If the word “bleed” only conjures up images of vampire movies, have no fear! Busy Beaver is here to explain what a bleed is and how you can use to to make your buttons their best.
So here’s our beaver adorning a lovely little 1″ button above. You can see that the background pattern blends seamlessly from the face of the button and around the edge thanks to artwork that includes a sufficient bleed. The bleed is the area on your design that wraps around the edges to gives a continuous look from front to back. To add bleed to a design, you want to make sure that your artwork includes a bit of “breathing room”– enough extra space around the image to appear on the front so that there’s a little area to wrap around the edge.
Without bleed, your buttons will have a “background,” or area on the edges that’s the color of the paper itself. Sure, it’s not a terrible thing, but having a design that wraps around the edge gives your buttons a more polished, professional look.
So how do you add bleed? The easiest way is to use our button templates for laying out your artwork. The template is set up to show you exactly where the face of the button will be and has room built in for the bleed.
If you’re unable to use our templates, just make sure that you don’t crop the image you send too severely, which would give our designer very little space to work with when laying out your design. You can even submit an uncropped image and describe in the comments section of your order what you’d like to be on the button face. Request a digital proof if you want to make sure your buttons appear exactly as you’re thinking.
See, a bleed isn’t quite as scary as it sounds, right? Now that you’re an expert, go out and make some buttons!
Ready for more insider tips for laying out button designs? Check out Button Layout Dos and Don’ts.