Most printers cannot print all the way to the edge of the page. While home printers will scale down documents in order to print all of the content, leaving a white border around the edges, professional printers will print documents on larger sheets and then trim off the white border to produce prints of the desired size.
However, printing with a professional printer is an inexact science, as inconsistencies in design and paper movement during trimming can cause slivers of white border to appear on the edges of the printed product.
To mitigate against these undesired white slivers, you can add page bleed to your document, that is, design that extends past the edges of where your document will be trimmed. This extension provides the printing process with a margin of error so that the aforementioned inconsistencies will not visibly affect your printed product.
Read below to find out how you can implement and adjust bleed settings in Lucidpress to create printed products that are blemish-free!
When you add page bleed to your Lucidpress document, your canvas will enlarge and a red line will appear on your document, outside of the blue margin line. The red line marks where your document will be trimmed after it is printed, and the space between this red line and the edge of your canvas is your protective page bleed.
If you are using the Lucidpress Print & Ship service, please set your page bleed to at least ⅛ or .125 in. If you are having your documents printed elsewhere, please ask your printing service what bleed setting they require. Most professional printers require a bleed setting of ⅛ or ¼ in.
Follow the steps below to add page bleed to your document in Lucidpress.
- Click on the grey background surrounding your document to make your Context Pane display document settings.
- Click on the sideways triangle next to “Margins” to view your margin settings. Your bleed settings will appear at the bottom right of this panel.
- Type your desired bleed measurement into the bleed text box OR add bleed to your document in .1 inch increments by clicking the “up” arrow to the right of it. A margin will be added to your canvas, separated from your document by a red line.
- Drag the sides of your document components so that they extend past the red line and to the edge of your canvas.
If you do not want to enlarge the components of your document, you can add a background color to your document that matches the color of the components.
Note: If you are using a Lucidpress template, the components of your document will automatically extend through the bleed area.
If you are printing with an external printing service, please ask your printer if they require crop marks or bleed marks to be added to your document. These marks will appear as two lines that create a square in each corner of your document. While crop marks indicate the edge of your page that will be trimmed, bleed marks indicate the edge of the bleed area. The area in between the crop and bleed marks is called the trim area.
You can add crop or bleed marks to your document by navigating to file > download as > PDF, and then selecting one or both of the options at the bottom of the pop-up window. Click "download," and you will be all set to send your document to the printer.
If you are using the Lucidpress Print & Ship service, you do not need to worry about adding crop or bleed marks to your document.