Spot UV Business Cards
Apply Spot UV, a clear and shiny coating, to your Smooth Matte Laminate Business Cards for an extra punch! Spot UV is an added layer of gloss coating that brings out the most important elements of your design. With so many possibilities, you can even create a beautiful subtle pattern as a background image that will glimmer in the light. The contrast between the underlying finish and the shiny Spot UV layer is a truly eye-catching addition to your Business Cards!
Spot UV Process
Spot UV gloss can be applied to the surface of your business card, creating a clear and shiny layer in your own design on top of the printed artwork. This allows you to direct attention to the important aspects of your printed design, or to create subtle design elements that can only be seen reflecting in the light.
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Spot UV with Embossing
When combined with the high gloss of Spot UV, the addition of emboss makes your design both eye-catching and tactile. You have complete creative control to decide where to apply spot UV and which elements to emboss, allowing you to create the most stunning and individual business cards.
When combined with the high gloss of Spot UV, the addition of emboss makes your design both eye-catching and tactile.
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Most Popular Questions
Spot UV is an additional coating of clear gloss that is applied to specific areas on your print (as defined in your press-ready file setup).
It is a speciality finish that adds an extra touch and eye-catching, but classy, dimension to prints. It can be applied to a small area or cover a large portion of artwork. Commonly, designers will apply the Spot UV on their logo or as an overlaid clear pattern.
See: Spot UV product page for a gallery of photographs of this coating.
Setting up press-ready files for Spot UV
Spot UV files should be supplied as separations. This means the Spot UV layer is supplied in a separate file (or separate page) of your press-ready PDF file.
What is the minimum quantity for Spot UV?
The minimum quantity for Spot UV cards is 500.
Shaped cards and other speciality finishes for Spot UV have a minimum quantity of 1000.
Who are Spot UV Cards suitable for?
Spot UV cards are one of our most popular products – with all industries and professions. An inexpensive premium finish, a popular choice with:
- Designers – Graphic, Web, Fashion and Interior
- Media Industry
- PR Agencies
- Event Planners
- Social Media consultants and managers
- Customer Relationship Management
Will you check that my Spot UV file aligns correctly with my print file?
Our Prepress department is responsible for assessing files for potential print errors. Examples of these errors include incorrect bleed, colour space or low resolution photos.
Spot UV alignment to the print is an aspect of the design and should be verified by your designer prior to submitting an order – and then also confirming in your PDF Proof. We do not check this alignment during the proofing process.
Our Press and Quality Control teams will ensure that your order is printed as per the accepted proof.
What designs look best with Spot UV?
We like to encourage the most creative and exciting design work.
Many people choose to apply the Spot UV layer to simply text and logos on their business cards – however we suggest taking your design and creativity beyond this. Check out the gallery on our Spot UV page for some creative inspiration. Below are a few further tips:
- Blind Spot UV looks great on black (or other rich solid background colour)
- A tiled pattern, either shapes or your company logo, can create a striking texture over your card
- For the greatest impact of Spot UV on your logo, consider different ways that the clear gloss layer can be applied
- Spot UV highlighting parts of a raster image (such as water droplets) can create an eye catching effective if executed well (but can look unprofessional if not set up correctly)
How do I set up my design for Spot UV?
Spot UV setup is a complex process, we recommend having an experienced designer prepare your files.
Spot UV files can be set up following our general separations files article: Setting up press-ready separations file (Spot UV, Embossing, Foiling etc.).
Fine detail in Spot UV
Small areas and detail (smaller than 1pt line weight) may fill in/disappear when the Spot UV is applied - especially when reversed out. Thin lines might not print consistently.
The Spot UV coating is not as crisp and consistent as CMYK print. The CMYK colour print portion of this stock is offset quality with a 420 linescreen.
Does the Spot UV layer need to align to text or objects?
No, actually some of the best and most creative designs do not have the Spot UV layer registered at all.
What coating is Spot UV available on?
Spot UV is available on our 16pt Semi Gloss stock or 16pt Smooth Matte Laminate stock.
If you prefer a thicker stock with Spot UV, we can produce duplex of our Spot UV cards which will have an overall thickness of 32pt. As this is considered as a custom production, please submit a Custom Quotation form to receive a quote from our Print Estimations team.
If you are looking for Spot UV on a different stock, such as one of our Colorplan options, a similar effect would be the use of a clear foil. Although this is not as shiny and is more costly, foil is available on a wider range of stocks.
How small can I have my type to be legible in Spot UV?
Legibility text that is only in the clear Spot UV coating (also called "blind Spot UV") depends largely on the lighting. As nothing is actually "printed" in this scenario, you have to catch the lighting on the coating to read the text. We recommend your type size to be thicker and larger than 12pt Helvetica Regular for blind Spot UV.
If the Spot UV is registered to CMYK printing, then this is much more legible, see: What is the smallest font size I should use?
Can I have full-coverage of the Spot UV on my card?
Yes you can! This will be similar to a Super Gloss coating all over the card. You will need to specify this in the design file you upload into your order.
We do not recommend full coverage of the Spot UV on both sides – you should order Super Gloss coated cards for the same finish (and more cost effective!).
How accurate is the Spot UV registration?
Unfortunately we cannot guarantee exact Spot UV Gloss registration to the CMYK print. The Spot UV layer may shift up to 1mm in any direction.
A Spot UV card is printed with the CMYK design – and then the clear Spot UV coating is applied over the top of the card. As the Spot UV coating is applied at a different time and has different properties, it may not overlay exactly to the printed design.
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- Bleed Area
- Trim Area
- Safe Area
Bleed Area refers to images that extend to the very edges of a design. To prevent an unwanted white border from showing at the edge of your design, or for the design to appear slightly off-center, be sure to extend any background colors or design elements all the way to the edge of bleed (.125” past the trim on all four sides).
Trim Area refers to the amount of the image that will appear on your finished product. These areas will also be marked with ‘cut lines’ on your proof and are where we aim to cut your card.
Safety Area in most cases refers to 1/8 of an inch inside of the Trim Area. For thicker papers 20pt and up or wooden papers the Safety Area increases ¼ of an inch inside the Trim Area. we strongly recommend you keep important aspects of your design such as text and logos well inside of the Safety Area, otherwise, they may be cut off.