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While most printing today is accomplished via a four-color process, there is a wide range of practical and creative options available when you add an additional color or varnish. This course teaches how these additional colors are made and shows some examples of finished projects that use these colors. Author Claudia McCue also dives directly into Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and other creative apps and shows how to build documents correctly for printing.
On this piece, they used spot varnish, not just to add to the visual interest of the piece, but also to echo the underlying message of the product that they're advertising. This beautifully detailed illustration on the cover of the book is interesting in itself. But when you pick up the book and you start to read it, the instant you move it the light catches that spot varnish in the lower right hand corner. And that varnish actually becomes part of the artwork, it adds depth to it. This is a beautiful piece and they've accentuated the shapes of the musical instruments by adding a very high gloss spot varnish.
And it almost makes it seem like it's three dimensional. The instruments seem to almost float off of the page. On this piece, they took advantage of a chemical interaction between two different coatings. One coating goes down first, and then the second coating is an overall gloss coating. And where those coatings overlap a chemical reaction takes place and that results in this sort of pebbly textured finish that you see. And it's something that you really couldn't accomplish with just a single coating. It's something that happens only when you use both of those coatings at once.
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