GEMINI PRINT SERVICE

LITHOGRAPHIC PRINT

Whether you call it lithographic, lithography, offset or litho printing! The important fact is that more than 50 skilled, friendly consultants and client service executives are ready to help you gain from the ‘power of print and paper’.

The Gemini Print litho printing service includes:

  • Clear estimates – effective pricing with no nasty surprises.

  • Sustainable paper sourcing – to support your eco standards

  • Artwork & design options – ensure your printing ‘gets the message across.’

  • Skilled print finishing – from simple folding & stitching to bespoke handwork options

  • Mailing, direct mail & distribution expertise – save time and costs, gain response and results

  • Delivered to you – a large fleet of vans and experienced drivers, full EPOD reliability

  • Total ‘Service & Solutions’ – gain from cost efficiencies, consistent brand management and time-saving efficiencies

You can call, book a meeting, or, you are welcome to visit a Gemini Print manufacturing centre to see work in progress (we don’t hide behind computer screens!).

The team will help you gain consultative advice, creativity, estimates and pricing with integrity, ISO-accredited colour management, skilled production, timing relevant to your needs, results-focused value – friendly client-focused ‘total service’.

More than 40 years of trusted experience, fully Accredited, impressive client testimonials, multi-award winning, plus consistent developments to achieve the best eco and environmental standards.

The Gemini Print team is ready to prove to you why clients say “Our Perfect Print Partner!’

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What is Lithographic or Litho Printing?

Lithography/lithographic, offset lithography, offset printing, or litho printing.

All terms to describe the commercial printing process when the design, images and text is photographically etched on a photosensitive sheet, known as a ‘plate’, covered in wet ink and transferred to a special rubber blanket on the press.

The plates used by Gemini Print are thin sheets of anodised fine grain hardened aluminium (all professionally re-cycled to environmental management standards)

The tens of thousands of colour variations are all created from the CMYK primary colours. Gemini Print uses vegetable-based inks (vegan certified) as one step in the positive environmental management process.

C

Cyan – Blue

M

Magenta – Red

Y

Yellow – As It Says!

K

Key – Black

At the artwork and pre-press production stage everything is split into the 4 individual colours and each colour is created onto an individual plate

The reasons many professional commercial printers do not offer high-quality lithographic printing is that it demands significant multi-million £ investment in the right standards of presses, substantial manufacturing resources, and skilled minders (the print industry jargon for the trained people who manage the print production process), plus the ‘set-up’ demands time, skills and proven experience.

The Gemini Print team is proud of the commitment and quality of their production and manufacturing colleagues – 100’s of years of proven experience, and a management that is bold enough to consistently invest in the leading-edge technology, MIS, and skills development good litho printing demands.

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Why Do Gemini Print Clients Choose Lithographic Printing?

Skilled litho printing is recognised for providing a consistent quality standard – even on long runs.

With any project needing a higher volume the time and cost of set up will quickly be absorbed so the unit cost impact is favourable.

The range of papers and boards etc that can be used on a litho press is much more extensive than e.g. digital printing – enabling greater choice in gaining the impact of your design.

Although Gemini Print digital printing offers a larger than usual paper size option the range of sheet sizes for lithographic printing is much bigger.

For every client and every project, the Gemini Print team will recommend the best printing solution

The decision about what method of printing will be most effective – value and quality of result – will be influenced by e.g.

DIGITAL PRINTING

LARGE FORMAT

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Will Lithographic Printing Produce Good Colour Results?

certified-print-colour-managementGemini Print is proud to achieve ISO 12647 COLOUR MANAGEMENT standards and certification. This demonstrates the accreditation and reviews to show that the team demonstrate optimum performance at each stage of printing, from creating or receiving the artwork all the way through to the final printed image.

Our litho printing offers the ability to use spot (PANTONE) colours in the same way CMYK would be used – an important stage in achieving colour consistency.  Pantone PMS (Pantone Matching System) can help with real impact with even the boldest orange, fluorescent pink, golds etc.

The ISO Colour Management accreditation is the internationally recognised colour management and workflow process standard to protect your brand guidelines and design objectives.

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Which Lithographic Presses Do Gemini Print Use – And Why?

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The full company name is Heidelberger Druckmaschinen Aktiengesellschaft (try saying that fast after a gin and tonic!).

Nicknamed by many as the Rolls Royce or Bentley of the printing equipment world – and known for being the reliable and innovative partner to professional commercial printers across the globe.  Established for more than 160 years with over 11,000 employees in 170 countries ensures Gemini Print can gain the standard of service and support necessary to provide secure 24 hour production for when your project is time critical.

To ensure clients have a range of sheet sizes and capabilities and prompt turnaround times for the most effective approach for any job, Gemini Print consistently invests in leading edge print manufacturing plant.  ‘Lithographic printing options include:

Heidelberg XL 106

HEIDELBERG XL 105

HEIDELBERG XL 106

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What Does B1, B2 And B3 Mean?

These terms are a way of defining the paper of board sheet size that a press can print on (as defined by ISO 216).  For projects that need larger sheets or a choice of 20 substrates and materials please refer to Gemini Print Large Format Printing.

B1

707mm x 1000mm

B2

500mm x 707mm

B3

353mm x 500mm

B Series Paper Size Tolerances: ISO 216 specifies tolerances for the production of B series paper sizes in the same way as for A series paper sizes, the specific details of which are as follows:

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A Brief History Of Lithographic Printing

Invented In 1798

Invented in 1798 by Alois Senefelder in the kingdom of Bavaria. He was an author and actor who wanted to reduce the cost of publishing theatrical works.

Limestone

The printing was originally from a smooth piece of stone – limestone. The ancient Greek word for stone is lithos -and graphein, meaning to write – producing the term lithographic

Principles

The scientific principles of litho printing are based on the principles that oil and water do not mix. The positive part of an image will be a water-repelling hydrographic substance, while the negative parts of an image will be water-retaining hydrophilic.

Chromolithography

Godefroy Engelmann in France, during 1837 developed multi coloured printing (chromolithography) using a separate stone for each colour – each colour passing through the press individually. The big challenge would have been keeping the images aligned. Maybe the big blocks of flat colour design style of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec posters around this time were influenced by this.

Toulouse Lautrec Eldorado
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Toulouse Lautrec Odeon Casino

Offset Lithography

The next big stage of development was ‘offset lithography’ using a photographic process onto flexible aluminium printing plates instead of stone tablets. The plates are covered in a photosensitive emulsion and a skilled process involves exposing the plate to ultraviolet light. Further developments led to CTP (Computer to Plate) ‘platesetters’ using direct laser technology.

Offset Print Diagram

Why Offset?

The word ‘offset’ is because the rollers with the hydrophobic ink do not come in direct contact with the plate. The plate rolls against a cylinder covered with a special rubber blanket which squeezes out excess water to ensure the ink is transferred to the paper with a consistent pressure.

Modern Presses

Modern presses at Gemini Print include multiple units that can each contain a printing plate enabling multi-coloured printing on both sides of the sheet in one ‘pass’.

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