Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Spot UV: Overview

Today we're going to go over one of our favorite, easy ways to make a full color job exciting using Spot UV! Spot UV printing can be a little intimidating, if you've never heard of it before, so lets start with the basics:

What is Spot UV? 
Spot UV is the application of UV coating to a portion or isolated area of a paper surface, typically to achieve a distinct contrast between matte or uncoated surfaces.
Printed on 16PT Stock with Full Silk Lamination (Matte finish coating) with Spot UV
When should I use Spot UV? 
Spot UV can be used subtly to draw attention to key details in a design, such as making your logo shine or it can also be used as a design element on it's own, to make a texture on an otherwise plain surface. Whether you want to keep it simple or get creative, Spot UV will add that little special unique attribute you want, without raising your bottom line.
How do I set my own artwork for Spot UV? 
When creating a Spot UV Job, we require a second file which is your Spot UV Mask file. The Spot UV Mask file tells us where you want your Spot UV to be placed.Use 100% K to indicate where you would like the UV. All white will indicate no UV coverage. 
Please keep in mind, that the files match up perfectly, to avoid Spot UV being applied to the wrong spot.

How cool does Spot UV look? 
Simply put, Spot UV looks awesome!

Spot UV is also available on:  
Business Cards, Bookmarks, CD/DVD Covers,Door Hangers, Flyers, Greeting Cards, Postcards,Presentation Folders, Rack Cards and Custom Items