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What Is Spot UV Printing?

Posted on: December 29th, 2019 by 4 Comments

There are a wide variety of specialty printing techniques available for consumers who are interested in setting their printed products apart from the ordinary masses. One of the most popular based on its high impact, affordability, and versatility is spot UV printing. Although, technically, it’s not a “printing” technique but a coating technique for printed materials.

Spot UV printing sounds pretty space age, but the technique itself is not so very complex. Probably the most high-tech aspect of the process is the fact that it utilizes UV light to “cure” a varnish that is applied to paper or card stock. This varnish can be applied to plain white card stock, but is often applied to coat color-printed paper products, sealing in their color, adding shine, and protecting the printed surface underneath from moisture and other types of damage.

The UV coating process is minimally volatile, meaning little to none of the varnish escapes as a gas into the atmosphere. Basically, this just means the process does not contribute to environmental pollution. UV coating can be applied to achieve either a lightly glossy appearance, or a high-gloss shine, depending on the application technique. Business cards, flyers, and other heavier weight papers or card stocks are best combined with UV coating (as opposed to thin paper).

UV coating can be applied to the whole page, or just to certain areas – a process commonly referred to as “spot” UV coating. In either process, the UV coating has the potential to deepen the color of the print, so when you use it in print projects, it’s a good idea to take this into consideration.

Business Cards with Spot UVDrying happens instantly when the varnished areas are exposed to UV light, which is why the spot UV application can achieve such a high level of precision. If you’re really, really interested in seeing how this process works, check out this video featuring a spot UV coating machine (set to a really catchy tune). If you’re already sold and ready to start using spot UV in your printing designs, check out this example of a past spot uv project that incorporate spot UV elements within their artwork here: Example 

This coating technique is available to enhance the looks of a wide variety of our printing products. Here are a few items you might consider to add oomph to your marketing initiatives:

16 pt Matte Card stock Flyers with Spot UV

Printed on thick, durable 16 pt card stock and available in sizes from 4”x6” (standard photo size) to 8.5”x3.5” (elongated like a big bookmark) and quantities from 1,000 to 5,000, 16 pt matte card stock flyers with spot UV are an excellent way to add pizzazz to your marketing initiatives.

14 pt Card stock Brochures with Spot UV Accents

Not enough businesses get creative with their brochure designs, but you can stand out from the crowd when you add strategically placed shiny UV accents to targeted areas of your brochure. These brochures are available in a wide variety of sizes and two different fold styles: tri-fold and bi-fold. Use spot UV accents to draw attention to your brand’s name, logo, or any other design element you choose.

Spot high gloss UV, UV accents business cards, EliteFlyers.comSilk Business Cards with Spot UV

We think this is one of the “flyest” products we offer, and customers seem to agree. Not only that, but has the most competitive price on the market for these specialty business cards. These silk business cards with spot UV start with a base of silk lamination, which is basically a thin plastic film chemically bonded to your business card, lending it a silky look and feel, and making it waterproof and tear-proof as well. Add to this already good-looking base some added spot UV highlights, and you’ve got a business card that puts other business cards to serious shame. Add foil stamping for yet another level of cool. offers these and other products that incorporate this eye-catching coating. Don’t be afraid to try something new; when it comes to your marketing materials, people really do notice, appreciate, and respond to – the little things that show you went the extra mile.

Here are several more examples of spot UV printing by Elite Flyers.

Silk laminated business cards with spot UVSilk Business Cards, Spot UV Lamiantion, Spot Gloss, Business CardsSpot UV business cards

Spot UV business cards
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