Adding Bleed to a Publisher Document for Commercial Printing
You may need to add bleed to your Publisher design in order to print with a commercial printer. Watch the tutorial video below and learn how to add bleed to your template in Microsoft Publisher.
You will find this process easier if you turn on your guides. Go to View and select Boundaries and Guides.
Go to File > Page Setup and customize your document size to create a guide for the bleed area. You want to add 1/8” (.125″) to each side of the document. For example, if you are working with an 8.5″ x 11″ brochure, your new document size will be 8.75″ x 11.25″.
You can now begin creating your bleed. Extend any graphic that touched the edge of the original document to the current page size.
If your graphic is a vector, you can pull the edges out without pixelating the graphic. However if your graphic is a JPG photograph, be careful not to stretch the image too much which may cause distortion. Use the crop tool or limit how much you scale the image.
Note: Your fold lines will not change, so only extend the graphics touching the page edges.
Continue adjusting any additional pages. Once you are finished, return the document size to the original page size.
You will see that you now have 1/8” of each graphic extending past the document edge.
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