Definition of spot high gloss UV varnish

For a better understanding of what printers mean when they talk about spot high gloss UV varnish, this term is probably worth breaking down into its component parts:


This means that the finish can be applied to just part of a page (unlike a technique such as gloss lamination which must be applied to the whole page).

High Gloss

Glossiness is a description of how reflective something is. High gloss means that the area treated will be highly reflective.

UV Varnish

The UV stands for ultraviolet. When dry, a thin coating of varnish cured by UV light creates the shiny finish we’re looking for.

Uses for spot UV varnish

Uses for spot UV varnish

This deluxe technique adds glamour to your printed materials. We most frequently apply spot UV varnish to the covers of brochures and leaflets advertising high-end products and bespoke services. However, we have also used the technique on business cards, book covers and flyers. Highlighting lettering or a company logo is a popular and effective use of Spot UV varnish.

For maximum contrast, you can combine a Spot High Gloss UV Varnish with a Matte finish laminate.

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