Adding bleed in Adobe InDesign



This short tutorial is a handy tip for all those InDesign users out there.

What is “Bleed”?

“Bleed” is basically an area of print which is cropped off when a document it trimmed. It provides a safety area to the sides of a document that allows for small variations in guillotining or positioning. It stops white gaps appearing around the edge on your final print.

Setting up your document

Create a new document in Adobe InDesign (“Command N”). Add your ‘Page Size’, ‘Columns’, ‘Margins’. Don’t hit ‘Ok’ yet! (Note: If you do you can always go back to these options by going to ‘File > Document Setup’)

To the right hand side of this panel hit the “More Options” button:

In this panel you can set the bleed. In most cases you need 3mm. Once this is placed in you will get a handy red border around your document which really helps with positioning and sizing your design elements on your document.

Be sure to place any element which flows right up to the edge of the page into this area so that it will be trimmed.

Exporting for Professional Printing

When you export your document as a high resolution PDF for professional printing, be sure to have included bleed.

To do this go to “File > Export”. Ensure the Format is set to PDF and select the location on your computer you’d like it to be saved to. Select the standard preset of “High Quality Print”. Go to “Marks and Bleeds” and ensure you tick any marks you may need (most printers require crop marks). Also in “Bleed and Slug” area ensure the “Use Document Bleed Settings” is set.

This will then export a PDF with bleed which can be printed by professional printers! We hope you’ve found this Tutorial useful!


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2 Responses to “Adding bleed in Adobe InDesign”

  1. Ricardo Ferreira

    21st June 2011

    Muito bom esse tutorial. Foi útil, pelo menos pra mim.

  2. Carrie Riley Roth (@CarrieRileyRoth)

    26th November 2013

    A clean and simple tutorial. I’ve found some other methods using InDesign, but yours goes the simple way. ^_^

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