GEMINI PRINT

SUPPLYING ARTWORK OR PDF’s TO GEMINI

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Design Services

The team provide original creative and design services – this work can be from a prepared brief, or your Gemini Print consultant can work with you to add ideas and input to the creative process focussed on achieving the results you want to achieve.

If you have any questions, your client services team will be happy to help you.

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Document Structure

  • Single page pdf’s all in one document

  • Please show as follows:

    • Outside Front Cover: Page 1
    • Followed by Page 2 – Inside Front Cover
    • Text pages must follow in order
    • Then – Inside Back Cover
    • Back Cover.
  • No double-page spreads unless agreed in advance with the Gemini Print Client Services and Studio team, even if some pages have read over images.

  • No spot colours in pdfs unless you want the colour to be printed (e.g. website or email addresses)

  • 3mm bleed on all sides. (areas with type or images don’t reach to within 3mm of the edge of the page don’t need to have bleed)

  • Single trim marks offset by 3mm. Offset pushes the trim marks out and away from the bleed area so that they don’t appear within the bleed.

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Fonts & Images

Please Note:  Always save your PDF at least 300 DPI / Print Production Settings

  • All pdfs need to be CMYK unless using Spot colours, in which case please make sure that the Spot colours are used correctly and are named properly, e.g. Pantone 345 C

  • No RGB images, please.  RGB  (red, green and blue) refers to the system for representing the colours to be used on a computer display – not printing.  Any RGB image will get converted to CYMK and may cause a colour shift that you’re not expecting.

  • All fonts need to be embedded. If the fonts are not embedded, Gemini Print cannot progress your design without additional process time.

  • Please use Adobe Acrobat version 1.4 or above.  If saving a Word file use  Options PDF Setting ISO19005-1 Complaint PDF/A this should embed your fonts effectively

  • All Images to be 300dpi in the final PDF. TIP: If they aren’t, and you started with a 300dpi image, then it’s most likely because you have enlarged the picture in your Desktop publishing software, i.e. Quark, Indesign, Photoshop.

  • Single trim marks offset by 3mm. Offset pushes the trim marks out and away from the bleed area so that they don’t appear within the bleed.

PDFs come in various versions, from v1.3 (flattened) to v1.8 (layered).  Most Desktop Publishing software will allow you to choose which version you save your pdf as.  Gemini Print would always recommend using the highest possible version (currently v1.8) as these are layered files and produce a better print image with less potential problems than 1.3 versions.

However, there might be times when a flattened pdf is the only way to make your pdf, in which case Gemini Print will use that version (Please note: we might not be able to do minor amends if needed to a PDF made as v1.3).

Acrobat Professional comes with the ability to FlightCheck your files.  Gemini Print normally do Flightchecks as a matter of course, but it would be better to sort out potential problems before we get the files to avoid any delays in the printing process.

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Sending Artwork

If you would prefer to send Gemini Print artwork for us to make pdfs, then there are a few things to note:

  • Please do a ‘collect for output’ in either Quark or Indesign. This will ensure that you have all the components that we require for making your pdf and printing your work.

  • In Quark go to the File menu and choose ‘Collect for Output’ and follow the instructions to save all the pictures, fonts and the Quark document all to a folder of your choice.

  • In Indesign go to the File menu and choose ‘Package’. Just choose where to save the documents and let Indesign do the rest.

If for some reason you cannot complete a ‘collect for output’, please collate all the components manually:

Gemini Print will require:

  • All the fonts used in the document

  • All the images that are linked to the document

  • The actual document either Indesign or Quark file.

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ZIP

The Zip format is the most popular compression format used in the Windows environment, and WinZip is the most popular compression utility. Why do people use Zip filesZip files compress data and therefore save time and space and make downloading software and transferring e-mail attachments faster.

Please remember to ZIP all the files into one compressed item and either email it (below 30mb) or upload the file to the Gemini Print FTP site (username and password on request to your Gemini Print client services team.)

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