Preparing file for Spot UV finishing

To avoid error, extra cost and delays, we have prepared a comprehensive checklist to assist you in preparing your Spot UV artwork successfully.

Spot UV Guide Spot UV File Preparation


  • The image to be Spot UV varnished can be a vector graphic, text, shape, solid colour or picture (need to trace out the Spot UV part for picture).
  • Vital elements (text, images, logo, etc) must be kept within the Safe Zone.
  • Fill the area/image to be Spot UV varnished with PROCESS BLACK (K=100).
  • No tint or gradient effect allowed.
  • Registration of image to be Spot UV varnished must be accurately aligned with CMYK print artwork.
  • Spot UV NOT applied to outlines or outlines of a table (Outlines may cause unattractive mis-registration more noticeable).
  • Spot UV NOT applied at gluing area.


  • Font size is not less than 4pts (Based on Arial font type size)
  • Small logos which contain wording, the fonts is not less than 4pts.
  • Not using a font type with a sharp end edge (e.g.: Serif font).


  • Line thickness is not less than 0.5pts.

Artwork File

  • Spot UV can only be applied to Front or Both Sides.
  • Artwork is prepared in the correct PRODUCT SIZE TEMPLATES
  • All guidelines and text descriptions is PRODUCT SIZE TEMPLATES are REMOVED.
  • Artwork is saved in required file format: Adobe Acrobat Document 4 – version 1.3 (*.pdf) (jpeg file not accepted).
  • Resolution: 300dpi
  • Colour mode: CMYK colour mode ONLY
  • 2 files are prepared:
    • File 1 – Artwork without image to be Spot UV varnished
    • File 2 – Artwork of image to be Spot UV varnished (Save your file with transparent background).