bleed page

  

Definition

Printing industry term for a page on which the printed (inked) area does not have the usual blank (inkless) margins. In all printing processes, a narrow space must be left along the paper's edges for it to be gripped, and to prevent printing ink/toner from going on the ink-free/toner-free parts of the machine. Bleed printing is more expensive where it requires oversized printing plates and/or paper (from which inkless margins are trimmed off to leave only the inked part).

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