Learn how to design for Scodix in a few, very easy steps…
Setting up the artwork for Scodix digital enhancement is straightforward.
We simply need an additional separation to act as a mask for all the areas that you would like to enhance on your artwork. The new layer file will be supplied as a separate PDF file to the Scodix press printing queue.
It is important to make sure that this layer is identical in all respects (size, orientation, crop, position of images and text etc.) to your original CMYK artwork.
Creating Artwork for Scodix
Open your artwork in your preferred design software and create a new layer for the Scodix separation.
Select the elements you wish to enhance and duplicate them to the new Scodix layer.
Create a New Color Swatch and name it “Scodix”, select Color Type “Spot Color”, and convert all Scodix elements to this spot color.
To achieve density effects, you just apply different levels of opacity to the desired elements; to achieve a high gloss effect you apply full density – 100% opacity, for a matte effect, you apply low density – 5% – 30% opacity. If the item to be enhanced is a picture, you will need to create a mask in Photoshop. You will see the different densities on the UV layer.
Then we save the graphic working file and save the two layers – CMYK and UV – in PDF.
- Create a Scodix separation
- Create Scodix Spot Color
- Define density effect
- Save the CMYK/UV files as PDF
To produce the Scodix Metallic effect, Scodix PolySENSE™ is applied, using the same process, on top of a silver lamination to achieve a wide variety of metallic colors.
Scodix recommended media / materials list – Please download it here