What is Printing Bleed?

Bleed, how much bleed does it need… what is printing bleed?!
If you ever request print design like a business card or flyer, then chances are that you’ll be asked to include bleed or your designer may ask you how much bleed your printer wants.  
Why is bleed important?
When you get a design printed you want it printed right to the edge, not with a border of white.  How this is done, is by allowing a little extra all around the edge (3-5mm is standard) and trimming it off later.  That little extra is called bleed.
The below image explains bleed.
Image: Valentines Day Flyer 2014 for Feddish Restaurant, Federation Square, Melbourne, Australia 

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