The sample shows a business card. The same principle applies to any size document.

Why?: The bleed is an important part for cutting and for creating a document that looks the way you intend. No mechanical device is perfect and the bleed allows for the thickness of the cutting blade and/or the shifting of paper in the copier or press.

Backgrounds that bleed (in this sample a photo) is actually 3.75 inches wide by 2.25 inches tall. This allows for a 1/8 of an inch bleed. The black lines (crop Marks) show where the finished piece will be cut and are the actual size of the finished piece. The yellow line is for display purposes only.

The red box (for display only) shows where to start text and other items that do
not bleed. They should be 1/8” in from where the card will be cut.

Canyon Copy Bleed Sheet

In most Adobe or Quark products you will set the page size to the finished size and then set the bleed. Almost all other products, like Photoshop or Microsoft products, you will need to set the page size to be .25 inches larger to account for the bleed. You will have to set the margins and keep an eye on the text and other items so that you can keep the 1/8” bleed area and the 1/8” margin area.

Bleed must extend past the cut-line and will be trimmed from the product during the final cutting phase. When the image is required to extend all the way to the edge, bleed is needed to preserve the finished look and the quality of the final product.

Please keep all text at least 0.125″ inside the cut-line.

– The bleed for Standard Products is 0.125″.

Does Canyon Copy accept borders on jobs?

Yes, but if the border is too close to the cutline, it may be cut off-center slightly.

We cut through many sheets at a time, so watch your borders to avoid an unwanted mistake.


Please read this article about how to set up bleeds in Photoshop