A bleed in printing is used when your photo, design or artwork extends to the edges of the paper.
The easiest way to explain a bleed is that it is an extra inch or so added to your project to ensure you will not see any white lines or areas around your prints when they are cut to their final size. Typically, bleeds range anywhere from .125 inches to .5 inches, depending on the type of project and the printer you are working with.
At Tepsi, we use a .125” bleed. This means if you are creating a postcard that you want to be 5×7 once printed, the file submitted needs to be 5.25×7.25. This file size reflects a .125” bleed on each side of your postcard.
When do you need a bleed? We highly recommend adding a bleed to all of your projects.