What is Spot UV?

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.

When used properly Spot UV can help elements of your design pop off the background. Check out our photo gallery for some examples of spot UV on mylar bags and boxes.