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Call us: 20th August 2020

Thursday, August 20th, 2020

We take  your calls directly here at our office and production rooms.

This means you  can  speak to experienced and knowledgeable staff straight away .

We have found this more hands on approach in the company has led to us getting to know our customers needs and requirements more, and so provide an even faster response when you most need help .

We love to advise and help with new customer enquiries, sharing our wealth of experience  to help you get the right product.short haired lady ,enormous smile with headset ready to chat

Call us on 01702 530 354

We can also help via live chat or email:

una@duplicationcentre.co.uk

We also provide answers to some of the most frequestly asked questions in our FAQ here:

https://www.duplicationcentre.co.uk/faq.html

Why do Colours sometimes look different on my Monitor & Printer:July 13th 2020

Thursday, August 13th, 2020

Why is it that your printed colours look different to what you see on your monitor? Everything looks great on the screen but the prints come out subtly different.

The truth is you will never see a perfect match between images on the screen and images on paper, they are simply put, two very different entity’s.

Colour Space, RGB and CMYK

You monitor image is made us from pixels, these are thousands of tiny lights, and each of these lights can produce around 16 million colours, which is more than our eyes can recognise! These lights are know as  the RGB (Red, Green, Blue) colour space.

A printed image is made up from dots of ink splashed on a piece of paper. We use 4 ink colours for this, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Key black. These 4 make up the CMYK colour space. The first three colours are used to reproduce colour, in a similar way to your monitor, the final ‘Key black’ is needed for practical reasons, but its not so important to this topic.

When light hits an colour ink splash on the paper, only the same colour light is reflected, which is a small part of the light which hits is. In contrast the same dot of colour on screen it a light source itself and much stronger than a reflection. So it should already make sense why printed paper would not be as bright on screen, they exist in a smaller range of brightness!

There’s also another restriction on printed images which is because the reflected light is relatively small they only produce a relatively small range of colours, perhaps a few thousand at the most. This is a big reduction from the 16 million available on your monitor! Now you don’t need to worry about this too much, our computers and printers are very good an handling these difficulties, but you should try to keep in mind the subtle details in images can be lost, for example, dark grey text on a black background that is only just visible on screen, will probably as solid black.

You cannot print light!

The next experiment, take a printed image and hold it next to the computer monitor. Now turn the lights off, which one can you see!

The fact is you cannot print light to a piece of paper. So the bright and florescent Reds, Pinks, Yellows, etc which which have so much energy can only be produced with a light behind them. The moment you convert them to print they will be much duller. There are techniques which might help a little when converting them, but really is no fix for this one. If you are designing artwork for print the ideal solution is to use the CMYK colour space from the beginning. This way there are no surprises at the end.

Other factors

The reflection of an ink splash on paper is only a close approximation of the intended colour. Even the type of light bulb in the room your in can affect the colours you see! The same is true for the type or paper you are printing on. So imagine if the the papers are different, or one of them is not paper at all, perhaps a plastic CD. Or maybe the printers are made by different companies, or use different printing technology. Variation is the prints will be expected.

Again, this is not something you need to look at fixing yourself, printers and the things they print on are carefully ‘tuned’ so they produce images as accurately as possible.

The Proof is in the pudding

So you’ve carefully designed some art, keeping in mind all the possible variations, but have you done it right?

You could ask us to check, we’re the experts right? Well yes, but even experts can make mistakes but more importantly this is the first time we have seen you art. We have no way of knowing what effect you are trying to achieve, we don’t know if you have a golden Sun tan or an orange glow, we don’t know if the car in the background should be Green or Blue, or if there way supposed to be the outline of a cat in the shadows.

So who is best placed to check this then? Easy, the same person who knows exactly what the artwork should look like…. You!

I know, we’ve gone full circle, but the solution to this problem is a proof print. Proofs are very common in the print industry and will show you exactly how the print comes out. They are not always necessary, especially if your experienced enough to know what you might receive but if this is you first venture into print, and the details for this one need to be perfect then a proof is definitely the way to go.

