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New document in InDesign – what is bleed & slug? – InDesign Essential Training [6/76]


Hi there, my name is Dan. This is a free extract from my
larger InDesign course on my website… bringyourownlaptop.com In this video we’re going to
create our flyer document. We’re going to have the page size… this little red line around the
outside, which is ‘Bleed’… and our ‘Margins’ all
set up, ready to go. Let’s go and do that. So create our document… your ‘Welcome Screen’ might
look a little different. I’ve got all these documents
that I’ve previously worked on. I’m going to go up to
here, and go to ‘New’. You might be on ‘CC Files’,
or something else weird. I’m going to click on ‘New’. If you can’t see that, go up
to ‘File’, ‘New’, ‘Document’. We all end up in the exact
same place, which is here. So, what we’re going to do is… you’re probably going to be working
in ‘Print’, we are in this case. And it gives you some presets, you
can see here, ‘View All Presets’. There’s a bunch of stuff we can use. We’ll probably never use ‘Compact
Disc’ anymore, anyway, it’s in there. ‘Business Cards’, some useful sizes. In terms of ‘Web’, and ‘Mobile’
sizes are done in here as well. So if you’re designing
InDesign for Web… it’s not primarily used
for that, but you can. So we’re going to use ‘Print’. In our case we’re going to use ‘US’. We’re going to do a flyer size,
we’re going to do ‘Half Letter’. If you’re following in a country that
uses millimeters and the ‘A’ sizes… this would be an ‘A5’. We’re going to use half an ‘A4’, so
we’re going to do half ‘US Letter’. And we’re going to make sure– You can see, you can
override it over here. It still thinks I am
in Europe, which I am. You can change it over here. Next thing is the ‘Orientation’,
I want to put it ‘Landscape’. ‘Facing Pages’, we’re
going to turn ‘off’. ‘Facing Pages’, we’ll go into a lot
more details when we start building… our multiple page brochure,
further on in this course… but for the moment, we’re
just doing a 1-page thing. Turn off ‘Facing Pages’. ‘Primary Text Frame’ as well… it’s a little bit complicated… and we’ll do that in a
later video as well. Just make sure they’re
‘off’ at the moment. Number of ‘Pages’, you can
add them later if you want. We’re going to start with 1. ‘Columns’, we’re now only going
to have 1 column in this case. We’ll look at multiple column layout… when we get into some more
text heavy documents later on. ‘Margins’, we’ll leave as the default. Yours might be a little bit different,
I can see here, ‘Margins’ and ‘Bleed’. You might just twirl those
down if you can’t see them. And I’m going to go to
this ‘Bleed’ down here. So I’ve done my ‘Margins’, I’ve
left them as a default, ‘Bleed’. What I’ll do is I’ll get the
real Dan to jump out… and show you this, because its
better in person. Take it away, Dan. So, apparently I am the real Dan… and this real Dan would like
to explain ‘Bleed’ and ‘Slug’. This is my example book. Now what happens, when
they’re printing… we all know that– say this
image at the front here… goes right to the edge, the
black is right to the edge. The ad on the back is
right to the edge. Pretty much all of these pages… all these ads here, go
to the edge of the page. But we know that when we’re printing,
say at home, or at the office… we can never print right to the
edge of a white bit of paper… because the printer just doesn’t
go that close to the edge. That’s the same for big, commercial
offset printers as well. So doesn’t really matter, you
can’t print right up to the edge. So what happens is… you print on a little bit of paper
that’s a little bit bigger. So say, it needs to
be ‘Letter’ or ‘A4’. What they do is they print
it on a sheet called ‘SR A4’… which is just a little bit bigger. And then they print inside of it… and then they guillotine it off
afterwards down to the original size. Now, that guillotine is never perfect. They try and align it up perfect… but you need a little bit of wiggle
room for the guillotine to maybe… slice it little bit higher,
or little bit lower… you don’t want it right on the edge… because they might end up
with a little white strip. What you do in InDesign is you
add a little bit of ‘Bleed’… 3mm for Metric… or an eighth of an inch for Imperial… or 0.125 of an inch if
you’re using Decimal places. What happens is, you just make your
document that teeny bit bigger. All the way around. So that the guillotine has got something
to cut off, and ends up in the bin. So nothing important there, because
it will end up in the bin… but it gets cut down
to this final size. Happens especially with magazines,
magazines are printed and bound… and often, they don’t look this nice. This has got a really
sharp, kind of crisp edge… but that never happens
when it gets bound. That only happens after its been
guillotined. Its quite messy. If you’ve ever seen a
magazine, its been printed… that hasn’t been yet trimmed up… actually, the pages are all kind
of messed up, not lined up nicely. It’s not until guillotining happens,
and the ‘Bleed’ is cut off… before they look nice and tidy. Now in terms of ‘Slug’… the cool thing about ‘Slug’
is, you just won’t use it. People doing the design side
often don’t use ‘Slug’… its more the printing or
production side of things. So the ‘Bleed’ is just like remember, just a little
bit around the outside. The ‘Slug’ is a bigger chunk, like
an inch around the outside… and in that, you can write notes. So if you’re the printer, and you know
that this cover is a bit special… and it has something that needs to
be glued to it, on a special spot… you could write… “Here’s where this gets glued to”… or maybe, this bit gets stapled
to this bit, and folded over… or something special. Or, just anything that, maybe
help the production later on. After it comes off the
printer, it says… maybe this gets put with
Part A, and Part B. It’s kind of a terrible explanation, but
its just notes that the printer adds. It will be trimmed off,
and chucked in the bin. I’ve never had to put ‘Bleed’
on in my entire career. You probably won’t do either… unless you’re working
behind the scenes… in an offset printer, or a
big commercial printer. You won’t be adding blood, uh, blood? You might be adding ‘Slug’ afterwards,
and adding these notes to it. So ‘Bleed’, definitely,
‘Slug’, pretty much never. Did that help? Hope it helped. You can go back to the other Dan, the
disembodied voice talking on the screen. So we know we need a ‘Bleed’… of 0.125 inches, or
an eighth of an inch. Or if you are ‘Metric’,
you can just type in 3mm. You can see, I can type in 3mm,
I just click somewhere else… and it does the conversion for me. I know its not exactly the same,
but that’s just the way it is. Different people use
different sized ‘Bleed’s. And the ‘Slug’, we don’t use you,
so we’re going to leave that as is. And let’s click ‘Create’. Stand back, we have a document. I’m going to zoom out a little bit. Zooming is ‘Command -‘ on a Mac,
or ‘Control’ -‘ if you’re on a PC. What I want to do is show you
the different parts here. The edge of the big white box
is the edge of our page. In our case, it’s the ‘US Half Letter’. We’ve got these two other
colored boxes here. We’ve got the red one, and
this magenta one here. The magenta is the margins,
they don’t do anything… they’re just the visual guide
to keep everything inside… and away from the edges of the page. We all know that our printers
don’t print right to the edge… so there’s like a consistent
box around the edge there. The other one we’re going to
look at is this red one here… and that is the ‘Bleed’ we discussed. So everything that goes
over this edge here… prepare to get chopped
off, and put in the bin. Before we go any further let’s
go and save this document. So let’s go up to ‘File’, ‘Save’. Where are we going to save it? I’m going to save it on my ‘Desktop’,
I’m going to make a new folder. If you’re using a Mac, and its a new
Mac, it might be looking like this. Looks a little different.
Click this little arrow here. Find your ‘Desktop’. On the left hand side,
make a new folder. I’m going to call this one
‘InDesign Class Files’. Click ‘Create’, and we’ll stick… everything we make during this
long course into that folder. In terms of the naming, we’re
going to call this one… ‘Good At Heart’, because
that’s the client. I’m going to put a hyphen
in, and put in ‘Flyer’. And this is going to be ‘V1’. Always give it a version number… because you’re going to make changes,
people are going to come back. V1, V2, or A, B, C is just fine. Never call it ‘Final’. Final
is like the kiss of death. If you call it ‘Final’, the universe
will send you adjustments… and you’ll have to call it
‘Final2’ or ‘Final Revisited’. There’s some people chuckling
because you probably… got files just like that
all over your computer. So we’re going to use the ‘V’ system.
Let’s click ‘Save’. That’s it for this video, my friends. Let’s get on to the next one. So, what did you think?
Did you like it? If you did, please hit the Like button. And maybe consider subscribing
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you can download. Print it off, stick it next
to your computer, look awesome. The other thing is I have
lots of other courses there. Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign,
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19 thoughts on “New document in InDesign – what is bleed & slug? – InDesign Essential Training [6/76]

