UV Soft Touch Coating – Alternative to Touché Paper

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There’s no question soft touch ‘fiber’ paper stocks are very unique and create the sensation of feel to your design. However, they have production drawbacks with buying even cartons from paper mill and the effect of paper color when printing CMYK inks.

A less expensive alternative is coating your next print project with UV Soft Touch coating. UV Soft Touch coating is applied inline in the coating unit and is not a varnish. Varnish is a form of coating but it is applied in a printing unit, not a coating unit. Varnish will use a valuable printing unit on press and be more expensive. UV Soft Touch coating is also ‘cured’ inline on press by ultraviolet (UV) energy. The difference between aqueous Soft Touch coating and UV Soft Touch coating is UV Soft Touch has higher rub resistance, no streaking in coating and softer feel due to thicker coating layer.

Applications for using UV Soft Touch coating include: unique business cards, postcards, rack cards, flyers, greeting cards and presentation folders.

When using UV Soft Touch coating there are a few design thoughts to keep in mind. Number 1, Soft Touch coating has a matte finish and will flatten out color and contrast. Use a larger shadow dot when possible to help compensate. Number 2, if you have a particular Touché color stock in mind, you can create that unique background color in CMYK and use Soft Touch coating to re-create the look of the original Touché paper stock. Most importantly, number 3, there is no need to cross your fingers that the printing process is going to work. No special meetings required to read over the ‘printing tips’ with your printer that the ink will adhere to the stock surface on ‘fiber’ paper stocks. We run Soft Touch coating all day long on 20 point business cards with no issues.

Even better, combine soft touch with spot UV coating for a special effects. Here is an example of combining soft touch and UV and how the files were made:

CMYK plate for soft touch UV coated business cards
Original InDesign document saved as CMYK PDF
Spot UV plate for soft touch UV business cards
Spot UV coating plate made as 100% black. Saved as CMYK PDF









Have you used Soft Touch coating? What was your experience with Soft Touch coating?

Please leave your comments below…


  1. I am currently dealing in paper and this is a field I have a particular interest in.
    Could you kindly contact me so that I can have your expert opinion on some things.

  2. Rick,

    I’m having a huge issue running the soft touch aqueous coating with Spot Gloss UV. Any tips on how I can have this resolved?

    Thank you,

  3. I have a printer who is concerned about using soft touch laminate on a folder project – that the adhesive for the folder pockets may not function properly when applied to a soft touch laminate coated surface. Is this true?

    1. “I have a printer who is concerned about using soft touch laminate on a folder project – that the adhesive for the folder pockets may not function properly when applied to a soft touch laminate coated surface. Is this true?”

      Soft touch laminate can be used with glue, albeit the proper glue. My recommendation is to test the glue first with the coating/laminate to avoid any surprises.

      Let me know how this works out for you…


      1. Apparently the printer’s finishing house will be applying D-Tape to the flaps, and they they this should work well.

  4. Rick, how’s it going… down here in New Zealand, we would like to print using the soft touch coating. Can you help? ta,Trevor

  5. Dear Rick RYS.

    I would like to test your UV soft touch paint.
    Can I discuss with you in detail?

    Hope to get your reply.

    Best regards.

    1. You can use soft touch coating with digital printing, however it would have to be applied offline as there are no digital presses capable of applying this coating inline.

  6. Are there any soft touch coatings that dont scuff? We have a project with a large solid black area and it always scuffs in shipping. We are forced to package individually which gets very expensive.

      1. Rick,

        We are going to run UV Soft touch on a top sheet project. 10pt sbs laminated to corrugated. Should we be concerned about scuffing or rub. If so what kind of rub test #’s could we expect when testing?

  7. Hello, my company is interested in your uv soft touch coating. I am interested in matte coating and very hgh scratch resistant and foil stampable . Please send me tech data sheet and some sample. Thank you

  8. Hello
    I have an intersting about soft touch coating.
    Could you send me some sample sheets?

    Best regards
    Peter Shin

    1. We use a combination of two different coatings and agitate continuously for enhanced effect. We do not provide information of which vendors we use as our formula is a hybrid.

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