How to Create a Bleed in InDesign

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In my last post we discussed what a bleed was and why you needed it. Today we are going to discuss how to setup an InDesign document with a bleed.

After opening InDesign you need to create a new document (if you have already created your document, you can go to File>Document Setup…) you will see something similar to this


If you look toward the bottom of the window you will see a section for Bleed and Slug (you may have to hit the arrow to show the information) This is where you add your bleed to your document. I would suggest setting it to .125 in (that is 1/8 of an inch).

You will notice a new boundary line in your document (depending on how you have your view setup, you should see a red line outside the area of your page)…this is your bleed area. Remember, anything that is between the edge of the page and the red line will be trimmed off.

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Ok now that you have a document with a bleed, you need to be able produce a high resolution PDF with the bleed properly identified, which incidentally, will be my next post….