Supplying Artwork & PDF’s 2017-05-11T08:53:29+00:00


Supplying PDFs to Gemini for Printing? Then please use this guide for checking they are supplied correctly.

Document Structure

  • Single page pdf’s all in one document
  • Page 1 to be the Outside Front Cover page, followed by p2 – Inside Front Cover, text pages follow in order, then lastly the Inside Back Cover, followed by the Back Cover. This is very important if your document has no page folios!
  • No double page spreads unless already agreed with Gemini, even if some pages have read over images.
  • No unused spot colours in pdfs
  • 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.

Fonts and Images

  • 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), or whatever your pantone colours happen to be.
  • No RGB images, these 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 aren’t embedded then we cannot print your work.
  • All Images to be 300dpi in the final pdf – if they aren’t, and you started off with a 300dpi image, then it’s probably because you have enlarged the picture in your Desktop publishing software, ie Quark, Indesign, Photoshop.

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 – we 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 do. However there might be times when a flattened pdf is the only way to make your pdf, in which case we will use that version (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, however we normally do that as a matter of course, but it would be better to sort out potential problems before we get the files which may cause a delay in the printing process.

Sending Artwork

If you would prefer to send us 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 can’t do a ‘collect for output’, then you will need to collect all the components manually:

  • We require all the fonts used in the document
  • We require all the Images that are linked to the document
  • We require the actual document either Indesign or Quark file.

Finally, please remember to .Zip all the files into one compressed item and either email it (below 30mb) or upload it to our FTP site (username and password on request)

Many Thanks

Gemini Pre-Press Team