What is bleed?

Bleed is confusing because it can refer to both the design of the piece and how it is set up for printing. Bleed for printing means that you when save your document for printing you create a document with excess that will be trimmed off in the production process. Any content that goes to the trim edge should continue past to the bleed size. Bleed in your print files is necessary to account for the material shift that occurs in the printing and finishing processes AND to let them work properly with our CNC routers and cutters.