How to add crops and bleeds in Adobe when saving out a print ready .pdf
Creating wonderful designs is hard enough, without having the extra stress of wondering if the printers will send your design back because it doesn’t have the correct crop marks set (with bleeds).
This is a beginner level tutorial on how to create crops marks with bleed in Adobe Illustrator (same process for InDesign).
*Please note: always chat with your printer first. They may have specific needs. When they just want crop marks and bleeds, this is how.
You want to add them in the program. Please do not draw them on. Printers have imposition software that reads crop marks that are set in the software. Otherwise, they have to either do this step for you, or manually impose them.
Bleed is a printing term that is used to describe a document which has images or elements that touch the edge of the page, extending beyond the trim edge and leaving no white margin. When a document has bleed, it must be printed on a larger sheet of paper and then trimmed down. As a designer, you always want to make the printers life as easy as possible. You want them to have no trouble printing your design.
This is what we want our final printed piece to look like. Note the ink goes all the way to the edge.