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Print Production Essentials: Spot Colors and Varnish
Illustration by John Hersey

How spot varnishes can enhance a project


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Print Production Essentials: Spot Colors and Varnish

with Claudia McCue

Video: How spot varnishes can enhance a project

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.
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  1. 2m 37s
    1. Welcome
      1m 31s
    2. What you should know before watching this course
      33s
    3. Using the exercise files
      33s
  2. 19m 15s
    1. Why spot colors are necessary
      2m 32s
    2. Examples of spot color impact
      1m 45s
    3. Spot or process: Making the decision
      5m 31s
    4. Choosing a spot color
      4m 11s
    5. About the new Pantone Plus color system
      5m 16s
  3. 13m 23s
    1. How spot color inks are created
      6m 8s
    2. Considerations when using certain spot colors
      2m 35s
    3. Effects of stock on color
      2m 6s
    4. Proofing spot and special-mix colors before printing
      1m 0s
    5. Spot colors and digital printing
      1m 34s
  4. 5m 5s
    1. How spot varnishes can enhance a project
      1m 10s
    2. How varnishes, inks, and substrate interact
      2m 30s
    3. Combining different types of varnish to add dimensions
      35s
    4. Aqueous flood coatings
      50s
  5. 28m 26s
    1. Creating a multitone image (duotone and tritone)
      10m 59s
    2. Creating a simple spot color channel
      6m 30s
    3. Creating a touch plate to enhance a color image
      7m 25s
    4. Creating a spot varnish
      3m 32s
  6. 23m 14s
    1. Adding Pantone color swatches
      5m 18s
    2. Using Overprint Preview to proof the display of spot color transparency
      2m 58s
    3. 3D shading: Preview with overprint on
      2m 22s
    4. Converting spot colors to process
      3m 11s
    5. Creating a varnish
      5m 52s
    6. Creating spot gradients
      3m 33s
  7. 17m 44s
    1. Importing art containing spot color content and resolving issues with Ink Manager
      4m 28s
    2. Using Overprint Preview to proof the display of spot color transparency
      2m 30s
    3. Converting spot colors to process
      2m 29s
    4. Creating a spot varnish
      5m 35s
    5. Creating and using mixed inks
      2m 42s
  8. 7m 10s
    1. Examining with Output Preview
      4m 11s
    2. Using preflight profiles
      2m 59s
  9. 1m 9s
    1. What I hope you've learned in this course
      51s
    2. Next steps
      18s

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Print Production Essentials: Spot Colors and Varnish
1h 58m Intermediate May 09, 2013

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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.

Topics include:
  • Why spot colors are necessary
  • Making a decision between spot and process colors
  • Choosing a spot color
  • Understanding the effects of stock on color
  • Printing spot colors digitally
  • Using varnishes
  • Creating a multi-tone image in Photoshop
  • Adding Pantone color swatches to Illustrator
  • Creating spot varnishes in Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign
  • Using preflight profiles in Acrobat
Subjects:
Design Print Production Design Skills
Software:
Acrobat Illustrator InDesign Photoshop
Author:
Claudia McCue

How spot varnishes can enhance a project

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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