As far as bleeds go, consider the published ad sizes the safe area and typically you will add 1/2″ to each side that’s visible and a minimum of a 1/4″ on each side that’s bleed.
FULL AND HALF PAGE EXAMPLES GIVEN BELOW
A full page ad with bleed would be:
- 7.5″x10″ safe area area that you should keep the text and main content of your ad within.
- 8.5″x11″ visible the final page size is 8.5” x 11” once finished and cut so this is the area that will be seen.
- 9″x11.5″ bleed minimum (or 9.5″x12″ bleed preferred) this is the area that will likely be cut but should have color from your ad so that if the cut isn’t dead on, the ad color will still come to the edge.
Half page ad with bleeds would be:
- 7.5″x4.9″ safe area
- 8.5″x5.15″ visible
- 9″x5.4″ bleed
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