[tips] Adding guides as bleed area marks…

Jean-Jacques Boutaud
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Postby Jean-Jacques Boutaud » January 10th, 2009, 12:50 pm

Hi all,
Here's a "small" and easy tip to display bleed area using guides.
This is not the only way to do this and one may use guides placed by hand or add a rectangular smart shape, yet I find this one easier as there's no need to move, place by hand, anything.
First of all, open the document setup pane (File>Document Setup…).
Then set all four margins values to a negative value (say - 5 mm if you need 5 mm bleed width and use mm as unit of course).

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Close this pane then open the Layout Guides one (Insert>Layout Guides…).
Add four guides (one horizontal row and one vertical row), relative to margins (so they will be displayed outside the page boundary)

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So, you have, now, four guides set to 5 mm from the edges of the page

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If you need "normal" margins (margins inside the page) just set the four margins values from the Document Setup pane to the right values (say 5 mm) and use, this time, positive value(s) as usual.

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If you do this, don't forget to turn off the "Remove existing layout guides" to avoid deleting bleed area guides you've just added when adding new guides.

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Final result:

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Postby mikec964 » March 31st, 2014, 9:18 pm

I miss this feature. Swift Publisher 3 won't let me put negative values into the margin boxes.
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Postby Nick » April 1st, 2014, 2:34 am

Hi

I'll ask the developers to return this possibility back. Technically, you can place those guides to the desired positions manually.

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Postby axys » April 1st, 2014, 5:26 am

Neat guide JJ - I already used the minus trick to give me guides (or set them to zero if you don't want them) but adding the additional guides was new to me - thanks.
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