In printing terms, the bleed is the extra margin on a print product that is meant to be trimmed off when the product is trimmed to its final size. Bleed basically means that the color and graphics on a product "bleed off the page" to ensure continuity of the color to the edge of your product. For the best results, please download the product templates from this templates page and set your print-ready PDF's to the sizes shown on each template with bleed.
When we print products such as business cards and postcards, we do not print on paper of that size. We organize several products next to one another on a large sheet of paper, print, and then trim each individual product to size. Jobs cannot be trimmed perfectly on the trimming line each time. During the trimming process, a product may be trimmed within or beyond the trimming line. As a result, the product may have a white edge, or a portion of the artwork from the surrounding jobs. Thus, we require a bleed on each individual product so that when the product is trimmed, there is an extra margin to prevent imperfections.
Please provide .125" bleed with all print ready files that have color running to the edge!