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Spot UV

What  exactly is it?
What should we look out for?

What is exactly Spot UV?

Spot UV is a very shiny varnish that is applied in specific spots of the printing surface, in order to make the image more vivid or even to create its own graphs.
 
The varnish is applied with the method of silk screen printing that afterwards is exposed to Ultraviolet radiation. The radiation causes immediately a harder and a more shinning appearance on the specific spot.

Combining Spot UV

Having a better result when applying UV, it is essential to have low contrast with its background. Also, it should cover a surface that is big enough to be visible.
 
It is commonly used in business cards, labels, brochure covers and books. For even more impressing results, it can be combined with Matt Lamination and Embossing, especially if the areas that the UV and the Die Stamping match. Another way to highlight with Spot UV is making it appear as 3D.

What should we look out for? 

The bigger the surface Spot UV will cover, the easier it will be to show the reflection it creates. This eye-catching effect gets even greater when it is applied on a Matt Laminated background.

Another option is to combine Spot UV with Die Stamping or 3D. Furthermore, when the background colour is similar to the colour under the varnish, then the result will be even more obvious and impressive.

On the other hand, in case we want to combine it with Die Stamping, we will not be able to use the back side of the paper, since the imprint of the Die stamping will appear there.

We should also be aware that it cannot be applied in special papers, other than velvet paper because usually, these papers are very absorbing.

Samples of Spot UV

Here are some samples of business cards with Spot UV we presented in Graphica Expo 2019, which is the biggest fair on Printing & Visual Communication in Greece

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