What is a Print Ready File?

A print ready PDF is a file format specifically designed to ensure that your design looks precisely as intended when printed. This means all necessary elements, such as images, text, and graphics, are embedded within the file, and it is correctly formatted for printing.

Essential components of a print ready PDF include bleed and trim marks. Bleed refers to extending the design beyond the edges of the page to ensure that there are no white borders or unprinted areas after trimming. On the other hand, trim marks indicate where the paper should be cut to achieve the final size of the printed piece.

Typically, the standard bleed size is 3mm, but it may vary depending on the size of the document artboard. Trim marks are usually placed on the corners of the design, showing where the final cut should be made.

Instructions for adding bleed and trim marks using different software