A raised ink and Spot UV business card is the modern-day version of a thermographic business card. As a result, you can apply as many colors as you want without incurring extra costs, and you can mask off the raised ink area.
How to prepare the Raised & Spot UV business card artwork:
You need to create one additional file for the Raised / Spot UV masked area on the card. Here are the steps.
- Duplicate your business card file and name that file as "XYZ-mask.pdf."
- From the XYZ-mask.pdf file, delete or take out the card elements that are not part of the mask area.
- Now, take the remaining masked area on the card and change the color to black color 0/0/0/100, and then save the file.
What not to do when masking the Raised Spot UV business card.
- Don't work with flattened png or jpg files. For the best results use the layers.
- Don't work with the RGB color palette. Must use the CMYK setting.
- Don't mask the small text area. We recommend staying above 8pt letters.
- Don't mask small detailed areas. It may get clogged up in the masked area.
- Don't mask any of the gradient areas on the artwork, a fuzzy area on the card. Mask only the one solid colored area.
- Don't mask the area too close to the edge of the card. It can create problems in production.
- Don't just use any black color to mask the area. Use 0/0/0/100 black color only.
- Don't move around the masked area to avoid registration issues.