I'm working with the article document class:

\documentclass[a4paper, twoside, openleft, showtrims]{article}

I need to print a page that has color on the edges. The people who need to print this asked to add a 3mm on each page so they can cut it.

Solution (by Christian Hupfer) for the crop marks:

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    – user31729
    Commented May 29, 2014 at 14:34
  • some possibly useful information in the answer to this question: What is bleed, and how do I achieve it?. there are further links here that point to examples. Commented May 29, 2014 at 14:37
  • \usepackage{crop} and for example tex.stackexchange.com/questions/171459/… how to apply it...
    – user31729
    Commented May 29, 2014 at 14:38
  • It worked. But I still need to add an extra 3mm at each side to make the a4 a little bigger.
    – Rastak
    Commented May 29, 2014 at 14:45
  • \usepackage[paperwidth=21.5cm,paperheight=30.5cm]{geometry} before \usepackage[...]{crop} if I remember the papersize of A4 correctly.
    – user31729
    Commented May 29, 2014 at 14:55

1 Answer 1


I am aware that this is an old question but since I arrived here looking for answers myself I thought I might share my findings.

The bleed can be added using the crop package. The way it works is that you define the page size you like for your final printed material as normal, e.g. using "a4paper" or "letter" in your documentclass command, or use geometry for custom page sizes.

In the document preamble, after you have specified the page size, you load the crop package and define the size of the page with the bleed. The size of A4 paper is 21x29.7cm so after adding 3mm (the typical bleed recommended by printeries) to each side the dimensions of the output should be 21.6x30.3cm.


  % set width and height to a4 width and height + 6mm
  width=21.6truecm, height=30.3truecm,
  % use any combination of these options to add different cut markings
  cam, axes, frame, cross,
  % set the type of TeX renderer you use
  % center the contents


\title{Bleeding edge test}

A 3 mm bleed on an a4 paper.


Of course, the 3mm bleed on each side is thought as the area onto which the printed figures or colored areas are supposed to extend. Even though your content should only extend 3mm from the page, you may want to define the width and height in crop as the dimensions of the print medium. E.g. if you are printing an A4 sized document with 3mm bleed on an A3 paper, you should make your content extend 3mm beyond the A4 dimensions but define the A3 dimensions as the width and height in crop.

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