It's good to have a plan to start. We would recommend designing your artwork with Spot UV in mind, as apposed to adding the Spot UV as an afterthought. The better your artwork, the better your Spot UV will be.
Spot UV has an accuracy tolerance of about 0.5mm. If you are trying to match up an object on the colour artwork with a Spot UV layer above, here are some considerations to help get the best fit.
What to avoid
The business card to the right is a case of what to avoid. A standard business card, with a pleasant enough design, then it's been decided it needs SpotUV. Applying SpotUV to small text or narrow strokes is a bad idea. A slight movement in the UV, and the text appears to just have a shiny drop shadow, not what the designer intended. Nor is this the most striking use of SpotUV even when to SpotUV fits perfectly it is hardly noticeable, more distracting than stunning. Please try to avoid having spot uv on any areas smaller/thinner than 0.6mm as this will result in the spot uv not being applied to that area or will have a drop shadow as mentioned earlier.
THREE easy steps to get your artwork ready for Spot UV
1.The first step is very simple, you just need to put together the artwork or the colour printed part of your artwork.
Open a new document, we recommend using InDesign or Illustrator. Create your artwork as normal, save your document, name your file myfilename_colour imagery
Export as a press ready PDF in CMYK, with 3mm bleed.
2. Now you need to create a new PDF containing only the areas on the card the Spot UV will be applied to.
You can also add additional objects to the spot UV file, which are not in the original colour imagery to add texture to your card. For example, Spot UV applied to a solid black Matt Laminated background is an easy way of creating a very effective and stunning visual effect.
3. Checking that everything lines up
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