Bleed or Bleeds is a printing term that is used to describe a document which has images or elements that touch the edge of the page or sheet, extending beyond the trim edge and leaving no white margin. When a document has bleed, it must be printed on a larger sheet of paper or a larger panel size and then trimed down to ensure the ink runs fully to the edge and does not stop short of it.
When ordering special effects like Foil or Spot UV job, You will need to include a second file in black and white along with the regular full color file.
Black and White file (this sample will be silver foil)
Sample with special effect added to print file
The Black and white file will be used to show where the special effect (Spot UV, Foil, Embossing, Etc) will be placed. You will need a spot file for each special effect and for each side of your print job.
Use BLACK (100% K) to indicate where you would like the special effect. White areas will not have the special effect.
FAQ: How do i set up a die line for cutting?
100% Magenta Die line - 1pt stroke weight
Die line should be a 1pt stroke weight with no filll and 100%M in color only. The computer picks up the magenta die line and cuts out the shape.
Files should always be converted into CMYK before submitting for print so you know what to expect. If you submit a RGB file you may not be satisfied with your job.
Why does your monitor look different then your printed project?
- There are several color models, but the two biggest are RGB and CMYK.
- RGB is the color model for light. Anything that deals with or needs light to function – think of TVs, computer screens, movie projectors, digital cameras, and phones – will work with the RGB model. To make things easy, color models are known by their primary colors, so, RGB stands for red, green, and blue.
- CMYK is the color model for print. The primary colors for this color model are cyan, magenta, yellow, and black. Printers do not have the added white ink.
- Because colors are created differently in each, there are going to be certain discrepancies when you move from one model to another, like from a business card design on your computer screen that gets printed out.
- Also problematic is that it’s possible to create millions of shades of color your computer, but not every shade is possible to replicate with ink.
- The best way to minimize shifting is to start your printed projects in cmyk color mode to begin with.
This chart is for you to choose colors by number to help your designer with a starting point for your color choices. Printing uses different colorspace then Pantone books and therefore will not match exactly on output of your printed product. We do not guarantee color output to match pantone numbers.
If you need to convert a pantone color to a close match for offset CMYK printing, we found this online tool.
HELP - Blues Shifting Purple
The issue of blue colors shifting to a purple during the printing process can happen if the file is not set up properly. This mainly effects offset printing such as business cards, postcards and brochures.
Also, Some bright blues seen on screen cannot be replicated during the printing process so it is best to always convert your files into cmyk so you can see the color shift.
Do you accept borders on print job?
1/4” Thick Border to trim line is acceptable and will finish centered.
Borders under 1/4” may be too thin to center properly and could possibly be finished off-cetner.
*We do not reccomend borders under 1/4" thick. Print at your own risk.