Here at StressFreePrint we ask for all artwork to be supplied with a 3mm 'bleed'. This is to avoid any essential elements of your artwork being removed and avoid any unsightly white borders around your finished product.
But what is bleed?
Bleed is the extra area around your artwork that a background image or colour will usually extend into. This ensures that when it is finished and cut along the ‘bleed marks’ there is a nice crisp edge to the artwork without any thin unsightly white edges.
How do I add bleed?
Some programs, like Adobe InDesign, allow you to add bleed through the document settings. You then just need to place your content as you require and save as a high quality PDF using the "use document bleed settings" option.
For other products, like Microsoft Publisher or Adobe Photoshop, you can add bleed by increasing your document size by an extra 6mm and ensuring any essential elements such as logos and text are a minimum of around 6mm-8mm away from the edge of the page.
We will always try to add bleed for you where we can, although it isn’t always possible - particularly where a complex pattern or image is used. If you are struggling to add bleed yourself then give us a call on 0345 222 0345 and we can see if there is anything else we can do to help.