Bleeds allow you to design artwork to the edge of a page. On a press, the artwork is printed on a large sheet of paper and then trimmed down to size. If you do not allow for a recommended 1/8 of an inch for your bleeds, any misalignment while cutting will result with the artwork not running to the edge of the paper and you may end up with white lines along the edges that weren’t intended.
Your bleed must extend past the cut-line and will be trimmed from the product during the final cutting phase. When the image is required to extend all the way to the edge, bleed is needed to preserve the finished look and the quality of the final product.
We recommend a bleed of 0.125″ on standard products and .025 for items like booklets and folders and most wide format jobs.