Why do artworks/graphics require bleed?

When you want to print a digital artwork, and send it to the printers, they will ask for “bleed”. This means that the colours of your artwork or graphic must run over the size you would print it at. So instead of sending an A4 sized file for a printed A4, the file should be a few millimetres bigger on every side and the colour should continue to the edge. This way when the printer cuts it out (A4 size), they cut off millimetre edges of colour (not white paper). That way, if their cut is not precise, there is no risk of leaving a white edge, but instead leaving the edge in the colour of the artwork.1
See figure 1 below.

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For less artwork there are also websites to help you make or print the artwork you need:

  • https://www.vistaprint.com
  • https://www.howtogeek.com/351763/how-to-make-your-own-posters-using-tiled-printing/

Figure 1. Bleed, demonstrated

1: https://www.fastprint.co.uk/blog/how-to-design-and-print-a-poster.html