PS-34 - Creating a Print bleed to your canvas

13 December, 2014

Creating a print bleeds is something which the web designers or other web user won't use much, but when we need to print something with a proper printing guidelines then we will be wondering how to get it done.

It's the easiest thing you can do inside Photoshop. This will work on all your documents but for the sake of this tutorial i'll create from a new document.


01. I'll create a new Wallet size document, which is 2x3 inches with 300dpi.

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02. If your ruler is in pixels, change to inches. Not that it matters, but it is a good practice when working with print documents.

Drag and drop the Guide to all four edges. The guide is the original document size, and whatever space outside the guide (after we extend the document) is the bleed.

To create a Perfect Guides, check this tutorial Tutorial 35 - How to create a Perfect guides

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03. Now go to Image menu and select 'Canvas Size.' In the Canvas size window add the bleed to the existing width and height. I'll add .25 to the width and height of my document. Leave other options as it is.

If your document ruler is set to inches, the Width and Height will show you in inches automatically, if not you have to manually use the dropdown to change from pixel to inches.

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04. Click OK on the Canvas size window to extend your document.

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05. If the foreground and the background color is set to default (foreground to black and background to white), after you extend the document the bleed area will be in white (background color)

If you want the bleed area to be in different color, then use the Canvas extension color dropdown in the Canvas size window. You can also click on the Color well (small box next to the dropdown) to open the Color picker window.

Note, the canvas extension color will change the color only to the extended area (outside the guide) and does not affect the original document background (inside the guide)

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