What Is Bleed?
Bleed is the extended size of a file past the final printed size. For example, if you’re getting a business card printed and the final size is 3.5 x 2″, the design file needed to be provided would be 3.75 x 2.25″. Bleed needed for most files is a quarter inch (1/4″ or 0.25″).
Why Is Bleed Important?
Bleed makes sure your design goes all the way to the edge of the paper. Let’s say you provided a document without bleed and had it printed, a white border would show up (see snapshot above).
Make sure all the files you have designed for you include a 1/4" bleed in them or you may be disappointed with your print results.