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Old 12-26-2012, 01:29 PM   #11
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Well, here's an amateurish answer (I'm not a pro, either!): bleeds are layouts where the printing goes right to the cut edge of the paper--like magazine covers. You print onto a bigger sheet of paper than your intended final size (cut size), and make sure your design slops over ("bleeds") beyond the cut size a little bit, so when the paper is cut after printing, you get the image right up to the cut. If you bleed 1/8 inch, that much gets trimmed off by the cutter, leaving a clean edge. The trim marks are positioned inside the bleed edge, to show the printer where to cut the paper.

   
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Old 12-26-2012, 01:35 PM   #12
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Howard-

That's essentially what I would have said. you're spot on.

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The trim marks are positioned inside the bleed edge, to show the printer where to cut the paper.
Oops, I misspoke (that's the trouble with us amateurs!). The trim marks are actually printed OUTside the bleed area, but are positioned so that the cut occurs INside the bleed area. Oh, and the "slug" is all the area outside the bleed where the printer's marks (trim marks, registration marks, color bars, etc.) are printed. It's mostly white and gets trimmed off with the bleed, so you never see it on the final product.

   
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Thanks again for the explanation! It makes a lot more sense now that I actually know what I am supposed to be creating.
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