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Spot UV Coating

Spot UV Coating is a great way of creating visual impact by adding contrast to your printed piece. This extremely glossy coating creates an eye-catching effect that instantly gains people's attention. Spot UV is not a raised coating.

How do I create a spot "SPOT UV" layer?

  1. Build or import your file into a industry-standard raster or vector program, such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, or Adobe InDesign.
  2. Create a new layer, set it to "multiply" (in Photoshop create a new spot-color channel, in the channels palette.)
  3. Select image, text or pattern that you wish to have the "SPOT UV" coating, and make a copy of these items into the new layer or channel you created. Be sure to build in bleed, if the SPOT UV extends past the trim line. Please build in a bleed of at least 1.25".
  4. Fill the selected area with a spot color named "SPOT UV", specify this to overprint or "multiply".
  5. Fill the selected area with a spot color named "SPOT UV", specify this to overprint or "multiply".
  6. Make sure all other spot colors besides the "SPOT UV" specify this to overprint or "multiply"
  7. Export final file for submission:
    • Photoshop save files as DCS 2.0
    • Illustrator save files as .eps or .pdf
    • InDesign save files as .pdf
  8. Open and check your exported file; then submit to be printed.

1. Open your proof in Adobe Acrobat PROFESSIONAL (not Adobe Reader).

2. Notice that the areas that the "SPOT UV" will be applied to, will be a translucent red color.

3. Go to the menu:

  • Advanced > Print Production > Output preview
  • This will bring up a pallet with all the colors used.

4. Uncheck the box next to the spot color named "SPOT UV".

  • Advanced > Print Production > Output preview
  • This will bring up a pallet with all the colors used.