BLEEDS AND TRIM SIZE
In documents where printing goes right to the edge of the page,
the bleed is the part of the image that extends beyond the trim
marks. A printer must print on a larger sheet and trim the page
to size to achieve the "print to the edge" results.
The Forms Outlet, Inc. requests that you include at least an 1/8"
bleed past the trim marks.
To cut out or trim unneeded portions of an image or a page. Cutting
lines, known as cut marks or crop marks, may be indicated on a
print-out of the image or page to show where to trim. Especially
used when a bleed requires a larger paper size than the final
The final size of a printed page after excess edges have been
cut off. Cut marks to indicate where to cut are printed in the
edges that are then trimmed after printing.
The image area is the part of the layout that contains text and
images that must be visible in the final product. Leaving a small
margin between the trim size and the image areas allows for small
variances in the cutting process.
Business card with no bleed - photo image is smaller than
Business card with bleed - photo image is larger than trim