I plan on making a series of journals explaining how to make sure your prints will be approved when they get to me. I know that I'm excited to see the notification letting me know a print has been sold and I want to do what I can to make sure you all see it, as well.
For this journal, I want to speak about Cropping and the Bleed Edge.
This is hands down the number 1 reason why I am forced to reject a print, which in turn will cancel a sale. Because of this, I have tried to make this journal as detailed as possible.
BLEED EDGEThe Bleed Edge is the very edge of an image which could potentially be trimmed.
A longer definition is that when, say an 8x10 inch print is printed out, it comes out slightly larger than that 8x10. When cut, the image will be shown all the way to the very edge of the print without any borders. Doing this will shave off the very edges of the print.
We can give you an estimated bleed during the prints upload and editing process, if you are interested. Here is a screenshot of what that looks like with the Approximate Bleed option checked and circled in red:
If an image is added into our shop with this crop as illustrated below, it would be rejected as the text could be cropped as it is in the bleed.
REMEMBER to always keep an
untouched version of your art!
CROPPINGThe next part is Cropping. I see a number of images every day where signatures or other text elements are cropped when they do not need to be. The image in the shop ends up looking like this:
When the print is added back into the shop, the entire copyright/signature will be shown.
Here are a few FAQ's if you would like to read more about the bleed edge and proper cropping:
FAQ #298: What is a bleed edge and how do I use it when preparing my artwork for printing?
FAQ #576: Where can I find templates to help me size my images correctly for prints?
I hope this first journal in a series has been helpful to you. If you have any friends with prints for sale and you see this error, point them to this article as they may have no idea their prints are cropped in such a way.
If you have any questions about this or would like to request topics for future articles, please feel free to post those below in the comments section.
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