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What is bleed and do I need it?

Bleed is the industry term for any color or image that goes right to the edge of the paper. What actually happens is that the picture or other graphic extends beyond the edge of the page and that excess image or color is then cut off as a part of the bindery or finishing process. The way to create bleed is to simply make certain that the image or graphic extends off the edge of the page to a distance of 1/4″ wherever you want something to bleed.

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FAQ

What should the resolution for my image or graphic be?

Resolution should be set at 300 dpi. Image quality is very important in how graphics will reproduce. FYI, Graphics pulled from the internet tend to be 72 dpi and reproduce very poorly. Avoid using those graphics because they will look pixelated when printed. Read More

Do you prefer RGB or CMYK?

If possible, save all graphics in CMYK mode.  RGB do not typically print as true to color as CMYK.... Read More

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