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Spot UV Process

Spot UV is a liquid varnish applied on top of the printed surface that creates a high-gloss shine. Sometimes called a spot gloss, spot UV can be placed on top of an image such as a logo or title to make it pop out against a matte or uncoated background.

The varnish is applied using the same offset printing method as your printed pieces. A clean ink fountain in the printing press is filled with the Spot UV varnish and a new plate with the Spot UV image is inserted. The printed parent sheets are run through the press and then exposed to ultraviolet light hardening the varnish.

Example of Blind Spot UV Spot Gloss
Blind spot UV

When a Spot UV is applied to a spot without any printing underneath, it is known as a ‘blind’ Spot UV.