Definition: (1) Photograph or line that runs off the page when printed. Photograph may bleed on any side and on one, two, three or all four sides (in latter case either a cover or double-page spread) according to position on page. * Bleed pictures always loose a percentage of picture area due to trimming of printed sheet down to published or trim size. (2) Spread of ink into fibres of support material e.g. paper through surface tension effects, most obvious with blotting paper; the effect causes dot gain. (3) In computer graphics, the diffused spread of colour from one object to another lying close together.

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