Spot Gloss File Tutorial – Photoshop CS3

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This is a quick tutorial on how to create a spot gloss file for spot gloss printed materials. Spot gloss is usually printed with a large silkscreen printing press with a paper feeder. The paper is moved into position and the screen comes down and applies the gloss uv coating to the specified locations on the screen. This technique is not precise and is not recommended for tight registration like small type or fine images.

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James Cruz My name is James Cruz and I am from Los Angeles, CA. I currently work at as the Production Manager. We specialize in the creation of the worlds finest business cards. We are proud to be the first full color production house to utilize the edge painting technique.

4 thoughts on “Spot Gloss File Tutorial – Photoshop CS3

  1. Can this process also be used in Adobe Illustrator. Or do you recommend setting up the print file in Illustrator first, and then transferring the AI. file over to Photoshop?

  2. Wow, who never answered this? Stephen, yes the same applies in Illustrator. As a matter of fact, Illustrator is the best application for sharp output of vector files. All photo files can be placed into and embedded into an Illustrator file and then you could add crisp clean type/copy on top of that in Illustrator. Convert all fonts to outlines and save as a .eps file. Thanks again Stephen and always great talking to you.

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