Why does my artwork need ‘bleed’ and what is it?

If you have a border or image that goes off the edge of the page, it literally does need to go off the edge of the page for printing purposes. We always print on oversize paper and trim the finished job down to your required size. If your image does not go right over the edge of the cutting line, there’s a chance that you will see a sliver of white on your final job. Always allow for 3 mm of bleed on all edges. For example, an A6 postcard is 148 mm wide and 105 mm tall. Your image area would need to be 154 mm wide by 111 mm tall to allow for the trim. Remember that the image in the 3 mm frame will be cut off. Please note that not all artwork needs bleed; if your printing is contained within the page size (i.e. does not go to the edge of the page), then bleed is not an issue for you. Please ask us if you need help setting up your artwork.

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