What is spot uv? Why do I want it? How is it made?

As you may have heard, UV coating refers to applying a clear liquid coat over printed designs. This is treated under ultraviolet light, drying it instantly.

For some designs, spot UV is done instead. This is where you apply the UV coating only on specific areas of the printed design. You don’t have to coat the entire paper surface. The same drying process is used, but the depth effect you get is more focused on certain elements of your card.

For example, if you want to highlight your logo, spot UV on the edges could give it a luxurious sheen. Or if you have a custom image printed on your card, you could add spot UV to contrast it against the paper.

The great thing about it is that it doesn’t interfere with the colors of your print material. It only casts varying levels of gloss or texture based on what suits your style. The thick coating will also give your card a smooth and tactile quality.

However you use it, spot UV is a creative technique that adds texture and depth to your design.

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