Finding a good spot to SPOT UV

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.

Any areas you would like to have the Spot UV applied to needs to be set as 100% black, replace any colour images with black areas, and set any text to 100% black.

  1. The easiest way to do this is and to ensure all your artwork will line up at the end is to start from your original artwork. Save a copy of your colour design work (Illustrator or InDesign files, not the final PDF) and name it Myfilename_SpotUV
  2. REMOVE ALL AREAS OF ARTWORK which are not designed to have the Spot UV applied.
  3. Remove any Drop Shadow effects.
  4. Use Illustrator or Photoshop to create single colour black versions of included images or logos and place these in place of the full colour imagery. Set any text within the document to 100% black. Ensure you replace all objects in exactly the same place.
  5. Export your artwork as a Press ready PDF with the exact same settings as your colour imagery, ensure you highlight in the file name of your Spot UV PDF that it is the Spot UV imagery, and to which side of the print it is to be applied.

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

  1. Open an A4 document in InDesign.
  2. Go to View - then Overprint Preview.
  3. Create an image box to the size of your artwork including the bleed, so if you have designed an 85mm x 55mm business card, your box should be 91mm x 61mm.
  4. Select the image box with the direct selection tool, and select File in the top menu, then Place, in the browser window, check the 'show import options' box and then Browse to and select your full colour imagery. In the options box, select Crop to: Bleed.

Once your satisfied with your artwork files, place your order and upload artwork to your order, add any artwork notes which you feel are relevant, and we will get your print out to you promptly.

Click here to place your order for Spot UV Business cards.