What is the slug area?
A slug area is the name used to describe the area outside the printing area and bleed area of a document that contains the registration mark and other printing instructions for the printer.
In newspaper editing, a slug is a short name given to an article that is in production. The story is labeled with its slug as it makes its way from the reporter through the editorial process. In the production process of print advertisements, a slug or slug line, refers to the "name" of a particular advertisement.
- A slug line is different from a scene heading. Slug lines direct our attention to what's important within a scene. They add punch, and can be used to heighten the pacing. That being said, they can become annoying if used excessively. Camera angles written as slug lines, such as “REVERSE SHOT,” are usually superfluous.
- Slugging is a term used to describe a unique form of commuting found in the Washington, DC area. It has thousands of vehicles at its disposal, moves thousands of commuters daily, and the best part, it's FREE! Not only is it free, but it gets people to and from work faster than the typical bus, metro, or train.
- In the pharmaceutical industry, granulation refers to the act or process in which primary powder particles are made to adhere to form larger, multiparticle entities called granules. Granulation is extensively used in the manufacturing of tablets and pellets (or spheroids).
The bleed and slug areas are discarded when the document is trimmed to its final page size. Objects outside the bleed or slug area (whichever extends farthest) are not printed. When printing, you can override the default location for bleed marks in the Bleed And Slug area of the Marks And Bleed area.
- Bleed is a printing term that is used to describe a document which has images or elements that touch the edge of the page, extending beyond the trim edge and leaving no white margin. For example, an 8.5”x11” page with bleed must be printed on an 11”x17” sheet and then cut to size.
- The final size of a printed page after excess edges have been cut off is the trim size. Commercial printing companies often print several copies of one document on the same large sheet of paper. Then the company trims the large sheet down to the finished size of the printed piece—the trim size.
- Crop marks, also known as trim marks, are lines printed in the corners of your publication's sheet or sheets of paper to show the printer where to trim the paper. They are used by commercial printers for creating bleeds where an image or color on the page needs to extend all the way to the edge of the paper.
By definition, Bleed is a printing term that refers to graphics or design elements which extend beyond the print edge of your design piece. Bleed ensures that no unprinted edges occur in the final trimmed document. This tutorial with work in many previous versions of Adobe InDesign as well.
- The gutter margin is a typographical term used to designate an additional margin added to a page layout to compensate for the part of the paper made unusable by the binding process. In a facing pages layout (Word refers to this type of layout as "mirror margins"), the gutter margin is on the very inside of both pages.
- When ready to output, use Photoshop's File > Print with Preview command. In the Print with Preview dialog box, check the box “Show More Options.” In the Output area, check the “Corner Crop Marks” box, then click the Bleed button. You can specify a bleed from 0.0 to 0.125 inches.
- Delete crop marks. To delete an editable crop or trim marks, select the trim marks and press the Delete key. To delete a crop marks effect, select Crop Marks in the Appearance panel, and click the Delete Selected Item icon .
Updated: 2nd October 2019