How To Add Bleed in Illustrator in 4 easy steps

In this article, I will show you How to add bleed in Illustrator, and why it is important. Before we get into it, it is important to explain what the bleed area is and why it is important.

Sometimes when you print a document that has images or solid colors running up to the edge of the page, a white area is left out when you trim. To solve this problem, you need to add a bleed area on your document before you print. This is How to do it.

How to add bleed in Adobe Illustrator

Go to File> Document Set Up or Short Cut: Ctrl>Alt>P.

add bleed

A menu dialogue will pop up, and under Bleed and Slug set the bleed amount you need. This may vary from document to document. For example 3 mm bleed is perfect for a business card but not for a Hard Case book cover.

add bleed

Click Ok. You will notice a red border added outside the artboard size. This is the Bleed area.

bleed illustrator

If you can not see the red border, Go to View>Show Guides.

How to add bleed Area to your design

After introducing the bleed to the document you need to add it to your design. 

  1. Set your document artboard size
  1. Any solid color coming up to the edge should run up to the red bleed line border.
  2. When saving the document, make sure to include the bleed area in the final output.

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Written by: Denis Maina

I am an experienced and skilled graphic designer with a strong focus on Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. He specializes in creating a wide range of design materials, such as digital art, business cards, stationery, logos, flyers, posters, banner ads, brochures, PSD templates, and other graphics.

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