Q: What is bleed?

A: Bleed is a printing term that refers to printing that goes beyond the edge of the sheet after trimming. The bleed is the part on the side of a document that gives the printer a small amount of space to account for movement of the paper, and design inconsistencies. Bleed ensures that no unprinted edges occur in the final trimmed document. Failing to provide bleed information and crop marks can result in finished pieces showing a thin area of white on the edge.

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3.5" x 2" (No Bleed) 3.75" x 2.25" (With Bleed)