• Black Business Card with Foils + Spot Gloss Printing

  • Black Paper + Spot Gloss Print + Raised Embossing

  • Double Thick Business Cards | Color + Spot Color + Edge Paint

  • Thick Black Business Cards with Letterpress + Black Gloss Foil Print

  • Book | Spot Gloss Foil + Matte Cover Stock

  • Envelope | Custom Hi Gloss UV Print

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  • Business Card | Black Paper + White Text + Spot UV Gloss


Spot UV Coating is frequently requested for many types of print jobs. When customers ask for Spot UV coating, or simply “UV,” what they’re typically asking for is the shiny, glossy look rather than ultraviolet processing. In general, the Spot UV coating is meant to highlight a logo or graphic, setting certain elements apart with a lustrous, high-gloss shine on an otherwise matte surround. Gloss Printing & Finishing can be applied to a portion or even the entire surface of a printed object.

For most people, “Spot UV coating” is a reference term for a certain effect — however, it’s usually only applicable to a very specific kind of mass-scale, industrial printing. At Publicide, many of the print jobs we produce are scaled to a personal level rather than massive productions (although we do those too). The request for Spot UV coating typically pertains to a desire for something special to be added to a print job: a touch of gloss, a hard-enamel lacquer look applied over a color. The effect of Spot Gloss printing is strong enough to make an impression on itself alone. Consider having UV Spot Gloss treatments applied onto the bare paper itself for a tone-on-tone, gloss-over-matte look.

The look of Spot UV Coating can still be achieved through other methods. For instance, clear gloss foil stamps yield a similar (even superior) shiny surface. The luster is deeper, the shine reachers a higher level of high-gloss. Gloss, semi-gloss, velvet varnish, or satin clear lamination also simulates Spot UV coating as a total-coating over a paper surface (again, only better). For high-end printing with the high-gloss high-shine dazzle of spot UV coating in New York City, Publicide has the techniques to make it all happen.


Pricing for spot gloss printing is based on quantity, paper type and the number of processes and machines that will be used to create the project. Spot gloss printing pricing begins around $300 for color printing with 250 quantity, printed on 18pt / 130# Uncoated Cover. More elaborate and custom production specs can run the price up considerably so it’s important to get your quote before proceeding. Production time is usually around 7-10 working days for simple custom projects with more work-intensive projects taking longer. Turnaround time is calculated from the date of PDF proof approval. If your color printing project has a hard due-date please let us know when making your request. Email us with your design file or specs to receive a custom quote for your printing project. All projects must have a custom quote number to proceed.


Some spot gloss printing specs are available for rush service in less than 7 working days. Due to the preparation of the spec, the availability of materials, and the individual setup required for custom printing, it is difficult to produce most custom jobs in less than 5 working days. To inquire about a rush job, please email artwork, specs and desired completion date ASAP to rush@publicide.com. If we’re able to accommodate your schedule we will reply with pricing and additional costs for the rush.