Our custom center and phone calls tend to ask similar questions regarding Spot UV and Raised Ink. Many assume these two different techniques are the same thing, when the truth is, they are not.
What is Spot UV?
Spot UV is a glossy, transparent lamination that lies flat on the designated portions of your text or design.
Spot UV is created by applying a glossy clear coating . We use a UV light to dry the Spot UV instantly.
Can I have a raised Spot UV?
There is no raised Spot UV. Continue reading because you could be looking for Raised Ink.
What is Raised Ink?
Raised Ink is a raised glossy transparent material which is placed over designated portions of text or design. Raised Ink can be clearly seen and felt.
Raised Ink is created by placing powder on designated portions of the design and text. The card with the powder then passes through a heater which causes the Raised Ink to turn into a transparent, glossy, raised gel.
Is your Raised Ink actually raised?
Yes it is.
Can I have colored Raised Ink or Spot UV?
Raised Ink and Spot UV are both transparent material. They do not bring color into your design or text. However, you can print your colorful design/text with ink with Raised Ink or Spot UV placed over the colorful design/text. The transparency of both Spot UV and Raised Ink will allow the printed color to shine through.
Can I have Raised Ink or Spot UV on both sides of my card?
Raised Ink can only be done on a single side of a card.
Spot UV is able to be placed on both sides of the card.
What paper choices do I have for Raised Ink or Spot UV?
Raised Ink is available on many paper choices, with the most commonly choices being Heavy Nouveau, Heavy Linen, Heavy Silky Matte, and Vintage Kraft. All paper business card choices EXCLUDING for the following: All Coated Stocks, Cameleon, Yupo, Sumo Nouveau, Sandwich Cards.
Spot UV only comes on a single paper choice, Standard Coated 14pt Matte.
Will Spot UV or Raised Ink crack or break?
No, our finishing options are durable and can withstand wear and tear.
Can I have both Spot UV and Raised Ink?
No, because they are not possible on the same papers.
How will Raised Ink or Spot UV affect the colors on my card?
Since both Raised Ink and Spot UV are transparent, you will be able to view the printed colors underneath the lamination. But, because both these finishing options are glossy, the colors could appear slightly darker because they will be more saturated compared to the rest of the card.
What is Raised Ink or Spot UV used for?
Most people use them on their texts. But Raised Ink and Spot UV can be used to create designs. They can also be used to draw attention to a design element, let’s say a red circle.
How do I tell you where to put the Raised Ink or Spot UV?
The short answer is: Through your design files. However, the instructions change slightly depending on which design method you are using on our website.
-If you choose ‘Customize Designs’ (our Self Design tool)
This method is for those who do not have design programs, or only part of their design completed (like just their logo).
Once you choose this method you will be sent to our online template. Simply fill in your text and arrange the layout to look the way you wish. Make sure to upload any picture using the ‘Image’ button right above the template. When you finish, continue following the instructions until you reach the Finishing Options page. Make sure to select specific finishing option you want: Spot UV or Raised Ink. In that same section you will be able to specify what should have Spot UV or Raised Ink.
If you are selecting Spot UV, you can also select Single or Double Sided.
-If you choose ‘Upload a Complete Design’ (for someone who has a completed design file)
You will be submitting two design files. One labelled “Printing file” and another labelled “Raised Ink file” or “Spot UV file”.
On the ‘Printing File’ you will be putting everything that you want to have ink printed (this includes all colors and black/gray). On the ‘Raised Ink file’ or ‘Spot UV file’ you will be showing in an all black design what you would like done in Raised Ink or Spot UV. Make sure that the Raised Ink or Spot UV files align with the Printing file.
*If you are going to do double sided Spot UV, then you will be submitting a total of 4 files.