By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, April 30, 2013
A proper “bleed” ensures the ink extends to the very outside edges of a printed page, leaving no margin or whitespace around your artwork. And though there’s no way to set it up automatically, in this week’s Deke’s Techniques, Deke McClelland shows you how to precisely align your artwork to the bleed in Adobe Illustrator.
But despite the Illustrator help here, the rectangle will not be exactly the right size. It may just be one or two pixels off, but why not do it the right way? Here’s how.
Go to the Control panel and click Horizontal Align Left and Vertical Align Top from the Align options. This aligns the rectangle to your artboard. Next you’ll align it to the bleed.
Click the word Transform in the Control panel. Change the Width and Height values to twice the bleed amount (36 points in Deke’s case).
Lastly, if there are some objects that fall outside the bleed, marquee them with the Direct Selection tool and use the Align options in the Control panel to align them. You can also double-click with the Direct Selection tool to open the Move dialog and change the Vertical value to move anchor points up or down.
And that’s the right way to create a bleed and align your artwork within it in Illustrator. If you’re a member of the lynda.com library, watch the follow-up movie to learn how to import a pixel-based tracing template into Illustrator—at the right resolution. This allows you to trace your artwork at whatever zoom ratio you desire and still get super smooth results.
If you’re waiting for next week’s free video, tune in to watch Deke draw a distinctive 2D video game character in Illustrator. Keep watching for more Deke’s Techniques each and every week!
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