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How to prepare artwork for spot uv gloss

Posted by Peter Saunders on Sunday, January 05, 2014

Spot UV gloss artwork needs to be on a separate layer to the rest of your business card artwork. It should be 100% black and needs to cover the entire area you wish to have spot UV gloss added to. The spot gloss file should contain no other artwork elements apart from the spot gloss area and should ideally be created as a vector graphic.

Spot gloss business card artwork preparation

The spot gloss UV plate is treated as a single (spot) colour and setting up the artwork is simple to do. Accuracy is key.

If we are designing your spot gloss business card for you we will take care of the spot gloss preparation. If you’re designing your own business card then the following will explain how to set up the spot gloss artwork.

The spot gloss business card artwork needs to be on a separate layer to the rest of your business card artwork. It should be 100% black and needs to cover the entire area you wish to have spot UV gloss added to. The spot gloss file should contain no other artwork elements apart from the spot gloss area. Below is an image of a main artwork file and a spot gloss file.

In the example above, the client wanted a small bike graphic to be repeated in spot gloss on top of the black part of the business card. The spot gloss bikes had to stop at the edges of the logo and the wings. The spot gloss file has been set up in solid black detailing the area where the spot gloss varnish will be applied.

Spot gloss registration can vary around 1mm during production. This is something to keep in mind if the area for spot gloss is very fine and relies on near perfect registration. It is important to ensure your spot gloss file sits perfectly on top of your business card graphics when you supply the file. The best way to do this is to create your artwork on separate layers. This will ensure everything is perfectly registered. When it comes to exporting the file, you can simply select just the layer with the spot gloss artwork on and export to PDF. You can also supply your artwork as an Adobe Illustrator file.

Supplying the files this way will help us achieve the best registration possible for your spot gloss uv business card.

If you are unsure about anything you can upload your files to us via our website or you can email them [email protected], and we will check them over for you prior to production. If you have any questions you can call us on 0116 2403651.

 


About the author

Peter Saunders is a multifacted graphic designer that has worked as a designer, printer and print finisher. All three jobs have given him an excellent understanding of everything involved in creating print marketing. At After Hours Creative, Peter splits his time between graphic design, getting his hands covered in ink, operating foil presses and taking naps on his adobe cushions (only when working late, he's not lazy!). Peter is the go-to guy for any artwork queries or anything related to print!

Peter Saunders is a multifacted graphic designer that has worked as a designer, printer and print finisher. All three jobs have given him an excellent understanding of everything involved in creating print marketing. At After Hours Creative, Peter splits his time between graphic design, getting his hands covered in ink, operating foil presses and taking naps on his adobe cushions (only when working late, he's not lazy!). Peter is the go-to guy for any artwork queries or anything related to print!

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