21 Replies Latest reply on Jan 11, 2012 5:05 AM by BobLevine

    Export to PDF, Lose Bleed Every Time

    TTPub

      I've exported thr same file to pdf at least two dozen times and I cannot get the bleed to show up.

       

      There is a .125" bleed on top, bottom, and exterior in InDesign.  When exporting, I have tried "use the document's bleed setting," but I get no bleed.  I have tried adding the size fo the bleed through the export menu-- no bleed.  Nothing I do can make a bleed.

       

      I HAVE to have the bleed for the book printer.  They've sent this file back repeatedly because of the bleed issue. 

       

      Thanks to anyone who might know how to solve this!

       

      ~~Kate

        • 1. Re: Export to PDF, Lose Bleed Every Time
          tman69 Level 3

          what version of Indesign are you using? what platform--MAC or PC?

          do you have 'bleed' set in the 'document setup' dialog?

          do your pages actually bleed?

          can you post a screen shot of one of your pages?

          can you post a screen shot of your export dialog box-specifically the 'marks and bleeds' section?

           

          assuming that you have bleed set for the document--the export dialog should look like this

           

          indesign-export-pdf-options.jpgInDesign-Document-Setup.jpg

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          • 2. Re: Export to PDF, Lose Bleed Every Time
            TTPub Level 1

            Hi!

             

            I am in CS5, Windows 7.

             

            I have the bleed set within the document and the image does extend to the bleed.

             

            ssdocsetmenu.JPG

             

             

            IMAGE EXTEND TO BLEED IN DOCUMENT

            ssspread.JPG

             

             

            EXPORT TO PDF MENU

             

            ssexpmenu.JPG

             

             

            KEEP THE DOC BLEED SETTINGS

             

             

            ssbleed menu.JPG

             

            No Bleed

             

            ssnobleed.JPG

             

            Thank you for responding!!!  I'm stumped.

            • 3. Re: Export to PDF, Lose Bleed Every Time
              Peter Spier Most Valuable Participant (Moderator)

              Not sure what I'm looking at in the last screen shot.

               

              It wouldn't sirprise me though if the printer is confused. You haven't used trim marks, so there won't be any immediate visual indication on the PDF itself that there is a bleed. They would have to find the bleed box using peflight or imposition software, and they may not be going that far. When you hover the mouse in the lower left corner of the PDF, doe the document dimensions that pop up match the page trimmed page size, or the bleed dimensions?

               

              I would export including crop marks, and you should increase the offset on those to push them completely outside the bleed area. ID's default offset impinges into the bleed slightly.

              • 4. Re: Export to PDF, Lose Bleed Every Time
                TTPub Level 1

                Peter... the page size shows as though there were a bleed.  It's actually larger than with the .125 bleed I on three sides.  Page size is 8.5.  Top, bottom, ext bleed = .125", interior=0.  Should be 8.625w x 8.75h

                 

                sspagesize.JPG

                • 5. Re: Export to PDF, Lose Bleed Every Time
                  Peter Spier Most Valuable Participant (Moderator)

                  The larger numbers would be normal if you now have included marks. The page dimension are for  the full extent of wahtever is there, and the marks should be outside the bleed.

                  • 6. Re: Export to PDF, Lose Bleed Every Time
                    TTPub Level 1

                    With bleed marks.  How can it show bleed marks and have no bleed?  I don't understand.

                    ssbleedmarks.JPG

                    • 7. Re: Export to PDF, Lose Bleed Every Time
                      Laubender Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                      In AcrobatPro oder AdobeReader go to: "Preferences…/Categories: PageDisplay/Page Content and Information" and check:

                       

                      1. Show art, trim & bleed boxes
                      2. Always show document page size

                       

                      and set "Use Overprint Preview" to "Always"

                       

                      This last step is optional, but I would recommend it.

                       

                      Then do a screenshot of the lower left corner of your pdf shown in Acrobat. Just like the screen shot here (perhaps a bit more to see):

                       

                      LowerLeftCornerOfPDF_AcrobatScreenShot.png
                      The green box is the TrimBox (the net size of your page), the blue box is the BleedBox (in my case 3 mm apart from the TrimBox).
                      Grey rectangle is an object on my page that "bleeds" to the left.

                       

                      The document page size shown here is the size of the CropBox (and the size of the MediaBox which is invisible to the "Crop Pages"-panel in Acrobat Pro (something Adobe should have fixed years ago)).

                       

                      Uwe

                      • 8. Re: Export to PDF, Lose Bleed Every Time
                        Peter Spier Most Valuable Participant (Moderator)

                        TTPub wrote:

                         

                        With bleed marks.

                        AH HA!

