Artwork Bleed For CD Duplication Booklets

One of the main reasons we have to reject artwork for CD duplication is due to designs not having suitable bleed. All designs for commercial print require bleed, whether it be CD duplication booklets, flyers or packaging. Bleed ensures that no visible white markings end up around the edges of the final print by compensating for any cut tolerance during print finishing.

All print finishing equipment such as guillotines, folders and perforators have what is referred to as a tolerance. This tolerance is a very small amount of play or movement that can occur under operating. It is very hard to make a cut in stacks of CD duplication booklets or other paper at the exact same place on each sheet. Due to machine tolerance and the fact that stacks of print can be uneven it is widely accepted that the cut could be up to a millimetre in difference between each sheet.

This tolerance is why bleed is so important. Artwork bleed is usually an extra 2-3mm of the artwork so that a millimetre tolerance of the print finishing will not be visible on the final print.

All Testa-Rossa CD duplication artwork templates incorporate an area of 3mm bleed. On most of our templates the bleed needs to extent up the red dotted lines. This means that all graphics and background images need to extend by an extra 3mm up to this bleed marking.

Any artwork that we receive that does not have 3mm bleed will be rejected by our reprographics department. So to save time and potential artwork re-supply charges always ensure that you include 3mm bleed in your artwork and designs.

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