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Isn't Slug redundant, when Bleed oversteps the page and Bleed < Slug?

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  1. I read Scott's explanation, but Slug still feels redundant to me. Because Bleed < Slug, then whenever you cut the paper at Bleed, you will have cut off the Slug inescapably, simultaneously.

  2. What does Scott mean by "actual stock"?

Bleeds are used to ensure any trimming which may be slightly inaccurate does not result in the actual stock showing at the edge of the piece. Slugs are only used to pass along production notes and are never intended to be part of any actually printed piece a reader would see.

https://helpx.adobe.com/indesign/how-to/set-print-bleed.html

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http://www.theinformedillustrator.com/2016/07/trim-bleed-live-area-dimensions-for.html

The Informed Illustrator: Trim, Bleed, & Live Area Dimensions For Printing

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First: "actual stock" means the physical paper/wrap/billboard that your work is printed on. If this is an online-only work, there never will be actual stock. Different printing techniques have different accuracies for printable areas and trimming. The point of the bleed is to make sure that if you have ink out to the edge of the stock, it really does go out to the edge rather than leaving an unprinted area.

Second: "slug" is entirely virtual margin that appears in your workingfiles but is not rendered to paper or to an export to a final format. As mentioned, it is there for people to make comments or critiques rather than putting those in a separate document.

So. Slug will never be seen. Bleed may or may not be seen, depending on printing technique and trimming methods. Live is your safe area where everything interesting should be.

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