Strike-Thru Dull UV Varnish

This is a method of simulating a perfect-image trap by taking advantage of the chemical reaction between varnish and coatings. A dull varnish is laid down in the area intended to stay matte, then an overall flood gloss coating is applied. The gloss coating is neutralized in the varnished areas which remain dull while the rest of the image goes glossy. This technique is often used because it can give the effect of a spot gloss UV varnish for a fraction of the cost. When designing for this, remember that because it’s a water-based setup, the contrast is not as dramatic as spot gloss UV; however, keeping the varnish design on a darker, solid-color background will ensure you get the maximum amount of visual appeal out of this process.