[scribus] pdf file size and breeds

Peter Nermander peter at nermander.se
Mon Mar 16 20:35:58 UTC 2015

Bleed is tha area outside the page edge where Scribus will crop content,
however the PDF size may be larger to accomodate crop marks etc (they have
to be outside the bleed area to prevent them from being covered by bleed

Good PDF tools will be aware of the different PDF boxes (trim, bleed, media
etc) and a PDF "larger than necessary" won't be a problem. Unfortunately
most free PDF tools don't handle the PDF boxes well.


2015-03-16 18:24 GMT+01:00 John Culleton <John at wexfordpress.com>:

> Using 1.5.0 latest version when I set a page up as
> 6.69 inch x 9.61 plus bleeds of .125 inch on
> three sides the resultant pdf should be 6.815
> inches by 9.94 inches. but when I view the
> resulting pdf in okular I get 6.69 x 9.61 inches.
> The KDE Document Viewer give the same results.
> What is the actual physical size of the pdf?
> I just tested 1.4.6 and again got the same
> results. I can always add the bleed to the main
> page dimensions and ignore the bleed settings if
> that is what is required.
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