Information on Bleeds
Printers cannot print right to the edge of a paper sheet. To create that effect, the printer must use a sheet which is larger than the document size. Then the printer prints beyond the edge of the document size (by 1/8"), then cuts the paper down to the document size.
It is the designer's responsibility to set the bleed correctly. For example, when setting up a 5.5 x 4.25 (quarter page) job, you should START your job at 5.75 x 4.5 (templates for many popular sizes are available in our templates section). By extending the image past the cut mark, the cutter blade cuts through ink, rather than trying to cut exactly on a line, which is next to impossible. Shown below is a diagram of a properly set up piece. The blue lines signify where we will cut the job. The red-tinted area beyond the blue lines signify "bleed area." As a rule of thumb, try to keep important information at least 1/8" from the cut lines, as this ensures nothing important will be cut.