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Bleed in Printing – A Guide to the Basics


What is Bleed in Printing?

Bleed occurs any time the area of an image extends beyond the trim edge of a sheet. That is to say, the image will extend all the way to the edge of your final printed page instead of including an outer margin that is left with no printed material. This can be true of all or just part of the page.

Does your document require bleed?

Whenever an image or object touches an edge of the page it is necessary to extend that object slightly beyond the edge. If nothing comes close to touching any edge then your document doesn’t require bleed.

Why is understanding bleed important?

Small amounts of paper movement during production or minor inconsistencies in design can result in unintended white space appearing at the edge of the page on your finished product. By extending images beyond the trim edge, you are assured that the image will end at the edge after the final trim.

How do you add bleed to your printed document?



Kickstart Your Kickstarter Book Project


As I write this, there are 17,481 projects on Kickstarter that fall under the “Publishing” label. Of that impressive amount, many are – at least in part – raising money to cover book printing costs.

We’re pretty big fans of Kickstarter here at Advanced Print & Finishing, and have served as the book printer for quite a few projects from the crowdfunding site. Working with these authors, we’ve learned how important keeping book printing quality up and prices down is to running a successful campaign.

But we also know finding the right print method and the right printer can be a little tricky, particularly if you’re new to the printing game. We’ve put together a series of articles on the best ways to successfully fund your self-published book on Kickstarter.

Check out the articles below, and let us know if there are any other questions you have about self-publishing with Kickstarter – we’re glad to help.

Self-Publish With Kickstarter: How it Works

What Type of Printing Should You Use for a Kickstarter Book Project?

How to Choose a Book Printer for Your Kickstarter Book


Yearbook Printing


Advanced Print & Finishing offers top quality custom annual and yearbook printing with the best customer service available. We know you have a choice when it comes to the printer you choose, and we forge personal relationships with close communication that the bigger guys can’t match.

Why We’re Different

One thing that sets us apart is that we handle all printing in-house on our own offset and digital presses. This means we are here to work with you every step of the way, from the moment you first contact us until you have the final product in your hands.


– Schools

While we are equipped to produce any type of yearbook, we primarily focus on elementary and middle school yearbooks. We also produce other school materials including:

Sports Catalogs
Memory Books
School Stationary, Planners, Posters, Folders and more

– Other Yearbooks

We also produce other specialty books, including:

Military Yearbooks
Religious Organizations Materials (such as Church Directories)
Family History Books

No matter what you need, let us know and we’ll make sure we can make it happen for you!


Digital vs. Offset Book Printing


by David Rogers

Vintage Offset Press

Nearly every new book released today was created on one of two machines: a digital press or an offset press. Naturally this leads to questions concerning the difference between the two, and which is better.

As you may guess since both kinds of printing are still used, neither method holds a clear overall advantage over the other. The choice of which to use depends on a number of factors concerning your particular book project, including quantity, content and budget.

Offset Printing

Offset printing has been around for well-over 100 years and is still the most popular method for high volume commercial printing. Here’s a simplified version of how this type of printing works:

The image (and/or text) to be printed is burned onto a metal plate – these days this is procedure is typically done using computers. This plate is then installed on a cylindrical roller in the offset press (labeled “Plate cylinder” in the diagram below), then ink and water are added. The ink adheres to the portion of the plate with an image or text, while the water – which naturally separates from ink – covers the remainder of the roll and acts as a film preventing ink from being transferred to a second cylinder that is directly under this cylinder (labeled “Offset cylinder” below).

This second cylinder in the chain is covered with a rubber “blanket.” Ink is transferred from the plate on the top roller to this blanket. The paper is fed directly under the roller with the blanket, so ink is transferred once again from the blanket to the paper. This is probably most easily understood with a diagram:



Book Printing: 8 Tips for File Preparation


by Chris Jamieson

Book Printing File PreparationIt’s time…

You’ve written your book (whew!), gotten your quote and it’s time to send us your files and finally print! However, prepping those book files can be a bit overwhelming.

Chris – one of our resident prepress experts – has shared eight tips for file preparation during the preflight phase of any book printing process.



What is FSC certified paper?


by Valerie Williams

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Certification on a log

As numerous types of businesses are “going green” these days, many in the print industry have been leading the charge to use recycled materials and reduce waste for some time now.

Many organizations are working to help the print industry go green as much as possible, and one of the most well-known organizations is the Forward Stewardship Council (FSC).

It should be noted that paper doesn’t have to be FSC certified to be environmentally friendly, and that there are many types of recycled paper available from a wide variety of sources.

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)

One of largest and most prominent organizations ensuring the conservation and responsible tree growth is the Forest Stewardship Council, commonly known as the  FSC. This council tracks and manages forests, milling, and manufacturing processes.



Print on Demand Versus Short Run Printing


by David Rogers


Print on Demand (POD) has become increasingly popular over the past few years, as the printing method allows self-published authors and independent book publishers to print copies of books only as needed. Despite POD’s popularity, however, it’s often still more cost effective to use short run printing, even for a relatively small quantity of books.

Many times short run printing ends up not only being less expensive than POD, but also provides a better quality final product. Here we’ll take a look at the differences between print on demand and short run printing, along with the advantages and disadvantages of each.



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Can’t get enough book printing and other print industry news here on the Best Book Blog? Neither can we!

Now you can check us out on Twitter and Facebook for the most up-to-date printing information and lots of other things we find interesting (and think you might, too!).

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Book Binding Services: The Best Method for Your Project


by David Rogers

An old saying informs us we shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover, but we all know that we do it anyway. So authors certainly pay attention to the visual presentation of their books, and one of the choices that greatly influences that look is the binding method. Making the best choice between different methods means considering a few factors — some aesthetic and some practical.

We’ve put together a comprehensive guide for the different types of book binding services we offer here at Advanced Print & Finishing, as well as examples of book types that commonly utilize each method. The great thing about working with Advanced Print & Finishing is you never have to worry about the technical details of the layout you choose. Our printing services cover the heavy lifting of pagination and imposition, and your customer service team will guide your through the process and help you make the best choice to suit your book.

You can find all of these different methods as available options over on our quote page, which you can use to get the ball rolling on printing a book of your own!



Custom Quotes


Custom Quote

Our site is built around our instant book quote application that was designed to deliver a price estimate on what we have found to be the most commonly used options. Our primary goal was to make the quote form as easy to use as possible. In doing so it was necessary to reduce the number of available options in most categories, but only for the instant online quote.

Beyond bestbookprinting.com, Advanced Print & Finishing is a full service commercial printer that is able to provide a custom quote and accommodate your unique production requirements.

If your book’s specification fall outside of the options that you find online, we encourage you to still use the site for ballpark estimating. Once you have a good idea of your requirements, don’t hesitate to contact us directly to request your custom quote.