How do I set up my artwork for Raised Spot UV cards?
When creating a Raised Spot UV job, you must include a Spot UV template file along with the regular print file. The Spot UV template file is used to show where the UV coating needs to be applied.
Duplicate the artwork you want to add Spot UV to, and make the areas with Spot UV completely black.
Only use solid 100% K to indicate where you would like the UV. Do not use shadows, glows or grayscale images.
White areas on your Spot UV file will indicate no UV.
What is the difference between Spot UV and Raised Spot UV?
Spot UV cards are matte with specific parts of the artwork with a glossy layer. Spot UV areas have a flat finish.
Raised Spot UV is the same process, except the gloss that gets applied is raised or stands out from the card. If you run your fingers over the card you will feel the raised imprint of the gloss surface.
What size font should I use for my Raised Spot UV design?
For best results, we recommend fonts no smaller than 6pt font on the Raised Spot UV Artwork. If fonts with thicker strokes are used, avoid fonts smaller than 9pt.
What can I do to ensure the best results for my Raised Spot UV card?
For best results, please make sure that UV coverage is less than 30%. Otherwise, the raised glossy imprinted areas will stick together and start smearing the cards together, and likely to become a block of cards.
Send your mask file through vector artwork such as Illustrator AI files for your artwork to have clear sharp edges.