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How do I create

Bleed

in Photoshop?

These basic instructions are for version

CS3

. You may have to adapt them for other versions.

Well, first thing to say here is that Photoshop is a photo editing software which you use to

create a design to place into a page layout software like InDesign.

However, there is no reason why you can’t create a sucessful design for one or two pages and

incorporate bleed.

Let’s assume you want an A4 document and you want images to go right to the edge of the

sheet.

We now know that we have to

extend these images off the edge of

the page so when guillotined down,

we end up with a nice clean edge

with no white border showing.

Therefore we need to start with a

sheet bigger than A4.

The first question though is CMYK

or RGB?

If you know what you are doing and

work in CMYK then follow the

example. If you’re not use RGB.

Now we need to set up some guides for ourself so we can see the

Bleed

area.

We want to be accurate so don’t rely on dragging guides into position.

Instead, choose View > New Guide and set 4 guides exactly 3mm from the edge of the sheet.

(Vertical ones at 0.3cm & 21.3cm) (Horizontal ones at 0.3cm & 30cm)

That’s the

Bleed

sorted out.

Now we need to add margins for ourself to make sure we don’t put any text or important data

too close to the edge of where the sheet is going to be cut.

It’s exactly the same procedure.

View > New Guide and set 4 guides exactly 1.0cm from the edge of the sheet.

(Vertical ones at 1.0cm & 20.6cm) (Horizontal ones at 1.0cm & 29.3cm)

Now View > Lock Guides