Building bleed into a vector program


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If you use a vector program like ("Adobe Illustrator"), set the new document size to the trim size, Let's say 5x7 and pull any color or picture boxes outside the borders. Illustrator is a great single page design program for say postcards or flyers but doesn't facilitate building excess pages real well such as catalogs or printed books.

One common problem with designs in vector programs is the use of spreads. Spreads are the combination of two pages that will eventually form a folded piece. Most designers create a document with the overall size. When the printer gets the document he sometimes has to modify the document to his equipment for the final product. Modifications that we are talking about are very small and no commercial printer should alter art without discussing with the designer.

Designing the overall page can sometimes cause problems. In most cases, for example, you want to build a design for an 11x17 folded pamphlet or brochure. We know 11x17 folded is 8.5x11 but we create an 11x17 document. In building your design, you don't want your image to crossover or bleed over the fold so you create a picture placement box that ends at 8.5. When this document gets to the commercial printer he may have to separate the pages to build in creep or binding.

By creating the document in 8.5x11 pages, he can use a page layout program and place the pages where and how he needs them for final results. This form of thinking is not always possible; such is the case of multiple folds in a design. One cannot really visualize the design in its multiple fold stages. In this case make the document the overall size of the trimmed piece and pull the picture placement boxes outside the borders, more than likely you will build the images to stop at the folds.

See also:
- Trapping in Printing
- Folding of Printed Products
- Bindings For Printed Products

Written by Buzz Tatom
buzz@odeecompany.com
The Odee Company, Dallas, Texas