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How to create a a printable PDF

Many of you already know how to create a print-ready PDF. Creating a printable PDF that bleeds however can be a different story. The simple guidelines below will help to create a bleedable PDF so you’ll never have a problem with bleeds again.

Instructions for PDFing your document can vary, so we’ve include the most popular design software instructions below.

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To Bleed or Not to Bleed

The most common use of the term “bleed” will usually refer to an unpleasant and often painful encounter. In the print business, a bleed actually refers to an image in your print piece that extends all the way to the edge of a page rather than one that is set up with a border. An additional 1/8 of an inch is generally allotted to allow for shift during the trimming stage. Proper file setup and correct image placement is imperative for a bleed to appear professional.

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