6 Replies Latest reply on Jul 29, 2017 3:56 PM by Willi Adelberger

    Crop and Bleed


      I am trying to lay out some trading cards I want printed on a piece of 12.2 x 19 paper. They want crop and bleed marks and I haven't used indesign in like 4 years. I forget how to add rows and columns of bleed and crop. I tried using rulers for it, but I figure this doesn't work. It will have to be symmetrical so when it's flipped over to print the rear of the cards everything lines up.


      Here is what I am trying to do, (it's an example, things should and will look better once I figure it out) - Imgur: The most awesome images on the Internet

        • 1. Re: Crop and Bleed
          Derek Cross Adobe Community Professional

          When you start a new document (File > New > Document) select Print as the Intent and for the Page Size (TPS – trimmed page size), for example 12.2 x 19, to this add 3mm to each edge (if it's one sheet)  for bleed, and also in this New document panel you can select the number of columns, and other features. You add Crop marks when you export the InDesign document as a PDF for printing.

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          • 2. Re: Crop and Bleed
            amaarora Adobe Employee


            Did you try adding guides to the master page? And then applying the same master page on the back and forth pages. Fyi: these guides wont be printed and are no way similar to crop and bleed marks. However with the guides you would be able to place the card images on the front and back just like the the screenshot you have shown...

            If you want to use crop and bleed marks, then use separate page for each side of the card instead of the above approach. In this case, each page will have one card image whereas in the above each page will have multiple card images.



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            • 3. Re: Crop and Bleed
              Derek Cross Adobe Community Professional

              I would make these up as separate documents and export them as a PDF/X-4 and get your printer to impose them.

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              • 4. Re: Crop and Bleed
                BriniaSona Level 1

                All the Master Files are made in photoshop. Should I remake them all in InDesign?


                The printer also requested that they all be on one filed that is ready to print, otherwise I would be charged more. I wanted to take the photoshop file an copy each one to the indesign file, but that doesnt seem like it can be done anymore.

                • 5. Re: Crop and Bleed
                  Derek Cross Adobe Community Professional

                  As you were posting in the InDesign forum I assumed you were using InDesign. If your a/w is already made up in Photoshop you may as well stay with that, assuming you've allowed for bleed. I would get the printer to impose - maybe you should consider changing printers!

                  • 6. Re: Crop and Bleed
                    Willi Adelberger Most Valuable Participant

                    Do it in InDesign. Creating text in Photoshop is not a good idea. Bring the printer a PDF/X-4 exported from InDesign.

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