back into Illustrator

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 26, 2018 Mar 26, 2018

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Agreed! It would be great to add the ability to setup bleeds in Photoshop like we can do in InDesign and Illustrator, while also allowing users to add Printers Marks to PDFs.

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Explorer ,
May 19, 2020 May 19, 2020

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Oh heaps worth it! Every designer I know who works to print finds this beyond frustrating and counterproductive.  We are all scratching our heads as to why this feature is not in Photoshop.

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Explorer ,
May 19, 2020 May 19, 2020

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Exactly! So obvious - I can't imagine what possible reason there is for this not being a feature in PS

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Adobe Community Professional ,
May 20, 2020 May 20, 2020

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Photoshop is image editing software; in my experience professional design and prepress utilises layout applications (on Adobe’s side that would be Indesign and Illustrator) to create print-ready output. 

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Explorer ,
May 20, 2020 May 20, 2020

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Precisely! That is exactly what is a pain for all those of us working in print.
I work for a poster and merchandise company. We have to process a lot of our art in PS because the tools necessary don't exist in INDD or AI. Then we have to place it into InDesign or Illustrator to lay out and export it for print. Just as you describe.
THAT is exactly what is a pain! Fine if you're doing the occasional job but processing hundreds or art pieces twice is exceeding painful, time consuming and inefficient to our workflow. Particularly when I'm laying out a poster that is just a rectangle with no die cuts necessary. I'm 100% certain I am not alone in this.

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Explorer ,
May 20, 2020 May 20, 2020

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The ability to set up a document  including bleed, margins and slug and then save or export to PDF including bleed/trim and all printer's marks straight out of Photoshop (just like you can in Illustrator and InDesign.) It is an awkward workflow to have to calculate manually on set up in PS, and then have to place the PS document into Illustrator or InDesign in order to produce a proper professional print ready PDF. It seems odd that this is not an automatic feature.

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LEGEND ,
May 30, 2020 May 30, 2020

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