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Adobe FrameMaker: Adding Bleeds and Trim Lines

by Barb Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor on FrameMaker

A question came up today about how to set up a graphic that bleeds off the side of page in FrameMaker. It’s not intuitive, but it can be done.

In the image below, I added a banner to the left side of the page. The paper size is 6″ x 8″. The banner is 0.6″ x 8.25″. For an 1/8″ bleed (0.125″) on three sides, the banner is 1/8″ wider and 1/2″ taller than needed. In the image directly below, the offset is 0 from the top of the page and 0 from the left, so the bottom is not visible. You can still see the other sizing handles.

Adobe FrameMaker: Bleeds and trim lines   

To shift the banner up and left, go to Graphics > Object Properties and change the Top and Left Offsets to -0.125″. (Positive values move the image down and right, negative values move it up and left.) Note: you won’t ever see the bleed in FrameMaker, but you can see the offset values and the missing handles.

Adobe FrameMaker: Bleeds and trim lines

To confirm the bleed, print or create a PDF with the page size set larger than the actual size, and the Registration Marks set to Western.

Adobe FrameMaker: Bleeds and trim lines

You can see the trim lines and the bleed in Acrobat (or if you print it).Adobe FrameMaker: Bleeds and trim lines

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