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Useful Info

A heads up on terminology.

If you don’t know your bleed from your saturation, or your coatings from your overprinting. Don't worry, you don't need to when you come to Fuzed. We’ll take you through what you’re hoping to do, show you all the options and explain why some will work better than others. Simple.



Bleed is the term for printing that goes right to the edge of the paper. Printed pieces that have a white border or white around the edges DO NOT have bleed.

If you have images or backgrounds that you want to print (bleed) off the edges of the paper, then you must design your job larger than the final cut size.

How to create bleed? 

All major graphic programs such as QuarkXPress, InDesign and Illustration have options in the document setup where you can set the bleed to 3mm for the document.

However, if you are creating your file in Photoshop or Word then you must make your document 6mm larger overall than your final trim size in both height and width. In other words, you must build the 3mm bleed directly into your document.

It is also helpful to keep any important information 3-5mm away from the cut edge so that does not get cut off.

Anything you want to bleed off the edge of the card must extend past your guides out to the bleed edge.

Why create a bleed?

If you want images or backgrounds to go right to the edge of the paper, but do not create bleeds and design your job larger than the final cut size, white may show around the edges when your job is cut due to slight movement during the cutting process.



You can download our PDF Settings preset, ensuring your PDF file comes to us just the way we like it. This means your file spends less time being “fixed” and saving you money!

The easiest way to add our PDF settings to Distiller is to add them by using the menu. This method works exactly the same way whether you are using a Mac or a Windows PC.

Simply follow these steps:

1. On the Distiller menu go to: Settings > Add Adobe PDF Settings

2. Navigate to the Fuzed_Indigo.joboptions file and click OK.


Download Fuzed PDF Settings




Colour Correction: Using a computer to adjust, change or manipulate a colour image, such as retouching, adjusting colour balance, colour saturation, contrast, etc.

Coated Paper: Paper that has a coating on the surface, like a glossy finish.

Offset Paper: Paper that has a uncoated surface, often used on Letterheads.

Kerning: The narrowing of space between two letters so that they become closer and take up less space on the page.

Die: This is needed if the paper or board is to be cut into certain shapes, like a circle or triangle.

GSM: Grams per Square Metre. A measure of weight.

FTP - File Transfer Protocol: Allows the user direct access to the a server for file uploading.

Saddle Stitch: The binding of booklets or other printed materials by stapling the pages on the folded spine.

Comb Binding: Binding a stack of paper together by inserting the teeth of a flexible plastic comb into holes punched along one of the edges.

Crop Marks: Small printed lines around the edges of a printed piece indicating where it is to be cut out of the sheet. Sometimes referred to as cut marks.

CMYK: The colour space of Cyan, Magenta, Yellow & Black used in full colour printing.

PMS: The abbreviation of the Pantone Colour Matching System.

RGB: The colour space of Red, Green and Blue. These are the primary colours of light, which computers use to display images on your screen.

Variable Data Printing (VDP): Is a form of printing in which elements (such as text, graphics, photographs, etc) can be changed from one printed piece to the next, using information from a database.