You can have a free hard copy proof before we print your full run ….just ask for this in the notes when you order and we will print & send you a proof copy to check and approve before we print the full run.

You can read about this here in our artwork section on the website:

https://www.duplicationcentre.co.uk/artwork.html

 

 

 

Lockdown Sessions: 15th May 2020

Friday, May 15th, 2020

White cd disc with words printed in black LOCKDOWN music recorded during covid 19 virusWonderful title for an album recorded during a time that we won’t forget!

Allotment/Work Connection: 7th May 2020

Thursday, May 7th, 2020

We try to recycle or reuse as much as we can at work in all areas whether it be paper parts, envelopes, boxes, discs or ink cartridges.

I am loving to be able to reuse over-run CD’s & DVDs at my allotment to act as bird scarers.cds with burn side showing ties through centre hole with string

Easter at Duplication Centre: 9th April 2020

Thursday, April 9th, 2020

Hello Everyone.

Just to let you know that although we close the office for the Easter break you can still get a quote & order online .

You can upload your art and content to us so we can get to work straight after the Easter break (Tuesday 14th April),this way your order will not be held up.

Visit the website to get a quote and also to download our free artwork creation tool.

www.duplicationcentre.co.uk

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We Do Waterproof Print ! 13th March 2020

Friday, March 13th, 2020

I thought it was worth letting our customers know that at Duplication Centre we also specialise in Waterproof Print.

https://www.waterproofprint.com

Using our State of the Art Richo Pro C7100sx we produce waterproof print in 300 gsm and 170 gsm for outdoor pursuits,outdoor cafes & restaurants, aqua sport and other marine needs, maps, walking & hiking, leaflets & flyers….and the occasional poster for a lost cat!!!

We are proud to say that we  have just completed an order for the Royal Society For the Protection of Birds.

A4 booklets ringbound with various outdoor scenes of wildlife

Ready for outside use in the RSPB Hides.

New Year,New Project: 22nd Jan 2020

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020

We are delighted to still be bringing to our customers such high quality CD’s , DVD’s & Blu-Ray.

If you’ve been considering putting your music onto disc, come to us for help and advice for the best results for you.

Although our most popular products are the eco-friendly card products we still do the full range of traditional plastic cases, and where we can we buy eco-friendly or recyclable plastic.

Give us a call if you need any help with your order; we have both technical and administrative staff to guide you through.

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Still time For Christmas Orders: 12th Dec 2019

Friday, December 13th, 2019

You still have time to place your orders with us and receive them before Christmas.

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We have an incredibly fast turnaround time and will always help with a rush order if we can.

Give us a call on 01702 530354 or visit the instant price calculator to place your order:

http://www.duplicationcentre.co.uk

CD’s,DVD’s & BLU-RAY’s for CHRISTMAS: 5th December 2019

Thursday, December 5th, 2019

Still time to stock up or buy for the first time CD’s, DVD’s & Blu-Ray’s to sell at Christmas Gigs and Productions.

Last date to get your master and art to us for your order to arrive before Christmas is Midday on Thursday 19th December.

We are always happy to help you out if we can, with tight deadlines …call us on 01702 530354 and see if we can help you.cds on a table varoius christmas prints all festiveSmiling lady with red dress and christmas tree in the backgroundred cd with christmas baubles in plastic case

Father Christmas with arms open and a beautiful Christmas tree next to him

Recycling CD’s & DVD’s: 26th Nov. 2019

Tuesday, November 26th, 2019

We are always on the look out for ways to recycle CD’s & DVD’s because no matter how hard we try we do get discs that are unusable; they sometimes get spoilt in the print process or rejected from the burners if there is an error.

Ball with mosaic silver pieces cut and glued on to sparkle and shine and spin

With Christmas on the horizon I saw a great way to make some unique decorations.

Get a polystyrene ball, the kind you can buy in craft shops.

Cut up a CD or DVD irregular or regular shaped pieces, and glue them onto to polystyrene…bit like a disco ball :)…add a ribbon or string for hanging it!

 

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