[scribus] Bleeds and Crop Marks

John Ghormley KJ4UFG kj4ufg at sera.org
Wed Aug 10 03:08:19 UTC 2011

On Tue, Aug 9, 2011 at 5:27 PM, Gregory Pittman <gregp_ky at yahoo.com> wrote:

> On 08/09/2011 03:52 PM, Rob Oakes wrote:
>> Dear Scribus Users Group,
>> I am putting together a layout for a magazine that needs to be sent to a
>> commercial printer and I am trying to figure out the bleeds. Does anyone
>> know of a tutorial that describes how to use the bleed feature in Scribus?
>> (I'm using 1.4 RC5.) The information on the wiki that I found was related to
>> workarounds for bleeds.
>> Also, any hints on how to handle bleeds in a magazine layout versus a
>> poster or a business card?
> Probably the place to start might be your commercial printer, to get advice
> on the various possible settings. The terminology that you see in the
> PrePress tab of PDF Export is pretty straightforward.
> I expect the printer will be able to tell you which he might be able to
> work with and whether there are some he really doesn't need.
> Greg
Greg's advice is spot on.  The type of press your printer uses will dictate,
more than anything else, what sort of bleeds he will require.  Also, the
type of binding will make a difference.  Talk to him about where he needs
bleeds and how wide they should be for trimming.  Then, I think you will
find it pretty straight forward.

FWIW, I edit a 60 - 80 page magazine with Scribus that is saddle stitched so
the cover requires bleeds on the top and bottom edges, plus the outside
edge, away from the binding.  The binding side of the cover does not require
a bleed since the front and back covers butt up to one another along the
binding edge.  However, that is just my situation.  Yours may differ as I
know nothing about the size of your mag nor its binding.

If you use a different pre-press company from your printer, as I do, you may
want to talk to them, as well.  In that case, the three of you will need to
work in concert to insure a quality appearance.

As most hereon, I'm more than willing to help anytime I can.  I'm using
Scribus 1.4.0 RC5 on a Ubuntu 11.04 Linux platform.
John Ghormley  KJ4UFG
Editor, SERA *Repeater Journal*
Walkertown, NC  USA
editor at sera.org
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