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Spot UV Coating Effect Now Available!
Try our new cancellation varnish for a cool spot UV effect.
At Holland Litho, we're constantly trying to improve our processes to lower costs and improve turnaround all the while giving our designers more creative options.
We think our new cancellation/strike through varnish feature does just that.
First, a little on the process:
When we apply a gloss UV coating, it's done on the coating unit. In the past, if you wanted a spot UV coating, our only option was to cut a blanket. Even though blankets are cut digitally, it still can be pricey for some budgets.
To achieve the look of a spot UV coating, we can now offer a new process called cancellation or strike through varnish. With it, we print CMYK with the first four units, and create a plate for the fifth unit where we print the cancellation varnish only in the areas where you don't want the gloss to appear. We then apply a flood gloss UV coating to the entire page, but the glossy finish only appears where the cancellation varnish wasn't printed. Because the cancellation varnish is applied via a plate, you can specify the gloss vs. dull areas in your file.
For the non-glossy areas, you can choose between smooth/dull or textured/dull finishes. The textured version is called reticulated, and it's really quite a nice effect!
Below are some examples of actual jobs we've printed using a cancellation varnish to achieve the spot varnish effect. Want to try it out? We'd be happy to quote the effect as part of your next project. (By the way, the first photo below is a preview of the 2018 Holland Litho Calendar, which uses the effect on the cover.)
A preview of our 2018 Calendar cover with a spot varnish achieved using the smooth version of our cancellation varnish.
Another example of a cancellation varnish on a cover for a client with the reticulated effect.