Spot Gloss and Gold Foil Design Requirements

You will need to create and upload two files - one for your artwork (preferably a PDF in CMYK) and one for your Element layer (PDF only and in black and white). The black parts of your Element layer will denote which parts of your design we apply the Spot Gloss or Gold Foil to. Anything white won’t be printed with any Gold or Spot Gloss.

We recommend the following settings to yield the best possible output:

  • Design Layer - vector based PDF, saved in CMYK - this will be printed the same way as all standard MOO products.
  • Element/Mask Layer - CMYK, vector based PDF only, in black and white - the black parts of the design will be printed as your foil or UV/gloss element.

Please use your Elements wisely and for best results, follow these handy tips:

  • Gold Foil: Treat the foil as its own color that will print on top of the rest of your design, obscuring what’s underneath. Foil should take a different shape than any of the artwork below to prevent a messy halo effect.
  • Spot and Raised Gloss: Think of Gloss as an enhancement to the existing colors of your CMYK design file. The exception to this rule would be if you’re adding a gloss design over a dark, solid color.

You can use our standard Design Templates to create the perfect fit using Adobe Illustrator, InDesign or Photoshop.


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