How to Add a Bleed to a PDF

by Laura Nations; Updated September 26, 2017
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"Bleed" is a printing term used to indicate the area with a background image that will be trimmed off after the file is printed and cut to final size. Since the bleed area will be trimmed, there should be no text or other important information in the bleed area. Projects that make use of image bleed should extend any bleeding background and/or images 1/8-inch over the final paper trim edge. You should keep all other text and graphics at least 1/4-inch' away from the final edge that will be cut. This will make your work look professional and that no images or type will me missing in the final product. When working in portable document format (PDF) in Adobe Acrobat, you can add a bleed in just four steps.

Add a Bleed

Step 1

Click on "File."

Step 2

Click on "Document Settings."

Step 3

Locate the "Bleed and Slug" options.

Step 4

Change the bleed option on all sides of the document you wish to the bleed amount you want in decimal format. The recommended by most printing companies is ".125.'' Save your changes.

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Laura Nations started writing professionally in 2008 for Lost Girls World and "The Menagerie." She also has experience creating marketing materials for non-profit organizations like Surf City Animal Hospital. Nations holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

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