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Unique Business Cards: Soft Touch UV Coating

Looking for unique business cards?

You have to FEEL the soft touch UV coating that we are applying to our new business cards. People can’t keep their hands off these cards!

Let’s talk about how these are produced and how to prepare files for soft touch UV coating.

You will need to prepare two files for each side of the business card: one for the CMYK image and another file for the spot UV coating. The CMYK file will be the content of the image, while the spot UV coating file will be made with 100% black in CMYK file. There cannot be any other colors inside the spot UV coating file. Also, make sure there is no other data in the K (Black) channel, such as highlights or soft edges.

Here is an example of how this card was made with CMYK file and spot UV coating file:

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









As you can see, the spot UV file is made with selections filled with 100% black. Be creative with these selections. The more clever use of spot UV makes the cards really dramatic. Be careful not to overuse the spot UV because that will take away the feel of the soft touch coating on the balance of the card. The best results occur when using spot UV coating sparingly for impact.

Note: Be careful to line-up files exactly. Drop me a note if you have a question on how to line-up these two files.

As far as how the soft touch UV cards are printed, they are printed on 20 point stock using high-pigmented CMYK inks. The images are screened with 20 micron stochastic imagery, resulting in continuous tone images. Just like a photographic print!

Here is the final printed business card:

Gucci/Audi image printed with soft touch UV coating
“Everybody loves them” – Lians Jadan


Want to print soft touch UV? Drop me a line HERE and I will take care of your printing.

How would you like to use this coating style? Please leave a comment below…

Fashion Photography by Lians


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VIDEO: Digital Dimensional Printing-Coating Files – CMYK workflow

Digital Dimensional Printing is a raised, high gloss, spot coating that is applied inline on our digital printing presses.

 Digital Dimensional Printing creates textures to your printed designs. Digital Dimensional Printing provides a very unique marketing advantage to your printed collateral.

These settings will ensure print-ready PDFs for faster turnaround times and no output errors in prepress.

Have you ever felt printing like this before? Please leave a comment below…

[learn_more caption=”Transcript of Video” state=”open”] Hi. This is Rick Rys from

In today’s tutorial we are going to talk about preparing files for the new spot dimensional printing that is now available at

00:17 Spot dimensional printing is a raised high gloss spot coating/printing that’ll create a textured field to your printed projects. The spot dimensional coating/printing is available on our digital presses at

00:35 We are creating this image entirely within Photoshop CS. You can see we have our CMYK image of the football our logo and are type. We’ve also included all of our bleed in the actually image itself.

00:52 There is no reason to actually create extra work for yourself and create this image out of Indesign. We’re going to do the complete design and production out of Photoshop.

01:04 You can see right now we have our direct mail piece and the way the spot dimensional printing works, it works by creating a selection and the selection that you create is going to be textured or the raised high gloss coating.

01:23 Over here in our channels, you will notice that we have our cyan, magenta, yellow and black channels and I’ve already created a a selection called DIMENSIONAL and I’m going to isolate this DIMENSIONAL selection and show you the actual coating that’s going to be applied to the product.

01:45 So the areas that are in black are the areas that will have the spot dimensional coating. These will be the areas that will be raised and be in high gloss, so you can see we selected the actual dimples of the football.

01:57 This will give us the feel of the actual ball itself. It’s important to note that this DIMENSIONAL channel, the channel itself, has to be named as DIMENSIONAL and that this done through the channel options after selecting DIMENSIONAL.

02:15 Important to note that the word DIMENSIONAL needs to be typed in all caps. That is important when that file goes through the RIP in prepress, the DIMENSIONAL file will be extracted so that the actual DIMENSIONAL color plate can be created and printed on the fifth unit.

02:36 So once we create our dimensional file, name our file, we’re simply going to close this and go back to our image. For the sake of cosmetics, we’re going to turn our dimensional file off. It doesn’t matter if it’s selected or not. It’ll still be picked up So at this point, we’re ready to go to press.

02:58 The key ingredient here is how we save this file. When we go to file, under save as, and we are going to the part of naming our file, which i’ve already done, so name it, add our location, and this is the important part, the five channel/five plate file needs to be saved as a Photoshop DCS 2.0

03:25 This is still an EPS file but is built or configured as a DCS file. And DCS stands for desktop color separation. This will allow for the file to have more than four colors. So for instance, our fifth color dimensional file, will still be embedded into the one file, EPS-DCS file.

03:49 It’s important to note that our Spot Colors needs to be selected. This will ensure that our DIMENSIONAL file will be embedded within our EPS-DCS 2.0 file.

04:01 The other key thing is that we embed our CMYK profile, which this happens to be thcoated GRACoL 2006 profile. The GRACoL profile is the CMYK color space that our presses print to at So at this point we’re going to save our image and we’re going to have another submenu pop up there are three simple selections here that we need to configure.

04:28 The first is the preview which is simply going to be an 8 bit pixel preview of the image. Second, and most key important part of this, is the setting of the DCS – the desktop color separation file-format.

04:42 We make sure this is set to a single file with color composite. This is important. You can see we have many options here. We do not want to use the multiple file. If we use a multiple file, that will make five different files for the five different channels.

04:58 We do not want that. We want to have a single file with a color composite because we are running a color composite workflow through prepress. This will embed all five color plates in the same file. Now, secondly our encoding is going to be the ASCII eighty-five setting. So from here, click ok.

05:16 And at that point, our image has been saved. Now at this point we simply select our image and we upload it to the FTP server at and our job will be in production.

05:33 That is it. Spot dimensional printing is a really exciting new technology here at Keep in mind this is only available with digital printed products.

05:47 I appreciate your time and hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Come back and see us for the next one.

Have a great day! [/learn_more]


Four Color Digital Printing with Dimensional Coating is Online

The new Kodak NexPress SE is online and open for business.

This press will be color calibrated to the GRACoL color profile that’s offset Komori presses are running. Press runs can be ordered as low as 25 finished pieces. A great way to create samples or print on demand applications.

The best way to utilize this press is to take advantage of the new Dimensional Clear Coating. Dimensional Clear Coating is a thick raised UV-like coating that is raised approximately 28 microns in height and creates a 3-D effect with texture.

This coating works the best when created as a Spot Coating.

How do I create a spot Dimensional Clear layer?

  1. Build or import your file into a industry-standard raster or vector program, such as Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator, or InDesign.
  2. Create a new layer (in Photoshop create a new spot-color channel)
  3. Select image, text or pattern that you wish to have the Dimensional Clear coating, and make a copy of these items into the new layer or channel you created. Be sure to build in bleed .125 as needed
  4. Fill the selected area with a spot color named DIMENSIONAL; specify this to overprint.
  5. Make sure all other spot colors besides the DIMENSIONAL are converted to process (CMYK)
  6. Export final file for submission:
    Photoshop save files as Photoshop DCS2 – Single File with Color Composite
    Illustrator save files as .eps or .pdf
    InDesign save files as .pdf
  7. Open and check your exported file; then submit to be printed.

Watch video tutorial on preparing files for Dimensional Printing