Spot UV is an area of Ultra Violet gloss coating that creates a glossy finish to targeted areas of your print job. This works well on larger areas and as a pattern on a flat background, and it is not recommended for small text or thin lines.
Supplying your files
When supplying files for artwork containing Spot UV, you must supply artwork for the spot UV itself as well as your artwork. The spot UV artwork should consist of solid black shapes (100% K only, no cyan, magenta or yellow) in the exact position on the page where the spot UV is required, ideally in vector as opposed to bitmap formula. The Spot UV artwork should be on a separate page but have the same dimensions and crop marks in the same position as the design artwork.
Please note, Spot UV is applied using a process similar to screen printing, and has registration tolerances of approximately ±0.5 mm and is therefore not recommended for small text or thin lines.
Spot UV Business Cards
Please supply as 1 print-ready PDF file, containing 4 pages, as follows:
Page 1: Artwork Front
Page 2: Artwork Back
Page 3: Spot UV Front
Page 4: Spot UV Back
If you have a page that doesn't require either artwork or Spot UV, please insert a blank page so you always supply 4 pages in the correct order. To insert a blank page into your print-ready PDF, firstly create a blank PDF that is 85 x 55mm, then combine your files using Acrobat's Combine PDF function, or alternatively, insert the blank page into the PDF by using Acrobat's Insert Page function.
For a single-sided Spot UV Business Card, please supply a 2-page PDF file, page 1 being the artwork and page 2 being the spot UV artwork.