Printing Visualization - Spot UV


I recently got a lot of offset printing jobs and with them the ability to choose options that were not available to me before.

So the Problem is that I generally have to make a presentation of the design to the client. Normally I would make a render in 3d or present the design as a flat image and that's it.

Since the last two jobs included silver pantone 877C and sectorized varnish coat (5th and 6th plates) I was at a loss when preparing the presentation. Ideally it should look like the real thing without the need of printing it out. There are a lot of photos out there where you can clearly see the varnish finish but I'll need to show approximately how it would work out on my designs...

A while ago I stumbled across an tutorial where this was made with fairly good results. But I was unable to find it again. Any help is appreciated! Hopefully I used the right terms... Corrections are also welcome.

here's an example photo with the effect I want to achieve using Photoshop or 3D software artwork with photoshopped metallic effect

3/2/2011 3:51:00 PM

Accepted Answer

This is as close as I have gotten to faking Spot UV for my customers... People usually like the printed version even more but that works for me because it has the element of exceeded expectations and surprise ;) Let me know if you like it and i can send you the .psd enter image description here

Here is the final product printed: enter image description here

2/20/2011 9:24:00 PM