„Bleed is missing...“

... cries the prepress. The number of files with missing bleed increases. The following questions arise for the print service provider:

  • Can bleed be added with as little effort as possible in prepress?
  • Can the customer add the bleed himself? Can the customer be reached at all?

Adding bleed in the prepress department

Cut line

The obvious solution is to add the missing bleed in the inhouse prepress. This avoids correction loops with the customer and increases the level of service for the customer. The prepress staff has the knowledge, but needs the appropriate tools / software and of course the time. And this, of course, is the real problem. Even if a software is purchased that can be used to create sufficiently good quality bleed for text, graphics and images in PDF files, every file still has to be opened by prepress. This is a manual process. And that means that the automatic workflow is interrupted. With many disadvantages:

  • Time delay: start the software, find the file, open the file, create bleed, save the file, check again as a precaution, re-enter the automatic workflow => at least 5 minutes (see video)
  • Quality: If bleed is produced in-house and not supplied by the agency, the agency may not be satisfied with the quality.
  • Margin: Manual work is not included in the price calculation of an order. Every minute of manual work makes the margin shrink.

Ask clients for correct file


In most cases, however, the customer is called to ask them to resend the file with bleed. This procedure also interrupts the automatic workflow and has the following disadvantages, among others:

  • Production delay: Most of the time, delivery dates are set rather ambitiously. Communication with the customer always carries the risk of a significant delay. They cannot be reached, their graphic designer is not available, the situation has to be explained to a substitute, ... The printing deadline is endangered and thus your flow of orders.
  • Customer relationship: The agency does not want discussions with the print service provider, but trouble-free printing. Any contact is more likely to be perceived as a disturbance and can lead to the print provider being perceived as incompetent. Ultimately, it is the end product that counts; if additional bleed is required, the agency trusts the printer's expertise.
  • Loss of orders: Agencies look for print service providers who print without problems and errors and will therefore quickly look for new partners if there are too many queries.

The solution: Create bleed automatically

An automated workflow must be able to detect if trim is missing and if so, generate it fully automatically. This is exactly what OneVision's "Generate Bleed" module does. It offers a fully automated solution for an everyday production problem.

The following advantages result from the use of this workflow tool:

1. two employees (prepress staff and administrative staff) would not have been disturbed in the workflow

2. the customer would not have had to make any additional effort.

3. no additional costs would have been incurred

4. production can continue without interruption and the delivery date can be met.

5. the printing house is perceived as competent and reliable.

Not to mention the stress and trouble that is saved for all involved.

A short calculation: Let's assume, you earn 40,000 euros per year as a prepress employee; that is, an hourly rate of 19.23 euros. To check a file, add missing bleed and save the file again and send it back into the workflow takes 10 minutes. So, add missing bleed costs 3.21 Euro per file. How many files do you and your colleagues have to check and, if necessary, correct every day?

10 files = 32.10 Euro per day (812.13 Euro per month, 8,057.10 Euro per year)

50 files = 160.50 Euro per day (4,060.65 Euro per month, 40,285.50 Euro per year)

100 files = 321.00 Euro per day (8,121.30 Euro per month, 80,571.00 Euro per year)

How does it work technically?

The module "Generate Bleed" can be used as part of a fully automated workflow

It can be easily configured according to production requirements, for example whether the bleed should be added around the trim box or around a cutting line.

This means that the trim is added fully automatically and also exactly according to your production requirements.

Check out "Generate bleed" yourself.


Adding bleed manually is time-consuming, expensive and results in production delays. Automatic bleed generation removes these problems: Your workflow runs seamlessly, you have no extra costs and you produce on time.

Who is the best contact person at OneVision?

If you are already a OneVision customer and want to get more out of your software, then contact training(at)

If you do not yet have OneVision software in use, please contact info.ce(at)

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