- Saving as an image. If you save your file into a raster format such as jpeg, png, or tiff, the fonts become part of the image and font files become irrelevant. This will make those fonts harder to edit at a later date, so it is advisable to save a copy of your document before making this edit.
- Embedding. This can be dependent on your font’s licensing restrictions, but most software packages will embed fonts into PDF files by default. Otherwise, you should double check that you have ticked the relevant options for your software package. This ensures that the fonts are packaged into the document and can be opened on another computer accurately.
- Converting to Outlines. In many design software packages, the option exists to convert your fonts from using their font files into pure vectors, and will always ensure that your fonts remain as you intend. It does make the fonts more difficult to edit at a later date.
This means that you should not have anything in your bleed which you intend to be seen on your final design, as it will never appear.
The bleed also serves a second purpose. It’s almost impossible to ensure your design is always cut precisely aligned with how you intend – there is always around a 1-2mm margin of error. With 3mm of bleed added on (which is the industry standard) this ensures that even if your product is cut within that margin of error, no white lines or borders will have a chance of appearing on your design.
Because of this margin of error, it’s advisable that you also include an area known as a ‘safety’ margin around the edge of your document. This is part of your design that your intend to appear but that does not contain any important details or text which you wish to appear. This margin should be on the inside of your document bounds.
Therefore, on a 105mm x 148mm A6 flyer, your important details and integral visual elements should sit within a 99mm x 142mm area.
|Size Name||Size in cm (without bleed area)||Size in pixels 300dpi (without bleed area)||Size in cm (with bleed area)||Size in pixels 300dpi (with bleed area)|
|Business Card||8.5 x 5.5 cm||1004 x 650||9.1 x 6.1 cm||1075 x 720|
|DL / Comp Slip||9.9 x 21.0 cm||1169 x 2480||10.5 x 21.6 cm||1240 x 2551|
|A6||14.8 x 10.5 cm||1748 x 1240||15.4 x 11.1 cm||1819 x 1311|
|A5||21.0 x 14.8 cm||2480 x 1748||21.6 x 15.4 cm||2551 x 1819|
|A4||29.7 x 21.0 cm||3508 x 2480||30.3 x 21.6 cm||3579 x 2551|
|A3||42.0 x 29.7 cm||4961 x 3605||42.6 x 30.3 cm||5031 x 3579|
|A2||59.4 x 42.0 cm||7016 x 4961||60.0 x 42.6 cm||7087 x 5031|
|A1||84.1 x 59.4 cm||9933 x 7016||84.7 x 60.0 cm||10004 x 7087|
|A0||118.9 x 84.1 cm||14043 x 9933||119.5 x 84.7 cm||14114 x 10004|