The Prepress Perspective- Week 1

Posted on February 1, 2012

Greetings from the prepress department!

Thanks for visiting my very first blog! This entry is first in the series “The Prepress Perspective.” Here at Wentworth, our prepress department has over 20 years combined experience. Through the years we have all seen common confusions that our customers have when sending in files. Each week I’m going to tackle some of these issues and try and better educate you- our valuable customer!

Week One – That Pesky White Line defines “bleed” in the way of printing as, “a sheet or page margin trimmed so as to mutilate the text or illustration; a part thus trimmed off.”

Adding bleed to your files is quick, easy and painless! All you need to do is add 0.125 inches to every side of your page. If you create a document in Adobe InDesign or Illustrator you can define the bleed under “Document Setup” and the program provides the guides for you!

Then, just make sure all of your design elements that you would like to reach the edge of the page reach all the way to the bleed line. If you are going to send us a PDF, don’t forget to save with bleeds when you export your project.

Now you are probably wondering, why is it so important for me to add bleed to my files?

Well, the main reason is a pesky little white line. After your project is printed, it moves on to the bindery where it is trimmed down to size. Some slight shifting or bouncing may occur on the cutter and if there are no bleeds- Poof! You have a white line along the edge of your pages. And if you are anything like me, if you did not design that white line to be there, you sure don’t want to see it!

Making sure you have bleed in your files is just one small step you can make to help us give you the absolute best final product.

See you next Wednesday, when I will give you the low down on the fight between printer spreads vs. reader spreads.

–      Valene

Twitter: @valene2102

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