You can create a bleed with text, pictures, or any other type of object.
Important To create a bleed (bleed: The extent to which a picture runs off the printed page.), you need to set your publication up to print on a sheet of paper that is larger than the finished publication page that you want.
For example, if you are printing to a desktop printer and your publication page is a standard letter size, you need to print your publication on larger paper —such as legal or tabloid paper —so that, after you trim the paper, it will be the finished standard letter size that you want. If you are printing to an imagesetter (imagesetter: A high resolution output device that prints to paper or film, or directly to a press plate. Publications that will be commercially printed are usually output from an imagesetter as the first step toward going to press.), you can print on a specialized paper size such as Letter.Extra. The paper size that you select depends on the paper sizes that are supported by your desktop printer or imagesetter.
- On the File menu, click Page Setup.
- In the Page Setup dialog box, under Page, select the dimensions that you want.
Your selection represents the page size of the printer paper. If you need to create a bleed, be sure to change the paper size so that the publication will fit on the paper after it has been printed and trimmed. To create a custom page size, enter your changes in the Width and Height boxes, and make sure that you select a paper size that is larger than your finished publication page size.
- Position the object that you want to bleed so that it extends beyond the edges of the publication page.
The publication page
- On the File menu, click Print, and then click the Printer Details tab.
- Click Advanced Printer Setup, and then click the Page Settings tab.
- Under Printer's marks, select the Crop marks check box.
- Under Bleeds, select the Allow bleeds and Bleed marks check boxes, and then click OK.
- In the Printer name list, select the printer that you want to use, and then click Print.
After you print, trim the paper to the size of the publication by using the crop marks as your guides.