What is a Bleed?
“Bleed” is a printing term that refers to an extension of printing (artwork) beyond the finished product trim size. Any artwork that is meant to touch the edges of a page, should be extended 1/8″ past the final trim size of your project. The reason printers ask for bleed on documents is to account for the slight mechanical inconsistencies that trimming equipment can have. Think of it as a “margin for error”. Not having the appropriate bleed content can lead to “white paper space” at the edge of your comics. Applications such as Adobe InDesign and Illustrator can be helpful when doing final project layouts. These applications allow you to set up documents with bleed guidelines. All our templates include the proper amount of bleed and you can download them here!