Full Bleed

3 Jul

Bleed doesn’t sound like a good word, does it? Well, when it comes to making digital photo books, it is! Full bleed is what makes it possible for your photo- or artwork-page background to go all the way to the edge of the printed book page. The paper your page is printed on is larger than your page dimensions, your image “bleeds” past those dimensions, and when your book is manufactured, the page is cut to its correct size—with the image all the way to the edge.

It’s important to keep this bleed in mind when you are creating your digital pages for two reasons:

  1. You don’t want anything you want to see in your finished product to be in the trimmed area, and
  2. If you want artwork or photography to go to the edge of the page in your finished book, you must cover the entire Page area (including what will be trimmed off) in the software.

The trimmed-off area is especially large on album covers. You want to make sure your text or a loved one’s face doesn’t disappear! The different Views in StoryBook Creator Plus make it easy to see what to expect. Here are three different views in SBC+ of my latest album cover. My husband Adam took that awesome picture—isn’t it great? Pay attention to how close the back of the deck chair is to each edge:

Page View (untrimmed)

Page View (untrimmed)

Trimmed View

Trimmed View

Front View

Front View

As you can see, a good 3/4″ is trimmed off this wrap-around cover for an 8×8 book. And the Front View helps you position the items you want visible on, as you may have guessed, specifically the front of your book. When you are editing your album pages (not the cover), you also have Left and Right Views available. This not only lets you preview where your page is trimmed, but where it’s bound, so that nothing you want to see ends up behind the binding stitches.

8/17/09 UPDATE: With the upcoming StoryBook Creator Plus 3.0, the Left and Right Views have been replaced by the Two-Page View.

© Carolyn Gordon and Cropping with Care, 2009. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from Carolyn Gordon is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Carolyn Gordon and Cropping with Care with appropriate and specific direction to the original content. Carolyn Gordon is an independent consultant and the opinions and content on this site are not necessarily endorsed by Creative Memories. StoryBook Creator Plus is a trademark of Creative Memories.


7 Responses to “Full Bleed”

  1. jacki Raymond July 3, 2009 at 10:35 pm #

    This is very cool. I have lots of digital scrapbooking questions. One came up today: “how to I make a photo into a particular shape.”

  2. Carolyn Gordon July 4, 2009 at 6:40 am #

    To crop a photo into a shape in SBC+, select it, go to the Photos tab at the top and choose Mat, then choose your shape from the Cutout dropdown list. Click Accept if you like how it looks! Hope that helps!

  3. jacki Raymond July 4, 2009 at 8:21 am #

    Thanks for the info on preformed shapes. Can you make the photo into a shape in background paper?

  4. Carolyn Gordon July 4, 2009 at 8:56 am #

    If you mean matting the cut-out photo with background paper in the same shape, you can! There are several ways to do this, but probably the easiest is to go to your Shapes tab on the right-hand side, find the shape you’re looking for, right-click on it and choose “Cut this shape out of a piece of paper.” Choose OK after you make your selections, and don’t forget to drag the paper to a position under the photo in the Elements column on the left! You can re-size the paper shape if you need to.

  5. Leah Olson July 6, 2009 at 10:34 pm #

    Awesome photo! Adam is one heck of a great photographer! Good thing his wife loves to scrapbook :-)

  6. jacki Raymond July 7, 2009 at 9:33 pm #

    I have another question. I have put two 3-inch circles on a 4×6 inch card, flattened it, and added a photo – well maybe not in that order – Anyway, what I would like to do is make the 3-inch circles into templates so that I can add other photos, print them, and add more photos. This is an ornament project to fit in round frames that can hang on the tree. Is there a way of dragging new photos into the shape to replace the photos already there?

  7. Carolyn Gordon July 8, 2009 at 7:03 am #

    If the circular photo frame itself has not been flattened and isn’t grouped with other elements, you should be able to drag another photo into it to replace the photo already there. If it’s flattened, you’ll probably need to make a new circular photo frame. If it’s grouped, just ungroup it. Hope that helps!

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