I’ve added .125 inches bleed to my A4 document and saved as High quality print from Illustrator.
Now if you see, top and bottom has some empty space. I know I could extend the image fully to bleed marks like I did on left and right (doesn’t mean I haven’t extended image on top and bottom. I did (1-2 mm), but very less as compared to left and right).
Now I’m pretty sure (I’m assuming printer knows artboard/document size so it will cut from there) it won’t create problems while paper is cut, but it looks weird in PDF. Is it the default behavior of print PDF or can it be disabled in PDF, so that only artboard view is visibile? Also, will it create print problems?
If you have been asked to create a 0.125″ bleed, then you should make sure the image fits the bleed or overlaps it slightly. If it doesn’t extend all the way to the edge, then it will not technically be a 0.125″ bleed.
If it doesn’t quite reach, then enlarge the image slightly so that it does. When you save the PDF, in the export settings, add trim marks to make sure the print finisher knows exactly where to cut it, and set it to “Use document bleed settings”. Note that the trim marks will be cut off anyway, and so won’t be visible in the finished document.