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Home / Coffee Table Books / The importance of bleed with crop marks

The importance of bleed with crop marks

As a growing number of photographers are submitting their own designs for books and albums, we would like to present a visual series of the stages taken when wrapping the cover. It is vitaly important to understand the reason we request bleed and how to best use the crop marks to your advantage. Understanging what happens will allow the designer to take the design and elements of the cover to the next level. In this example you will notice the use of a floral effect and how it is given dimension by allowing it to continue over the end of the page and appear to wrap back into the pages.

Our thanks to VA Media for permission to photograph their covers for this demonstration.

Our various cover templates are available for download via this link on our website: http://www.studio22.co.za/covertemplates.htm
These files are all in PSD format for use in Photoshop. Our templates are blank and have no design element, they are intended purley as a guide for the canvas size, bleed and crop marks.

For more info on our covers, be sure to read, “How to use our cover templates”.

Stage one shows the full cover with the entire image pasted to the front cover board. You will notice the important images remain within the area allocated by the crop marks yet some of the design elements bleed over and continue to the end of the printed cover material.

A closer view:
The crop marks have been trimmed off at this stage (for a neater fold) as the cover has already been pasted to the backing board.

Stage two shows where the top and bottom parts are wrapped over the cover.
A closer view:

Stage three shows as the right side of the front cover wraps over the edge – completing the cover. It is now ready to have the body of pages inserted.
A closer view:
The close up side view below shows the additional amount of the printed material required to wrap around to the back of the cover, this is another reason we request a minimum of 10 mm bleed – more is welcome.
Here is another view from the “inside”, the more ‘extra’ image there is the more can wrap over to this side.

Another example:
img_0368The image on the left show the entire sheet printed with the crop marks. The image on the left has red lines projected over the crop marks to indicate where the sheet will wrap over the cover board.

Please do not hesitate to leave your comment. Your questions and comments will be used to improve the information for other readers.

Best of luck and enjoy your designing.