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Spot UV is a flat, high-gloss finish applied to select portions of your final product.

Raised Spot UV provides that same high-gloss finish on select portions of your product. The difference is that Raised Spot UV stands out from the rest of the piece. This difference in depth is noticeable when you run your fingers over the printed product.

You will need to provide a Spot UV file along with your regular artwork file. The Spot UV file shows us where the UV coating should be applied.

Spot UV

It is important to make sure that your "Spot UV" PDF file is identical in all respects (size, orientation, crop, position of images and text etc.) to your original CMYK artwork. For best results, use the following process:

  1. Open your artwork in Indesign or Illustrator.
  2. Create a new layer for the Spot UV application.
  3. Select the elements you wish to enhance with Spot UV and duplicate them to the new Spot UV layer.
  4. Create a NEW color swatch and name it "Spot UV"
  5. Select color type "Spot Color" and convert all Spot UV elements to this new spot color.
  6. Spot UV elements should all be set to 100% Opacity.
  7. IMPORTANT - Select all graphics on the Spot UV layer and set them to "Overprint Fill" in the Attributes palette (Window/Output/Attributes).
  8. Select "Overprint Preview" from the "View" menu to CHECK your work.
  9. Export this Spot UV layer as a single PDF with all trim marks.

With Spot UV coverage, less is more. We recommend less than 30% UV coverage, as more may cause your cards to stick together. Spot UV works best as an accent, and each area where it is applied should not exceed 1”x1”.

All art files for Spot UV must be vector artwork. Raster artwork will not ensure sharp edges that are crucial to a good result with Spot UV application.

We recommend no smaller than 6pt font size for standard weight fonts. For heavy or bold fonts, we recommend no smaller than 9pt font size. We do not recommend applying Spot UV to light weight fonts.