Add Bleed (Fixup Group)

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Availability: All Workflow Plus versions, Workflow Prepress, Workflow Print with Automation Toolbox as well as Workflow Print (partial).

To ensure that there is sufficient space when applying post production finishing such as when cutting a print item using dielines, content creators are required to add a bleed directly to the print data. A common mistake is forgetting to include the bleed or adding a bleed that is not sufficient for production purposes. A sufficient amount of bleed (commonly referred to as bleed, bleed allowance or overfiller (commonly misinterpreted in Austria), is essential for accurately producing print data.

In this article we'll learn:

  • How to apply bleed to the print item
  • Which options are available in the Workflow for creating/adding bleed
  • How you can add bleed to an irregular shape.

1. General

The Fixups listed below are located under the Add Bleed drop-down menu [1], which can be found in the footer of the Document Information and User-defined Fields area under the Print Data tab [2]. These Fixups are also located under the Data Preparation tab [3].

The Fixups contained in this group can be used to create/add bleed to a print item or to extend/limit an existing bleed. Bleed can be created differently depending on the Fixup selected, starting with the defined position: page geometry box or a dieline for example. You can find additional Fixups which also address issue concerning bleed by selecting the search terms Bleed and under the Action sub-panel by selecting Clip and Add under the Data Preparation tab.

Figure 1: The Print Data tab showing the expanded Add Bleed drop-down menu.

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2. Fixups contained in the Add Bleed group

A description of the individual Fixups are written below:

2.1. Create Bleed on Irregular Shape

This Fixup can create bleed along irregular shapes based on dieline selected. The bleed is created using pixel repetition but without adding a technical color. Determine the amount of pixels which should be repeated by entering an offset value.

Figure 2: The Basic Settings and Advanced tabs in the Create Bleed on Irregular Shape Fixup.

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Detailed information regarding the functionality of this Fixup and corresponding sample files can be found here.

2.2. Create Bleed by Upscaling

The aim of this Fixup is to create additional bleed by scaling existing print item content. This option will only be effective if, the print item dimensions in terms of width and height are relatively similar, and, if there is no important information in the margin of the print item. The latter for example, can lead to information being trimmed in the finishing process.

Figure 3: The Create Bleed by Upscaling Fixup dialog.

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Detailed information regarding the functionality of this Fixup and corresponding sample files can be found here.

2.3. Create Bleed by Mirroring

The aim of this Fixup is to create bleed using either: pixel repetition, mirroring or by stretching pixel content from the print item. Choosing the most effective method highly depends on the existing print item content.

Figure 4: The Basic Settings and Advanced tabs of the Create Bleed by Mirroring Fixup dialog.

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Detailed information regarding the functionality of this Fixup and corresponding sample files can be found here.