Posted by Olivia dela Rosa on November 04, 2014
The Process of Spot Gloss UV Printing explained and some great examples of Spot Gloss Finish Business Cards and Brochures
We’re always on the lookout for new, innovative ways that will change the game for the print design industry. But sometimes, the thing that catches our attention is the one that has already been around for some time. We’re talking about the beauty of printing with spot Gloss UV.
Spot UV or varnish happens to be one of the most popular techniques to increase the apeal of printing. Originally its purpose is to protect and cover the paper and ink, but because of its futuristic and glossy, sleek finish it is mainly applied to enhance the design and make it stand out.
Basically spot UV is a high-gloss liquid coating applied as a finish, after the print has been produced. It is a post-printing operation that can be done either online or after a while as the ink dries using a separate machine. You can consider using this finish depending on your design, the thickness of the paper (paper weight) you are using, and the details that you want to “highlight” in it. The UV part comes from the fact that this technique uses ultraviolet light to cure the glossy coating. The whole process can be actually quite simple to produce and also environmentally friendly, as the liquid coating does not contain solvents or give out volatile organic compounds after curing.
We love how spot UV can make even the dullest of designs look classy and sleek. For designs that are focused on typography or are trying to give a minimalistic feel, spot UV is perfect because of its accentuating effect. The partially coated element of the design catches light, giving it a strong contrast against the muted (matte) background. You’ll know what we’re talking about when you see our collection of print designs that got spot UV right. (Also, we have a surprise waiting at the end of this post so better to keep scrolling till the end.)
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By David, for David. Self-promotional business cards by David Trujillo. Smart use of silk laminate, blind spot gloss and a hint of rainbow foil.
How about a bit of silver ... and red? Business card for Un.titled. Design took a minimalist approach with clear and matte silver foil, with just a hint of red foil sandwiched in the middle.
Black on Black Spot Gloss Business card by Cat 5iveprint
Red Gloss finish business card design by Printnex
Black over white. Self-promotional business cards for Abel Martinez Foronda.
Savoir Faire business card design by Tasteofink
Blue card + red foil = classy. Business card for Radio designed by Tung.
Redesign your brand with a dash of gloss. Pen & Peplum's business cards are just a perfect balance between the blog's distinct branding and minimalist design, enhanced by a gloss UV finish. With a little help from a friend in providing the official logo, Pen & Peplum's creator Miranti designed her blog's new business cards, brand board and thank you cards as part of the site's rebranding.
We're seeing red. This is the official catalogue for the art exhibition Making Public, as designed by HelloMe.
Tracing paper and a hint of gloss makes a good cover. SETA catalogue cover designed by Ivaylo Nedkov for FourPlusStudio.
Nothing says luxury like gold. A piece from fashion label Honor's brand board and collaterals.
Another gold label over black. A hint of gold coating works on global brands, just like with this British Council exhibition catalogue.
Cool, modern, strong. The monochromatic theme of this press kit finished off with spot UV gives off a truly modern feel for a brand like Peugeot.
Nude, gold and gloss. A Watson & Company book design for Luxembourg & Dayan.
Will make you rethink your next catalogue design. A Think Work Observe-directed and designed catalogue for Tacchini Italia Forniture.
A Mona Labno wordmark designed by her husband Cris.
Something as simple as the letterpress design of these letterheads and comp slips can be spruced up with gloss UV coating, like the one for the printed black drips. Part of the visual identity for street artist Ben Eine designed by Root.
Beautiful card from Diptyque, a provider of French fragrance and solid perfumes.
Using nude hues and foil blocked to perfection, these stationeries really suit a luxury brand like Privé
Design Friendship came up with this fancy flyer for The Kitchen.
Classic yet modern for Maison Gerard. This high-end art deco furniture and objets d'arts store celebrated the launch of its new gallery showroom with collaterals designed by Mother New York.
Vibrant colors, flattering texture. Project Mooncircle by Alfonso Cruz.
Dreamy, modern, Ghost Maps' The Ocean From The River designed by Oran Day and David Smith.
Eye candy. The reversible spot-varnished slip cover for the Like Elephants 1 & 2 LP by The Movements is a sight to behold, and there are only 300 copies of this that were issued.
There are a lot of designs and variations that you can do when it comes to applying spot UV, and the good news is it's also relatively cheap.
Better news: Through our Coupons page, you can save almost half the price on spot gloss business cards. Overnight Prints currently offers a 48% OFF coupon when you buy any type of business cards, and you will get spot UV finish for free.
For a limited time, you get 500 business cards with spot gloss finish for only $29.05 - this really is a GREAT offer from Overnight Prints!
Inkgarden offers the most flexibility with their design tools. You can actually save your design to complete it later, and their tools allow you to exactly position where the design is located on the product that you create. Adding text is easy, you can use multiple designs, choose if you want to use single or double sided, etc, etc.
Product quality was satisfying, and customer service was helpful. I will definately use them again.
Im quite happy with my photo book from Snapfish. It was delivered in good time (took 6 days) and the quality is excellent.
All images look bright and clear, there is no un-sharpness anywhere. The cover photo worried me as it looked out of focus on the computer screen, but turned out sharp and vibrant on the book itself.
Unfortunately there were a few restrictions when i placed the order. It is impossible to add frames or borders to the images and there is only a small selection of clip art. The selection of backgrounds however is very extensive.
If you are a simple computer user like me i recommend the Snapfish photo book service.
Using the holiday sale offer saved a nice amount on my holiday cards offer. Their quality was good, colours were vibrant and the stock was of good quality. Most importantly: delivery wa on time (2 days later) Like every year I was late with my order, so there wern't a lot of options to get my cards done in time. When i saw the offer from Overnight prints i took it, and looking back im glad i did.
Inkgarden rules! I'm a sucker for personalized plates and I will use any excuse to order some; my mother's wedding, Christmas season or a new neighbor. They're not super sturdy but they hold on pretty well. I started by ordering some of the designs they feature but soon started making my own. This spring I had to order some personalized hoodies for a marathon so it was obvious I would use InkGarden. The print was flawless and everyone loved them! Have to agree with Aurora Martin, if you don’t use a modern camera the photo won’t print out very good.
Tiny Prints did not deliver my order by the delivery date, even though I paid for super rush delivery. The did not contact me to say anything was holding up my order. The auto message when you call even said they weren't experiencing delays and all orders were being sent on time. Two different Tiny Print reps aid I would get the order the following day. When I called again to question that, because it was the night before the new delivery date and they still hasn't printed yet, they admitted after some questioning that I would not receive the order the next day. I wasted hours creating the invitation on Tiny Prints and now need to start over with someone else because Tiny Prints has false advertising, poor customer service, and claim copyright issues for not sending me the file to go elsewhere.