What is bleed in large format printing?
There are many web sites claiming that large format printing does not require bleed. As with all printing it is highly recommended that bleed and crop marks are applied to all single page documents. The exception is brochures and magazines where different rules apply. See below.
On posters up to A0 we recommend your PDF or artwork is supplied with 2/3mm bleed with crop marks.
On roller banners, banners and pop ups we recommend 5mm bleed with crop marks.
What is bleed in Magazines and Brochures?
The vast majority of printers will only accept PDF's for brochure and magazine work to their specifications. Always check with your printer before sending PDF's
Printing from an application. 3mm bleed needs to be applied to outer sides of the spread ON ALL PAGES.
Printing from PDF. 3mm bleed. Supply as single pages. Crop marks and registration marks are normally not required, check with your printer.
Creep in Magazines and Brochures?
When you fold multiple pages the outer sheets fall short of the centre pages. This is referred to as creep. We recommend that you do not bother with creep on anything less 48pp. 3mm bleed with naturally cover this. Anything over this when suppling PDFs you may wish to compensate. Both InDesign and Quark allow for this.