Follow these five easy steps to set yourself and your artwork up for Varnish.
Step One: Create a dedicated Varnish swatch in Illustrator
Open your artwork file in Abobe Illustrator
Click on the colours panel in the top toolbar
Click on the Options icon > New Swatch
Create a new swatch to match the below specifications:
- Name: Varnish
- Color Type: Spot Color
- Color Mode: CMYK
- C: 0
- M: 0
- Y: 100
- K: 0
- *Optional: Tick the “Add to my Library” checkbox to save this swatch. This means you won’t have to repeat this step every time.
That’s Step 1 finished!
Step Two: Create a dedicated Layer for Varnish objects
Open the Layers panel
Click the “Create New Layer” icon
Name the new layer “Varnish”
That’s Step 2 finished!
Step Three: Add all of your Varnish objects to the new ‘Varnish’ layer
Select the components of your artwork that you would like printed in Varnish
Move these objects to the ‘Varnish’ layer by dragging and dropping in the Layers panel.
That’s Step 3 Finished!
Step Four: Apply the ‘Varnish’ colour swatch to the objects
Select the objects within the Varnish layer
Click on the Libraries panel
Apply the Varnish/Foil colour swatch to the objects
That’s Step 4 done!
Step Five: Apply ‘Overprint Fill’ to the Varnish Layer
Open the Layers panel and select the Varnish Layer
In the top menu, go to Window > Attributes
Check the ‘Overprint Preview’ in the attributes window
That’s Step 5 finished!
You’re now ready to save your artwork as a PDF and upload it to the Print Portal
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