February 23, 2017

You spend a lot of money on equipping your office with the best supplies and equipment. It’s unfortunate that the fancy laser printer in your office won’t do full bleed printing. Or will it?
What most people don’t know is that there are ways around the rules of printing that will allow you to achieve that much-desired edge-to-edge printing. Here are a few hacks that you can try with your own office technology.

Go Big
An easy way to achieve full bleed is to print onto a paper that is larger than you want the finished product to be. After your material has printed, use a paper cutter to cut away the excess edges. This may not be the best solution for large print jobs, but it’ll work in a pinch!

Use the “Edge to Edge” Print Option
While the fuser technology in your Ricoh laser printer won’t allow for a true full bleed, you can still get pretty close. Select the “edge to edge” option when printing, and your image will have full bleed on two of the four sides. This is because the fuser inside the laser printer still has to have contact with two sides of the paper to move it through the printer. However, just cut off the remaining two sides, and you’ll have a full-bleed product!

Integrate a Border
When your printer is unable to do a full bleed, you may find that it doesn’t need to. Some designs look great with a border. If your design is actually improved with a border, then your work is already done!

Purchase a Wide Format Inkjet Printer
If you often find that you have a need for large, full bleed materials--like posters and flyers--then it may be worth it to invest in a wide format inkjet printer for your equipment fleet. Wide format inkjet printers have an impressive range of capabilities that don’t stop at just full bleed printing. You’ll also be able to enjoy outstanding print quality and more paper options, from photographic and canvass to gloss and adhesive!

Invest in In-House Production Printing
We covered the many benefits of in-house production printing in last week’s blog. Although production print machines don’t have the ability to do true full bleed printing, they are able to print with extra image around the edges on a larger sheet. For booklet making, the materials can be automatically trimmed in-line, producing a full bleed output. This option is great for companies that often print large jobs that require full bleed printing. And don’t be fooled, in-house production printing is often must less costly than many people think!

Call Centric Business Systems for All Your In-House Production Printing Needs
Today’s business environment is fast-paced, time is limited, and attention spans are short. Keep your people motivated and your co-collaborators engaged. Centric Business Systems has answers to all of your questions about this neat collaborative tool and various others, and we can make it so that you have them at your fingertips. Give us a call at 877-902-3301, send us an email at info@centricbiz.com, or fill out our contact form to learn about how we can help you improve your processes, so that your team can solve problems together.

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