Ka-Blam Tip o’ the Day — It’s Gotta Bleed!

Extra white space can NEVER be a substitute for “bleed”. If you want your images to bleed off of the edges of the pages then that tiny bit of extra, expendable artwork (the bleed) is CRUCIAL. No press in the world is precise enough to produce the results you want without the margin for error that “the bleed” provides.


  1. I am new to all of this, and just want to clear some things up.
    If I were to choose the bleed option, and my artwork fit within the live area of the paper, but it had a color border to the edge of the document line, would that work??



  2. If I’m understanding what you are asking … you want your artwork to be confined to the live area and surrounded by a color border (still visible even AFTER the trim), sort of like a matted painting or art print. If that’s correct, then sure we can do that.

    BTW … you can choose whether or not your artwork extends all the way to edges of the canhttp://ka-blam.com/printing/front/wp-admin/edit-comments.php?comment_status=moderated#comments-formvas … so in that sense there is a “bleed option” I suppose. But the canvas size of all of your pages MUST be at full bleed dimensions, whether your art is confined to the live area or bleeds off.

  3. Hi,
    Does it cost more to print bleed pages?



  4. Nope.

  5. Hi,
    I don’t know how that bleed thing works. So here is my case…
    I made a standard comic of 36 pages + covers and inside covers. I made all my files in Photoshop. The images size are 7X10.5. The artwork covers all the canvas size, from edges to edges. I don’t want to lose parts of the artwork once printed and/or trimed.
    Can you tell me if it is OK just as it is or, if not, would you please explain to me what I have to do, step by step?

    Also, if possible, could you tell me how much shipping should I axpect to pay? TheMy zip code is:
    J2K 3L6 (Quebec, Canada)

    Thank you.
    Eric Leblanc

  6. Comics are trimmed to size. If you want your images to appear to bleed off the edges of the paper then you MUST give us some margin for error and allow us a sliver of artwork that can be safely trimmed away.

    Shipping is entirely dependent on volume. So I can’t answer the shipping question without being able to approximate the weight of your order.

  7. Thank you for the quick response.
    So, how much safe space do you need around the artwork (in inches)? Do I have to enlarge the canvas size by adding this extra space or should it be included in the 7X10.5 area?
    Again, thank you.

    Eric Leblanc

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