How to create a file with Special Finish

Please find what you need to know to create a correct file for products with Special Finish.

If you need help to modify your file or add the Finishing to your printed design, you can purchase our Design Service and we'll do it for you!

  • Special Finish must be selective with any shape
  • It's recommended not to cover a big part of design in order to get a perfect result
  • The minimum font size is 10pt
  • The minimum printable line weight and gap between lines is 1pt
  • Leave a distance of 3mm between the finish and the margin cut or folded lines, to avoid varnish breaking

Download instruction and template to create a print-ready file:

  • All the contents should be vectorial
  • Create a separate layer named "Finishing" for all the elements you want with special finish


  • Assign to these contents a spot colour also named "Finishing" with 0% Cyan 50% Magenta 100% Yellow 0% Black (you'll get an orange colour)


  • Select overprint attribute only for these elements


  • The special finish type will be the one selected during the product configuration
  • Insert the other contents on a separate layer named "artwork"
  • If you want 3D Transparent varnish to correspond perfectly to your artwork please make sure the elements, on the two layers, are exactly in the same position
  • If you select gold or silver foil remember to place the element to get finish in the "Finishing" layer only


  1. To create the Finishing artwork you need to use Adobe Illustrator or another vectorial design program
  2. More detailed directions are available in the instruction file you can download from the product page
  3. Template provided already contains "Finishing" spot colour

If you still have any doubts, please contact us. We'll be happy to help !

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