Bleed is the amount of space needed to print from edge to edge without a white border.
Full Bleed = Edge to Edge printing
For single page photographic prints: machines allow for a slight difference in print sizes and alignments by overlaying your image over the paper to avoid having a white border. The problem with this is you can lose a good portion of the edge of your layouts. If your layout has a thin border, the border can appear uneven or completely gone on one or more edge.
Our goal, at Persnickety, is to print your image centered evenly with as little overlay as possible. You can be confident that your image will appear as expected as our trim is less than 1/16 of an inch.
For Example, Molly Weight printed her layouts at "another printing place" before she found Persnickety Prints. Molly created this double page 12x24 spread in Photoshop, printing each 12x12 separately.
Here is what her layout looks like on her screen
And here is what she got from that "other printing company" ...
We used the EXACT same file and reprinted this layout for her on our machines, and with our professional personal expertise, you can't get better than this!
It is hard to show print comparisons by taking a picture of a picture, but hopefully this post will help you get the gist of it!
Also, if you look real close, you may see difference in sharpness and clarity too.... just sayin!
Remember, this bleed/trim reflects our single page prints. We are able to move, align, and adjust each layout on a computer monitor BEFORE it is printed. We then inspect each print AFTER it is printed. If we don't get it right, we print it again. That my friends, is some Persnickety Printing!
EXAMPLE- We found this blog post/review where a customer held up her print to her monitor to compare the bleed-
We don't mean to brag, but that is pretty near PERFECT! ... read the rest of the review here.
P.S. We DON'T USE INK- are YOUR layouts Water Proof? Check out our live demo HERE.
If you have important text or an image right next to the edge and you are worried, try Cassel's PSP's amazing script that can be used on any merged image! Check it out HERE
Printing on Cardstock: Please add up to .25" of bleed on all sides for trimming. For a 5x7 card you will need to design it at 5.25x7.25 to allow for trimming.
Download Card Templates Here.
Photo Books are a COMPLETELY different story. We can tackle Photo Books in detail on another day. Just know that bleed, borders, and alignment in a photo book print process is much different. We recommend that all of our customers use Wendy's Persnickety Prints photo book toolkitbefore ordering photo books.