When preparing a new document for printing, some projects require trimming before the project is complete. If your design has fullcolor borders, or your images bump up against your page size, extra content is needed around every edge that is to be trimmed off. This area is called art bleed, where the artwork “bleeds” off the page. This allows for the printer to saturate the paper with extra content, so that when the project is trimmed to your requested size, there is no extra white paper showing around the edges of your design. In most page layout programs, extra content can be added outside of the document area. This area is known as the pasteboard. If your page layout program does not have a Pasteboard, create a page size that is 1⁄2 inch larger than your desired finished size. For example, if you wish to produce a letter-sized form with full color, make your 8.5″x11″ document size 9″ wide x 11.5″ tall. Let your Customer Representative know your desired completed size, and the Production Staff will trim your project down to your specifications.
If you haven’t read it yet, be sure to check out Tip #1: Score a Print Job Home Run: Sizing Up Your Project. Tomorrow we will cover fonts.