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Bleed question

by ctrlZ / February 24, 2005 1:30 AM PST

Ok, I'm a total newbie to print design. I am trying to design a brochure for our home business. I downloaded a generic 3 fold template for Photoshop. The dimensions for the brochure are 11.25 x 8.75. Now from what I understand is that this allows for the safety line and the bleed or cut line. The front panel of my brochure has a background gradient, while the other two panels are white backgrounds. I have scaled the gradient background past the bleed guide in order for it to print the background to the full length of the paper. However, when I either print directly from PS or export as PDF, it still does not print the bleed. I have white margins around this graphic. Can anyone help me figure this out. I'm really wanting to understand this and get it right. Any suggestions? Thank you.

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It's in the printer
by rudolphus / March 2, 2005 12:49 AM PST
In reply to: Bleed question

What you are dealing with is the 'nonprintable' area of your printer's margins. Each printer has a default print area the it doesn't like to print outside of. I'm having the same problem. Some printers allow you to adjust these margins through print preview or Options. Others, particularly those that are not photo printers, or that do not allow photo printing bleeds, will not. Drives me crazy when I'm trying to print a proof of a newsletter. There are some workarounds that might help. My printer, an Epson 1260 will take custom paper dimensions. I tell it I'm using a custom paper with dimensions larger than the actual paper. You adjust paper sizes in Options. Sometimes I tell it I'm using photo paper (because it won't bleed unless it is photo paper). None of these work perfectly. That's the reason why the dimensions given are larger than 8 1/2 X 11 inches (1/4 " all around). They assume you'll print to larger paper and then cut because printers don't like to print to the edges. Messes up the print paper feeder wheels.

Even when I do that, it's still not perfect because it messes up the fold. So, if anyone has any better suggestions, we'd both love to hear it.

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Show Crops
by taboma. / March 6, 2005 12:25 PM PST
In reply to: It's in the printer

What about show crops on the print set up? Set the print area to an 11"x17" print out.
That should show the full image as well as crop marks.

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Thanks for your help
by ctrlZ / March 7, 2005 12:37 AM PST
In reply to: Show Crops

Thanks for the replies. I really did need the input. My area is web design..not print. Don't think I want to do print again! lol Anyhow, I did read over my printer specs and it states there is a 0.157 non-print border for all edges on all media types. Then it states to see application documentation for formatting data and printing. In any case, I went ahead and placed borders on the edges of my design to make it look a bit better and not so chopped off and it looks ok.

Again thanks for the help, it is much appreciated.

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HP scored brochure paper
by Robert Polk / May 1, 2005 3:08 AM PDT
In reply to: Show Crops

Just a bit OT but the other day I noticed that HP now sells a 8.5x11 paper scored for a tri fold. Solves my biggest problem of folding.
Bob

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