For our ‘how-to’ tutorial on Spot UV, we will be using one of our Spot UV cards from our sample box! This particular card is 95% Spot UV and is perfect to demonstrate how Spot UV works and most importantly how to set it up.
First, when submitting files that have Spot UV, the spot uv and print files need to be separated. For a business card that will have Spot UV on front and back, there will be a total of 4 files (2 printed, and 2 mask files). For the front of this business card, you will notice only a blue ‘we print’ on a black background. This file is what will be printed, not spot uv. This also applies for the back of this business card. The 2 files below will be printed (without spot uv).
Now, what you want to do is make your Spot UV layers 100% black. The white background indicates no Spot UV. Anything is that colored with 100% black will be coated in UV. You can simply do this by adding a color overlay to the merged layer. Your CMYK colors should read — C: 0% || M: 0% || Y: 0% || K: 100% –. This is what your files should look like when submitting them as a Spot UV Mask.
For the finished result before print, you will be sent a digital proof to show you where the Spot UV will be coated. The turquoise color indicates the Spot UV layers combined with the print layers. When submitting you files please label correctly such as (cardAprint.psd, cardAmask.psd, cardBprint.psd, cardBmask.psd)
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