  1. Thank you so much for sharing free with the world. Could not quite understand bleed and slug until this. I am still wondering though – is the red Bleed line showing the true edges of the paper that professional printers would print the document on? (or perhaps that would be the Slug line)

  2. Hi Da! Its Priyanka Again. Its understandable. One suggestion could not catch you first while playing the video. Could you make it slower while speaking in your future videos. Your accent is little Difficult to catch. Pls

  3. I really like how clear and concise you present the information. I am a beginner and need all the help I can get.

  4. I'm still chuckling πŸ˜› I 've got the kiss of death many times πŸ˜› Now i know , i wont provoke the universe again!

  5. Hahaha, loved that you mentioned "Final version etc to infinity…" syndrome. You give some good advice (Subscribed!) I was working this job 10 years ago making a comic book and I knew not to name anything as "Final" — but at some point I got cocky when my client led me to believe our job had finally reached its end… so I named it "Final" and guess what happened??? Not only did my work continue… but to this day I am still working on that fateful project-I-once-dared-to-assume-had-reached-completion (we're talking over 1000 versions later… even after official prints have been distributed the client still wants to change things here and there! Some projects simply never die!!!)

  6. Because of this video I now know what 'slug' is, and that I will probably never use it!!! I also will never call y documents 'final' ever again πŸ™‚ I liked this vid so much I subscrbed!!!! Thank you for this vid and the others I have watched.

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