Special finishes

Make your next job stand out with a special finish

Spot varnish

At Impact Digital we can print using a five-colour configuration that enables in-line coating, glossing or a fifth colour to expand the printing gamut and reproduce spot colours. This addition allows you to add amazing finishes to your project, including matt varnish, spot matt varnish (water mark) or a spot colour.

How to set up your spot varnish:
Create a new spot colour swatch within your document labeled as ‘NexPress DryInk clear’ using any colour value. Use this swatch wherever you require a varnish.

Please note: If items are being varnished with DryInk clear or raised, they must be set to “Multiply” in the effects and NOT “Overprint” if these items are to appear on top of other printed objects.

How to set up your spot colour:
Create a new spot colour swatch within your document using the pantone colour table built within your desktop publishing application, leaving it checked as a spot colour.

How to set up PDF for artwork that contains a spot varnish:
When creating PDF artwork with a spot varnish, the PDF compatibility needs to be set to Acrobat 7 (PDF 1.6) or higher and the transfer functions option must be on. See below.

Adobe PDF settings for a spot varnish

Adobe PDF settings for a spot varnish

Die cut or forme cutting

This is a handy method of cutting irregular shapes in paper or paperboard using a die. A knife or creasing rule is bent to the desired shape and mounted in timber to make a cutting forme. This is then pressed into the stock to cut it to the shape or to form crease lines.


Ask us about giving your next print job an extra lift with foiling. This is a process that applies foil to printed artwork for a superior embellishment.

Embossing and debossing

This method of punching out shapes or text on your artwork gives the appearance of raised print. An embossing block is made to your required shape and then pressed onto the printed article to create the effect.


Impact Digital can tab out your dividers to a standard 13mm punch. They can be set up as a running or island set of tabs. To set up your artwork, work out how many tabs you require, then divide this by the height of your tab to get even dividers all the way down. For example, 7 Tabs at A4 size = 297mm / 7 = 42mm length tabs.


Need a tear-off section of a printed document? With perforation, a hole or series of holes are punched through paper or paperboard on a press or a binder machine.


We can fuse layers of a clear plastic film to a printed sheet to enhance the print, protect the end product or enhance visual quality. High gloss films give a shiny glossy appearance, while matt films give a silky smooth finish.