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Euro, Standard, Square, Mini

Paper Type

Matte, Silk Matte


Straight, Rounded

Spot Gloss



500, 1000


Production Time


What are Spot UV Business Cards?

Whether you are aware of it or not, you have undoubtedly handled a business card that featured a full wash of UV gloss coating. That is because high gloss UV business cards are the most commonly produced type of card in the world.

Spot uv, as you might have guessed, means that the UV coating is only applied to certain areas or “spots” on the business card. This is generally utilized in order to create a desirable visual and tactile contrast between gloss and matte or uncoated mediums.

When submitting a spot UV business card order, you or your graphic designer must provide what we call a “spot mask” along with your regular CMYK print file.

The spot mask file is simply a black and white PDF, where anything that is shown in key black (100% K) will get coated with UV and anything shown in white will not. Make Sense? If not, please check out the file preparation tab.

Since “spot uv” means applying clear gloss to certain spots on the card, the base stock must have a matte finish in order to create that beautiful contrast that this finish is known for.

If the card was already fully coated with gloss, the spot-treatment would be pointless.

Spot UV FAQs

Example Uses: In the video depicted above, spot UV is used to create a repeating background pattern that provides just the right depth in order to make the logo jump right off the card. Other uses might include using spot UV to highlight a logo or employee name.

Often, good design is about creating contrast, it’s about guiding your viewer’s eyes and telling a convincing story by combining shapes, photos, color, and typography.

Spot UV business cards are an excellent choice for businesses that wish to really create visual emphasis. Spot UV also serves to create a textural or tactile contrast as well.

When your prospect runs their finger over your card for the first time, the variable sensation of smooth flat matte stock and the sleek of UV gloss will let them know that you are someone who pays attention to detail.

Spot UV Business Cards Resources:

If you’re looking for more information on how to use spot UV creatively with your new business card design, check out the links/articles below:

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Please set up your files with the following specs:

  • Bleeds: all files must have a 1/8″ bleed on each side
  • Safe Area: keep all critical text and artwork inside the trim
  • Colors: supply your files in CMYK color mode if you are printing 4-color process
  • Colors: supply your files with correct Pantone (U or C) colors selected in file.
  • Resolution: 300 dpi
  • Fonts: fonts must be converted to curves/outlines
  • Transparencies: flatten all transparencies
  • File Types: Preferred: PDF, EPS | Also accepted: TIFF or JPEG
  • ICC Profile: Japan Coated 2001

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Spot Gloss UV Business Cards Frequently Asked Questions

How can I get excellent results on Raised Spot UV Cards?

Your UV coverage must be less than 30% if you want the best results. Else, the cards may get stuck together. Also, use the vector-based program to create mask-file. The acceptable area with thin strokes, patterns or small shapes is 70%. It must not exceed 1” × 1”.

How do I create a raised spot uv order?

Both Spot UV jobs and Raised Spot UV jobs can be set up the same way. You should include a mask file for Raised Spot UV with the regular print file if you want to create a Raised Spot UV job. Make sure you’ve created the mask file in vector-based programs for example illustrator. The Raised Spot UV mask file will show where to apply the UV coating. But, use solid 100% K that will indicate where you want the UV. Avoid using glows, shadows or grayscale images. White represents no UV.

How do I setup files for foil or spot uv?

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How do I tell the difference between Spot UV and Raised Spot UV

Spot UV is a shiny layer with a flat finish. It goes precisely in the place where you’d want your piece to have a glossy coating. The Raised Spot UV is same as Spot UV. But, the applied UV stands out that you’ll feel it if you touch the card. It is raised to a depth of 50 microns.

How high does the raised spot uv stick up?

Raised spot UV designs generally have a depth of 50 microns. That is enough to be able to feel the raised detailing on a card. With spot UV, you could highlight certain elements of your business card, such as the logo, image, brand name, and others.

How to setup artwork files for spot uv?

When creating a Spot UV job, You must include a Spot UV template file along with the regular full color file. The Spot UV template file is used to show where the UV will be placed. NORMAL CMYK PRINT FILE                SPOT UV TEMPLATE FILE   Use 100% K to indicate where you would like the UV. White will indicate no UV. REMEMBER “IF IT’S WHITE, YOU CAN WRITE!”

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How do I setup a Spot Gloss UV artwork?

For a job of Spot UV, include a template file of Spot UV and a file of regular print. The template file of Spot UV shows the required area to apply UV coating. Spot UV For good quality, you must create mask files in programs that are vector-based(ex. Illustrator or CorelDRAW). Only solid 100% K must be used to specify where you want the UV. Glows, shadows or grayscale images must not be used. No UV is indicated by white. Remember! You may write, when its white.

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