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  What is 'creep'?

If you’re printing Saddle stitched brochures and are using a paper weight over 120gsm or have anything over 12 pages, you’ll need to allow for creep in your document.

Creep is the technical name for what happens when you fold a stack of pages together; the outer pages appear shorter as they wrap around the large inner bulk. Because of this, the inner pages stick out slightly and so are trimmed by us to give a nice, straight document edge. Anything that is printed over this trim line, like text or page numbers, will be cut away.

To combat creep, we always recommend that you avoid using images or text which go over a two page spread. The best way to avoid wonky page numbers, images or text is to make sure that everything is 5 - 6mm away from the edges of your page.

  How do I apply bleed?

For printed.com bleed of 3mm is required. Depending on what program you are using, you may be able to apply bleed when you are saving artwork as a PDF. In programs that do not have that option (eg. Word, Powerpoint and Photoshop) you will need to set up the page size as slightly larger to allow for the bleed.

If you'd like a little more help with this, check out our video tutorial page for more information.

  What is bleed?

Bleed is the 'edge' of a piece of artwork that goes beyond the trim edges of the printed piece. It’s important that artwork that touches the edge of the printed piece ‘bleeds’ outside of the trim line to make sure that when it’s finished there is no risk of a white ‘edge’ appearing on the finished piece.

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