- Things You Should Know
- File Prep
- Print Specs
Spot gloss printing large-size cards on 16pt coated cardstock add shimmering high gloss elements to your full colour artwork. Spot gloss printing is also referred to as spot UV or spot varnish and is a clear shiny layer that is only printed where you need it.
Many clients use spot gloss to highlight logos and specific areas on their cards or to create a unique pattern on top of their full colour art.
We offer standard sizes from 6" x 9" to 6" x 11" and custom sizes too; just click on the custom project tab above if you don't see the size you need. We'll send you a custom estimate within one business day.
How We Print Large Spot Gloss Cards These large cards are printed on a "club-run" where several clients' jobs are combined on a shared press sheet. This process requires a 9-day production process and cannot be rushed.
Can Heavy Ink Coverage Cause Chipping On Spot Gloss Cards?
Coated cards have a thin clay coating that can chip when trimmed. Cards with heavy ink coverage, especially dark colours that goes all the way to the edge tend to really to show this chipping. We recommend silk laminated cards on cards with heavy coverage at the trim line.
Can Colour Vary On Spot Gloss Cards?
The upside of club-run printing is the shared savings, the downside is that we adjust colour globally to get the best overall colour for shared jobs. This means the colour of club-run printed items will vary through the run and will not match exactly on re-prints. Our Indigo printing service is better suited to colour critical work.
Can I Write On Coated Cards?
Coated cards aren't ideal for writing on. If finished with a matte aqueous coating, sharpies may work if left to dry but ballpoint pens will smudge. If finished with a UV gloss coating, don't even think about it. If this is a big deal, check out our uncoated card stock options.
Is There Colour Variation On Solid Blue?
Due to the nature of club-run printing, you may experience colour variation in solid fills of blue. For great blue results, we recommend a 30% difference between your Cyan and Magenta levels to ensure a nice rich dark blue, rather than purple.
Can Grey Colours Shift?
CMYK Process colours in the grey range and de-saturated images can shift in colour throughout the print run and may cause the greys to appear either cooler or warmer. For a neutral grey, we recommend converting all grey values and de-saturated images to true greyscale consisting of K (black) only values.
Should I Use Rich Black?
For the richest of deep dark blacks in print use 50/40/40/100 as the CMYK value. If printing small black text (or knocked out text), we recommend a k only black (0/0/0/100) to avoid misregistration issues.
Does Spot UV Change Colours?
Colours under the spot UV areas will appear slightly darker and richer than areas of the card that is not.
Can I Use Small Text On Spot Gloss Cards?
Because there may be some slight shifting of the spot UV (spot gloss), we do not advise putting the spot UV over the text. You can expect up to 1/16" variance between the gloss and the CMYK layers, so trying to line up the thin gloss with small or thin text underneath may not turnout as expected.
Can Spot UV Layer Shift On Spot Gloss Cards?
Spot gloss doesn't always line up 100% perfect. Usually "blind" spot gloss applications turn out the best. Aligning the spot gloss with CMYK elements often reduces the contrast of the spot gloss and any shift in alignment is noticeable. Spot gloss alone provides great contrast when applied over a solid fill or even just on the white matte stock. Another great effect is to have a pattern in just spot gloss in the background.
Technical Specifications + Templates
Bleeds: all files must have a 1/8" bleed on each side
Live Area: keep all critical text and artwork 1/8" inside the trim
Colours: supply your files in CMYK colour (Pantone/RGB colours will be converted or rejected)
Resolution: 300 dpi minimum (400 dpi preferred)
Fonts: fonts must converted to curves/outlines (we do not accept fonts).
Transparencies: flatten all transparencies
Types Of Files We Accept: MAC & PC files from Photoshop (PSD), Illustrator (EPS or AI), CorelDraw (CDR or EPS), Adobe Acrobat PDF, TIFF or JPEG.
|Trim Size||File Size||Template|
|Large Card||6" x 8"||6.25" x 8.25"||DOWNLOAD|
|Large Card||6" x 8.5"||6.25" x 8.75"||DOWNLOAD|
|Large Card||6" x 9"||6.25" x 9.25"||DOWNLOAD|
|Large Card||6.25" x 9"||6.5" x 9.25"||UNAVAILABLE|
|Large Card||4.5" x 12.5"||4.75" x 12.75"||UNAVAILABLE|
|X-Large Card||6" x 11"||6.25" x 11.25"||DOWNLOAD|
|X-Large Card||7" x 10"||7.25" x 10.25"||DOWNLOAD|
|X-Large Card||5" x 14"||5.25" x 14.25"||UNAVAILABLE|
|Letter-Size Card||8.5" x 11"||8.75" x 11.25"||DOWNLOAD|
Offset Printed using Stochastic Screens
16pt coated card stock, 30% post-consumer waste (130lb)
Full Colour Both Sides (4/4) or Full Colour One Side (4/0), using soy-based inks
Matte Aqueous Coated with Spot UV (one or two sides)