How to setup bleed
January 31, 2018


Spot UV

When creating a 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. SPOT UV mask files must be 100%  solid black and white, no gray or gradients. Black indicates the areas with SPOT UV and white indicates areas without SPOT UV. Black areas should be 100K (100% black) with no other colors.

It requires separate mask files for the front. That means, for 2 sided  business card, we need  3 artworks:  (1) front artwork, (2) front Spot UV,  (3) back artwork.

For best results, make sure that Spot UV coverage is less than 50% of the artwork area
Please be aware that there may be up to 1/16″ shift on the placement of the Spot UV. Keep this in mind if you are trying to align foil with other printed artwork on the card.

Please see the images above  to see what mask files should look like. Remember that black in the mask file must be 100k where you would like the Spot UV to go.

For better quality we recommend creating mask files in vector based programs such as Illustrator or CorelDRAW.

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