4 Replies Latest reply on Jul 26, 2013 2:25 AM by Derek Cross

    Printing Catalogue using InDesign and Slug/Bleeding


      Hey all. So i am a newbie to InDesign and I need to create a catalogue. I have done a rough draft of what it should look like in Word but now i am ready to start implementing the final in InDesign. Just a few things i need to be cleared first so that the document can be ready for printing. So i need to align the text to make sure that when the catalogue pages are combined when printed, the text doesn't dissapear or get cut off into the gap in between the pages. There needs to be a reasonable amount of space from the edge of the page from the left and right side. Is there a setting where i can determine this and prevent the cutting off the text from happening? I see in InDesign that there are purply-pink borders on the pages.. does this determine that the text needs to stay inside this area so that the text wont get cut off? I am also unsure as to what the Bleed and Slug is used for too.. Any help with clearing these questions will be much appreciatted. Thanks.

        • 3. Re: Printing Catalogue using InDesign and Slug/Bleeding
          Eugene Tyson Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          As long as your text is at a safe distance from the edge of the page - you're fine. Or any material that is intended to be viewed by the reader- this needs to be in the "Safe Type Area" as illustrated above.


          You can talk to your printers about this safe area.


          Bleed area is there for the printers - talk to them about how much you need. This is the area for anything that needs to be right on the page edge, it needs to extend past the page edge for trimming purposes. You need to ensure that these items extend from the page into the page area.


          Slug area - that's more for technical information to relay to the printers. For example, I might create a "spot uv" and have it "bleed" off the page. But I might put "SPOT UV ONLY" in the slug area so that the person operating the printing machine can see that information.


          We used to have secret communications with the printers for a bit of fun, "What are you doing this weekend, we're thinking of going to a festival!" and this would appear on the printed sheet outside the bleed and outside the print job.


          Needless to say, once the foreman saw our little communications on the print sheets he had strong words with us. But we retaliated with "Geez lighten up!" on the next job

          • 4. Re: Printing Catalogue using InDesign and Slug/Bleeding
            Derek Cross Adobe Community Professional

            Hi Aysha

            I'd like to come at this from a slightly different angle. If the job you are to produce has a small print run, and is relatively unimportant, then fine learn on the job. But if the job is important, perhaps vital to the success of a business and costing a lot of money to print, then I would suggest you go to a professional designer. Things can easily go wrong, or look amateurish, if you don't know what you're doing in the world of professional publishing and printing.