Adobe Illustrator Tutorial – Adding Bleed

How to Add Bleed in Adobe Illustrator

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Tutorial transcript:

Hi and welcome to this tutorial on how to add bleed in Illustrator.

Bleed is an area of print outside the document that’s trimmed after printing. It’s there as a precaution to make sure there’s no white space left on the document after it’s trimmed.

When preparing a document for print, it’s really important to make sure that the artwork extends right to the outside edge of the bleed area and that any text is set at a safe distance from the trim line – we would suggest at least 3mm inside from the trim edge.

If you’re making a new document, you’ll want to customise the bleed on the first screen. Click File, New – make sure your units are set to millimetres – and type three millimetres into the first bleed box. At, we use three millimetres of bleed in all our printed documents.

Make sure this chain is clicked as it puts equal values in all the boxes. Top tip: if you type 3mm in the first box then hit tab, the rest of the boxes will update automatically

If you have an existing document and you need to add bleed to it, click File, Document Setup and follow the previously outlined steps.

The bleed is indicated by the red line running around the document. It’s really important to make sure your artwork runs right up to this line, like this.

When you’re ready to export your artwork, don’t forget to check ‘use document bleed settings’, and make sure to thoroughly check your file before sending it to print.

Thanks for watching. We hope you found this tutorial useful. Don’t forget that we have a host of readymade artwork templates on our website:

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