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Business Cards
2.12.16

Here at Gemini Digital Colour we print high quality business cards on a selection of stocks. We also offer a variety of finishes to give your business cards a unique and professional look. If you are looking to have your business cards printed or want to speak to a member of our team for more information please head over to the contact page and get in touch!

High Quality
Stock

If your looking for quality, then look no further. We have a large selection of premium papers and boards to compliment your print and design work.

Examples of stock:

  • Essential Silk 380gsm

  • Premium Smooth Uncoated 350gsm 

  • MultiLoft Luxury Board 325 - 1300gsm

  • Pop'Set Black 320gsm

  • Kraft Board 350gsm

    + many more.

Unique
Finishes

It's time to shine! Embossing, Foiling, Spot UV Varnishing, Soft Touch Lamination and Die Cutting to name a few of the finishes we provide at Gemini Digital Colour. Business cards represent you as a person or a company, and a quality finish gives a great first impression. 

  • Embossing & Debossing

  • Die Cutting

  • UV Varnishing

  • Lamination

  • Foil Stamping

  • White Ink Printing

If you are looking to have your business cards printed or want to speak to a member of our team for more information please head over to the contact page and get in touch!

 

Books & Booklets

05.12.16

Saddle Stitched

Saddle stitching tends to be used with smaller booklets or brochures, using wires to bind the book together. This method is cost effective compared to other binding methods and has the fastest turn around. Saddle stitching is also a good choice if you intend to mail your work because it has minimal bulk and weight. Generally saddle stitching is used for:

 

  • Informational Booklets

  • Small Catalogs

  • Manuals

  • Pocket Guide

PUR & Perfect Bound

PUR & Perfect binding is arguably the most popular method for binding soft cover books, magazines and brochures. With these binding methods, the pages and cover are glued together at the spine with a strong, yet flexible, thermal glue. The other three sides of the book are then trimmed as needed to give them clean “perfect” edges. This wrap around cover with spine gives a more aesthetic and professional finish as opposed to saddle stitching.

Whats the difference?

The only difference between PUR and Perfect Bound books is the glue used to bind them. Perfect binding uses Ethylene Vinyl Acetate (EVA) adhesive whereas PUR binding uses an adhesive called Polyurethane Reactive hence the name PUR.

 

PUR binding uses a far superior type of adhesive which gives it many advantages. It is the strongest method of binding and also the most flexible which makes it ideal for heavy use applications. In fact PUR binding is 2.5 times stronger than Perfect Binding. This method of binding is also able to withstand extreme temperatures and does not crack in cold conditions or re-melt in hot conditions.

Wiro Bound

Wiro binding is another binding method we use at Gemini Digital Colour. This method is beneficial because of the ability to use any stock, there are no limitations on finishes and its cost effective. The use of a Wiro Bound book allows you to fold the pages back on itself without any limitations or damaging the spine of the book. Wiro Binding is commonly used for:
 

  • Calendars

  • Notebooks

  • Recipe Books

  • Manuals

If you are interested in getting a book/booklet printed or want to speak to a member of our team for more information please head over to the contact page and get in touch!

 
 

Swatch Books

06.12.16

We know how tricky it can be choosing the perfect paper for your digital print projects - so we have produced a range of paper swatches to help your decision making easier.

Our Digital Print Swatch Book showcases the full range of paper stocks from our standard Silk and Gloss papers to beautiful pearlescent and luxury multiloft boards. Whilst our White Ink Swatch Book showcases coloured, metallic, pearlescent and specialist papers and boards to help your digital print projects really stand out. 

 

Each swatch book showcases a variety of designs, text and images as well as recommending various uses for the individual papers so that you can easily visualise and select the correct paper for your print and designs.

To take advantage of our FREE swatch books along with our FREE proofing service to test your next print project -please use the contact form on our website to request a swatch book, or alternatively you can give us a call on 01656 652 447. 

 

Bleed, Margins & Crop Marks

07.12.16

Understanding bleed and crop marks when designing for print can be daunting if you have never done it before. Bleed is when the artwork is extended beyond the working area of your design. Generally 3mm is the minimum amount of bleed your document should have. This is to avoid any unwanted white borders when the print is trimmed to size. Take a look at the diagram below:

The dotted red lines represents the 3mm bleed outside of the document. The artwork on the document should reach the edges of the bleed. The blue border represents the documents margins. Margins are also an important aspect of preparing your design for print, and is used so that your content i.e text is not too close to the document edge. Having text or other objects close the the edge runs the risk of it falling of the page when trimmed.

A4 Document Without Bleed

A4 Document With 3mm Bleed

Illustrated above is the same A4 document, one without bleed and one with 3mm bleed. Once bleed has been added to an A4 document the dimensions should be 303mm x 216 mm (3mm bleed on every edge).

Adobe's InDesign software makes it easy to set up your document including adding bleed, margins and the page size. To add bleed you simply use the bleed box and add 3mm to the top, bottom, left, and right sides of the document. Below is an image to illustrate how bleed is added in InDesign:

Crop marks are used to indicate the final size of the print and where the document is to be trimmed. Adding crop marks in InDesign is straight forward. Once you have finished your design and are ready to export it to a PDF format select File > Export > Marks & Bleeds > Crop Marks.

If you require more information or help on setting up your document ready for print please get in touch by using our contact form.