print from photoshop cs5 to pdf full bleed

Posted on 2010-09-14
Last Modified: 2012-06-22
I made a nice looking brochure using a template from  Now, when I go to print it to a PDF I cannot get it to print full bleed (no edges).

WTF?  The brochure should have no edges.  How do I do this?
Question by:cerksees
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Expert Comment

ID: 33678036
I would suspect your printer.

Author Comment

ID: 33678256
Wrong.  The format I was using was slightly larger than 8.5x11 to allow for full bleed in printing the brochure.  But, Adobe's PDF should be smart enough (it certainly is big enough) to print at any custom size or to even print a PDF in the size of the document straight from Photoshop, InDesign or Illustrator.

Another "almost"in software development from Adobe.
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Expert Comment

ID: 33678826
Make sure your document is larger that 8.5 X11. If it already is, make the document the exact over-sized dimensions that you say your printer prints to. In Photoshop use guides to mark the 8.5X11 for reference Now you need to know what the actual bleed is for your printer. Once you have those dimension, make the guides on the PS document. Example: If your printer has a paper size of 10X14, and the bleed is 1/2 inch. Make the guides 9.5X13.5. Extend your background past the original 8.5X11 to match the 1/2 bleed (or the amount of paper on the edges that it won't print to). For this example it would be 9 X 11.5.

Save it as a PDF, and print the PDF. Make sure when you are printing from the PDF that it doesn't have shrink to fit selected. You should now have no bleed.

Have you tried to do this with a .jpg that is exactly 8.5 X 11 successfully? Or any other file for that matter? I have never seen an office printer that can do this. I am not saying they aren't out there, just that I haven't worked with one.
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Author Comment

ID: 33678924
I never mentioned a physical printer.  I was just trying to get a PDF without a border - as the brochure image goes to the edge of the brochure (no border).

The image is slightly larger than 8.5x11 (about 8.54"x11.4").  This is because the printer that created the template typically prints brochures at this size, then trims the paper down to 8.5x11 leaving you with images that extend to the edge of the printed brochure.

My problem is printing a PDF that is 8.54"x11.4" using Adobe Acrobat.  I just don't see a way to do it.

IMHO, that's just stupid.  Adobe PDF files should not be restricted to only standard sizes.  They are VIRTUAL documents - so the dimensions should not matter to PDF creation software.

There must be a way to make Adobe Creator print custom sized documents without resizing them to fit the limited standard document sizes listed in Adobe Acrobat.
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Expert Comment

ID: 33679034
Well in that case, It isn't Adobe being "stupid". It is actually your printer. If you will notice when you choose print to PDF, the size is actually correct. Only after you choose a printer does this change. The limits are due to your printer settings, not Adobe. As you can see from the images I am uploading, the sizes are far from standard, and show up properly in Adobe.

Some printers will allow you to set a custom size, and some won't. I hope you have a better understanding of the process now. If you have any other questions, let me know.

Author Comment

ID: 33679392
I'm not using a printer.

{edited by _alias99}

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Expert Comment

ID: 33682977
You have to choose the setting as I have shown you in the image I sent. If you pick the exact settings shown, it will work.
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Expert Comment

ID: 33690802
I completely object to closing this question. cerksees was being rude from his original post to vanwraps. I attempted to help with this question. At first I thought he was talking about an actual printer. He mad it abundantly clear it wasn't. I replied with the correction and cerksees for some reason didn't acknowledge the fact that I did show him how to make this happen.

If you will look at the picture I uploaded you will see it clearly has PDF as the printer option. The settings that I circled are what is required to have a "bleed" like he asked. I spent a descent amount of time trying to explain.
<edited by WhackAMod>
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Expert Comment

by:David Brugge
ID: 33691046
If no other objections, all points to jeremyjared74

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cerksees earned 0 total points
ID: 33705503
Here is the correct answer.....note that there is no physical printer involved.

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Expert Comment

ID: 33705517
I guess you finally followed the directions correctly.
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Expert Comment

by:Jason C. Levine
ID: 33705626
I'm confused.  The most recent screenshot purporting to be the correct answer is someone changing the printer definition properties of the PDF "printer"

The screenshots from the Expert are basically the same thing (modifying the PDF printer to produce the desired result).  That the screens look different could be due to different versions of Acrobat or Windows OS,


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