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Use of document bleed and nesting in Layout


This document explains how to nest or but up images using document or other types of bleed, allowing for the correct finishing in Layout.


To ensure the final lay-up of images has the correct amount and type of bleed with a lay for efficient finishing.


The process steps involved:

  1. Trim
  2. Bleed
  3. Alignment and nesting of copies

The first step after importing an image in Layout is to set the image to the final output:

  • Select image
  • Select Trim box on the Page function.  The Trim box is the final output size of your image after finishing.  It removes all bleed present in the image.


  • In Image Marks you select what type of bleed you wish and the desired width of bleed:

Types of bleed:

    • Mirror: mirrors the end of the image
    • Stretch: will stretch the last pixel of the image
    • Solid color: generates bleed by a color of choice
    • Document: is the bleed provided by the originator of the image (if available)


  • Select desired finishing marks: crop, label or registration marks if not already provided in the document bleed
  • After adding the amount of images desired, go to Alignment /nest function
    • Choose whether to leave a space between the images or but-up
    • Confirm by clicking Nest

The but-up function will leave the bleed on the outside, but remove it on the inside with one cut line:


The gap will add the bleed all round and generate a space between the images:


Updated on May 19, 2022

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