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What the heck is bleed?

Bleed​ ​refers​ ​to​ ​the​ ​area​ ​outside​ ​of​ ​the​ ​document​ ​where​ ​elements​ ​such​ ​as​ ​background​ ​colors​ ​and graphics​ ​extend​ ​beyond​ ​the​ ​edge​ ​of​ ​your​ ​finished​ ​size.​ ​No​ ​printers​ ​can​ ​print​ ​all​ ​the​ ​way​ ​to​ ​the​ ​edge​ ​of​ ​a sheet,​ ​so​ ​your​ ​document​ ​must​ ​be​ ​printed​ ​on​ ​a​ ​larger​ ​sheet​ ​and​ ​then​ ​trimmed​ ​down​ ​to​ ​the​ ​final​ ​finished size.​ ​Basically,​ ​if​ ​you​ ​want​ ​your​ ​finished​ ​project​ ​to​ ​be​ ​printed​ ​edge​ ​to​ ​edge,​ ​you​ ​have​ ​to​ ​include​ ​a​ ​bleed margin. 

Type Popular sizes Final sizes with bleeds
Business​ ​card 3.5”​ ​x​ ​2“​ 3.75”​ ​x​ ​2.25”
Postcard 4”​ ​x​ ​6”​ 4.25”​ ​x​ ​6.25”
Invitation 5”​ ​x​ ​7”​ ​​ ​5.25”​ ​x​ ​7.25”​
Flyer 8.5”​ ​x​ ​11”​ ​8.75”​ ​x​ ​11.25”
Poster 11”​ ​x​ ​17”​ ​11.25”​ ​x​ ​17.25”

What​ ​files​ ​can​ ​I​ ​submit?

We​ ​prefer​ ​press​ ​ready,​ ​flattened​ ​​ ​PDFs​ ​with​ ​proper​ ​bleed​ ​&​ ​crop​ ​marks​ ​added.​ ​Don’t stress​ ​over​ ​crop​ ​marks,​ ​just​ ​make​ ​sure​ ​you​ ​have​ ​bleed​ ​included.​ ​You​ ​can​ ​submit​ ​via email​ ​or​ ​give​ ​us​ ​a​ ​call​ ​us​ ​to​ ​arrange​ ​a​ ​customized​ ​file​ ​transfer. 

All​ ​of​ ​our​ ​machines​ ​print​ ​in​ ​CMYK​ ​color.​ ​Files​ ​that​ ​are​ ​not​ ​submitted​ ​in​ ​CMYK​ ​may​ ​shift color​ ​when​ ​processed​ ​to​ ​a​ ​CMYK​ ​print.​ ​We​ ​do​ ​not​ ​guarantee​ ​color​ ​accuracy​ ​in conversions​ ​from​ ​RGB​ ​or​ ​Pantone​ ​Colors​ ​to​ ​a​ ​CMYK​ ​color​ ​process. 

We​ ​prefer​ ​artwork​ ​with​ ​a​ ​resolution​ ​of​ ​300​ ​DPI​ ​to​ ​print​ ​a​ ​crisp​ ​and​ ​clean​ ​image.​ ​Images with​ ​a​ ​lower​ ​DPI​ ​may​ ​print​ ​fuzzy,​ ​distorted​ ​or​ ​pixelated. 

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