Create Bleed and Slug in InDesign – [Video Tutorial]

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Create Bleed and Slug in InDesign – [Video Tutorial]

In today’s tutorial we go over how to create bleed and slug for publishing in InDesign. Knowing how to create bleed and slug is essential when creating a catalog or other marketing material that will be printed professionally. We post tutorials weekly so subscribe to our YouTube for more catalog design tips.

Hello there, I hope you are having a great week. So today we are going to go over setting up bleed and slug in Adobe InDesign. This is necessary when having design work professionally printed.

Bleed refers to when objects run off the page just like these graphic elements. If I press shift W you can see what the page will look like when it is printed. You want this because most printers print your design on paper slightly bigger than your page size and then trim it down. By setting up a bleed and having objects run off the page you are giving the printer some extra area to work with, and you won’t have to worry about white slivers from incorrect cutting.

So the first thing you want to do is make sure your guides are visible through view > grids and guides > view guides

You can setup bleed and slug when you open a new document but to set up a bleed on something you’re already working on go to file > document setup > and expand bleed and slug. I am going to set the bleed as .125 on all sides. This is a made up number, and you’ll have to call your printer to get the exact numbers for their shop.

So now you can see the red bleed line that you should make sure all your graphics go to.

Sometimes you might have specific instructions for the printer that you want to include in the document. Setting up slug is a great way to do that and you can do this in the same document setup box as earlier. So I am going to set the slug to 1 inch at the bottom of the page, and as you can see, that gives me another grid line. From here I can make a text box and include the information for the printer.

The final thing you need to do is make sure the PDF file you are exporting for the printer is set up for your bleed and slug. Export with apple E, pick your location, and then click bleed and slug on the left, and use the document settings.

And there you go! You’ve set up your bleed and slug for your document.