Programming Tutorials

How to Add Bleed and Crop Marks in Photoshop

By: Kaitlyn Miller in Photoshop Tutorials on 2008-04-25  

To add bleed and crop marks in Photoshop, you can follow these steps:

  1. Open the document in Photoshop and make sure the design extends beyond the edge of the artboard.
  2. Go to the "Image" menu and select "Canvas Size".
  3. In the "Canvas Size" dialog box, increase the width and height of the canvas by the desired amount of bleed. For example, if you want a 1/8 inch bleed on all sides, increase the width and height by 1/4 inch.
  4. Select the "Relative" checkbox to ensure that the original design stays centered on the new canvas size.
  5. Click "OK" to apply the new canvas size.
  6. To add crop marks, select the "Line Tool" from the toolbar.
  7. Draw a line at the top of the document, starting from the left edge of the bleed area to the right edge of the bleed area.
  8. Duplicate the line and position it at the bottom of the document, again spanning the entire width of the bleed area.
  9. Repeat for the left and right edges of the bleed area.
  10. Adjust the stroke weight and color of the lines to your desired specifications.
  11. Save the file as a PDF or other print-ready format that supports crop marks and bleed.

Note that the specific steps and options may vary depending on the version of Photoshop you are using.

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