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Spot UV Business Card Printing

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What is spot UV business card printing?

Spot UV printing is a special printing technique where a UV-cured coating is applied to part of a print material making it shine. We can apply spot a UV coating to business cards to emphasize logos, calls to action, or any other detail you need to “pop.” UV business card printing makes it easy to create your most memorable business card yet.

Print with spot UV to highlight anything you want. Use it on company names, contact numbers, artwork and other special features on your card. It is a popular option for branding premium services. A spot UV business card is a good fit for anyone who wants to be noticed and improve their connections.

Spot UV business cards are printed on sturdy 16 pt. cardstock that elevates your design with the following features:

16 pt. cardstock

16 pt. Cardstock

  • Applies a little more heft that increases the weight and feel of your standout design.
  • Comes in shiny gloss that protects the cardstock from folds and creases; colors also pop out from afar.
  • Also available in a smooth matte that suits soft, muted colors and provides greater contrast to the shiny spot UV.

You may order gloss or matte spot UV business cards in a range of sizes, including 2" x 3.5" (the most popular U.S. business card size). Rounded corners are available as well. You can also make your own business cards with our free design tool and downloadable business card design templates.

Try UV coated business card printing today.


Spot UV File Preparation Guidelines

What are the best design practices for spot UV printing?

  • Limit the text’s font size to a minimum of 7 or 8 points.
  • Border and stroke should be above 1.5 points.
  • Place a 1/16” gap between spot UV and metallic or foil printing areas. The spot UV areas cannot overlap with the metallic or foil printing sections.

How should I prepare my file for spot UV printing?

Your regular color file should come with a spot UV template layer that shows where to apply the spot UV printing.

Apply 100% K to the section that will have spot UV.

Color all other areas without spot UV as white.

YOUR ARTWORK
A normal CMYK layer

 

YOUR SPOT UV LAYER
A layer for spot UV

 

YOUR PRINT PRODUCT
The final printed product


Business Card Marketing Tips

  1. Ask or pay local restaurants to let you place business cards near the checkout counter.
  2. Find local businesses related to your product or service and leave cards at the counter.
  3. Stick some of your business cards on college campus bulletin boards.
  4. Create a viral video or photo that includes your business card or create a viral business card design.
  5. Pay college students to hand out your cards on different local campuses.
  6. Search for other public bulletin boards to leave your business cards on.
  7. Place your cards in doors of local homes.
  8. Partner with hotels to leave your cards in the hotel rooms of guests.
  9. Mail your business cards along with other direct mail pieces to a targeted mailing list.
  10. Hire people to hand out your cards in high traffic areas such as in a city.
  11. Give your cards out to family and friends so they can give them away when needed.
  12. Network with other local business owners and exchange business cards.
  13. Offer people a finders fee and give them business cards to pass out.
  14. Give more than one business card, so your recipients can give copies as they see fit.
  15. Print business cards as mini holiday greeting cards.
  16. Mail business cards with promo codes that customers need to bring in to get a discount.
  17. Create a street team and give members business cards and other promotional items to hand out.
  18. If you have an area where people fall in line, such as checkout counters, leave a stack of your cards where they can reach it. Current customers are one of the most likely audience to check for your other services and they will be tempted to check your card.
  19. If you need to jot down a note to give to someone, use your business card.
  20. Get taxi drivers and companies to place a small holder with your business cards on the divider window of their cabs or on the seats.
  21. Staple a business card to any invoice or estimates you send out.
  22. Many neighborhoods have welcome wagons to greet new residents. See if you can include business cards for your service.
  23. Apartment buildings often give new renters welcome sheets with a list of recommended services. Get on that list and print out cards for them to give away.
  24. Upload your business card design to online design galleries such as CardObserver.
  25. Post your business card design on classifieds such as craigslist.org.
  26. Make sure everyone who works for you has standard or personalized business cards. Personal cards can boost employee morale.
  27. Give away a business card with every product you ship.
  28. Attend community events, network there and hand out your cards.
  29. Contact shopping centers and work out a deal so you can leave business cards on car windshields. Check out city and state laws however, in case it’s illegal in your area.
  30. Partner with real estate agents and agencies to get your business cards to new home buyers.

Questions

What are the file specifications for the spot UV? I have an older version of Photoshop, and my CMYK mode never gives me the correct hues when previewed after upload. I usually upload a .jpg or .pdf to ensure the correct color when printing.

Asked by: Anonymous
We normally would require you to include a separate vector layer in your file to indicate where the spot UV will be. If you’re submitting a Photoshop file for your artwork, convert a text layer to a shape by right-clicking the text layer then clicking “Convert to Shape” from the list of actions that pop up. We do not encourage exporting this as a JPG as this format does not support vector files. Other guidelines include making your font size bigger to maximize the effect of the coating used. To help you set up your file for Spot UV coating, you can learn more through this link: https://www.nextdayflyers.com/helpcenter/spot-uv-guidelines/ For the color, we would require files to be submitted in CMYK. Anything that is not in CMYK will still be converted to CMYK once processed. Note that the online preview on the upload page will not always be accurate as this is only a thumbnail. We recommend requesting a PDF proof to get a better idea of any color adjustments. If you're not able to create a vector layer to indicate where you want the spot UV to be, you can contact our customer service team at 855-898-9870 to provide instructions for processing.
Answered by: Vanne
Date published: 2020-07-08
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