Spot UV is a printing technique that involves the application of a clear, glossy varnish to specific areas of a printed piece, creating a raised and visually striking effect. Spot UV is typically used in printing to add a glossy, raised or textured effect to specific areas of a printed piece, such as a logo, image, or text. This technique can be used to enhance the visual appeal and texture of the printed piece, making it more eye-catching and engaging. Spot UV can be used on a variety of materials, including business cards, brochures, postcards, packaging, and more. It’s often used in conjunction with other printing techniques, such as foil stamping or embossing, to create a more sophisticated and high-end look.
The process of creating spot UV printing involves first printing the base layer of ink, which typically includes text, images, and other design elements. Next, a clear varnish is applied using a separate printing plate, which is specifically designed to only cover the areas that are designated for the spot UV effect. The varnish is then cured, or dried, using UV lights.