                         

                        I believe we have identified the problem. Bleed marks indicate the outside of the bleed, and are essentially useless 99.9% of the time. Your printer is confusing these with the missing Crop or Trim marks, which would be set at the line of the edge of the page (set in from the edge of the bleed) and show where to cut:Crop Marks.png

                         

                        You get these marks by checking the Crop Marks box (the first one on the list) in the Printer's Marks list in the export dialog. It's OK to also have the bleed marks, but I've never had a printer actually ask for them. Without crop marks, though, they have no way to know where to trim unless they are advanced thinkers and read the job ticket to get the page size, but that can still be a problem if, as in your case, the bleeds are uneven. In their shoes I wouldn't want the responsibility for making that decision, either, and adding the correct marks will make everyone happy, I think.

                        • 9. Re: Export to PDF, Lose Bleed Every Time
                          TTPub Level 1

                          LAubender...

                           

                          I did what you said, and I can see the bleed, but the printer keeps rejecting it.

                           

                          This is a snip of the bottom of one page, top of another.  Bleed is clearly visible.

                           

                          ssbleedthere.JPG

                           

                          Why would my printer still be rejecting this?

                          • 10. Re: Export to PDF, Lose Bleed Every Time
                            Peter Spier Most Valuable Participant (Moderator)

                            See my post above and look at the difference betweeen your marks and mine relative to the corner of the outside of the bleed. You need CROP marks, not bleed marks, to make this guy happy.

                            • 11. Re: Export to PDF, Lose Bleed Every Time
                              Laubender Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                              @Peter:

                              You need CROP marks, not bleed marks, to make this guy happy.


                              With an decent pdf workflow this guy would be happy with a TrimBox that fits.

                               

                              @TTPub: are you really sure you see the TrimBox (the red rectangle in your screenshot)? Go to the "Crop Pages"-panel in Acrobat Pro and check for that. If that's the case why is this print guy still complaining? You leave me  speachless…

                               

                              Uwe

                              • 12. Re: Export to PDF, Lose Bleed Every Time
                                Peter Spier Most Valuable Participant (Moderator)

                                @ Laubender,

                                 

                                With an decent pdf workflow this guy would be happy with a TrimBox that fits.

                                And do you think he's happy? Or that he has a decent PDF workflow?

                                • 13. Re: Export to PDF, Lose Bleed Every Time
                                  opk84 Level 1

                                  Sorry to bump this thread, but I have read all the comments concerning the bleed (here as well) and I still can't find a solution. I did what Laubender suggested, but only a red layer appears and yet the bleed is cut. Can you help please? Thanks.

                                  • 14. Re: Export to PDF, Lose Bleed Every Time
                                    BobLevine MVP & Adobe Community Professional

                                    I’m sorry, but you’re going to have to do better than saying, “me too.” We need full details from you including screenshots.

                                     

                                     

                                     

                                    Bob

                                    • 15. Re: Export to PDF, Lose Bleed Every Time
                                      Peter Spier Most Valuable Participant (Moderator)

                                      PLease post a screen shot od a corner of your Indesign document, and screen shots of the same corner of the PDF, and of the marks and bleeds section of the Export didialog for the settings you are using.

                                      • 16. Re: Export to PDF, Lose Bleed Every Time
                                        opk84 Level 1

                                        InDesign

                                        (

                                        PDF

                                        as it should be

                                        settings

                                         

                                        (sorry, couldn't upload directly to the forum)

                                         

                                        Thanks for helping

                                        • 17. Re: Export to PDF, Lose Bleed Every Time
                                          BobLevine MVP & Adobe Community Professional

                                          Your document bleed settings are zero.

                                           

                                           

                                           

                                          Bob

                                          • 18. Re: Export to PDF, Lose Bleed Every Time
                                            Eugene Tyson Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                                            That would have been my first guess

                                            • 19. Re: Export to PDF, Lose Bleed Every Time
                                              opk84 Level 1

                                              How silly, didn't see that! Thanks!

                                              • 20. Re: Export to PDF, Lose Bleed Every Time
                                                Peter Spier Most Valuable Participant (Moderator)

                                                To expand a bit on Bob and Eugene's explanation, to set a document bleed you must go to Document Setup, and if the Bleed and Slug fields are not showing, press the More Options button to reveal them, then enter an amount in the the Bleed fields. This will add an additional guide outside the page for the defined bleed and one for the slug as well, if you define that too. Now when you select Use Document Bleed in the print or Export dialogs, the area between the page edge and the bleed guide will be included.

                                                 

                                                You don't HAVE to set your bleeds this way, but it's convenient. In cases where there is no set document bleed, or you want to use a different value, instead of Use Document Bleed, uncheck that box and enter values into the fields in the dialog.

                                                • 21. Re: Export to PDF, Lose Bleed Every Time
                                                  BobLevine MVP & Adobe Community Professional

                                                  Eugene Tyson wrote:

                                                   

                                                  That would have been my first guess

                                                  It wasn't a guess. I cheated and looked at the screen shots. <g>

                                                   

                                                  Bob