In this competitive world, you don’t want to be second best. You must be up-to-date with the latest technology and procedures. The comic art industry, for example, requires you to be on the alert for things that might hamper progress or propel you to exponential success. If you are not familiar with print bleed techniques, you should do so immediately, as it could determine whether your prints are accepted and admired by art collectors. This method is particularly valuable if you frequently use applications such as Photoshop, In Design, Illustrator, and similar desktop publishing programs to produce awesome artwork
Why mastering print bleed is necessary
You will find print bleed techniques highly useful regardless of whether you are carrying out bulk printing of single art prints or comic books. However, you will find print bleed most helpful when you want to reduce the possibility of having white borders when your prints are bulk cut. Bleed refers to the technique of printing beyond the page’s trim edge. Doing so enables you to extend the art to the edge after trimming. In any printer, a degree of movement must occur. Therefore, it is advisable to create 3mm bleed on all edges whenever you deem bleed necessary.
The bleed application concept is equally applicable to all desktop publishing software. To carry out a superior bleed, you should extend the object box out past the page edge. Set the margins of the bleed to at least 3mm or 1/8″, the universal parameter for bleeds when creating the PDF.
With Photoshop, you may not be able to add bleed when creating a PDF. Therefore, you have to increase your image size by 6mm (3mm all round). You will then consider the additional millimeters as bleed, which you can then discard when we you have completed trimming. The bleed area should not contain text or critical parts of your artwork, since this area is discarded when trimmed.
Bleed enables you to display artwork to the page edge. When printing, your artwork will be placed on an over-sized sheet of paper. Then, the printer will trim the pieces to size in bulk, using a guillotine style cutter. Failure to give an allowance of a 3mm bleed could cause some of the paper white to remain due to misalignment.
You will find adding a bleed necessary by extending the image beyond the ultimate trim parameters, as small mechanical variations will leave a hairline white edge when you do not need a white edge. Bleeding will guarantee that your image will go completely to the edge of the printed sheet of paper.
As an artist, you need to use bleed to demonstrate that you understand the mechanics behind printing and the eventualities, which may occur. Bleeding enables you to identify and arrest any inconsistencies before they happen.
Many promising artists have had to do some manual cutting to remove the unwanted white border because they did not leave some space for movement. Some printers often decline to accept such pieces because they find it hard to print exactly to the edge.