+$Print finishes like UV coating and spot colours are an excellent way to add dimension to your images. Over the following pages, I’ll show you how to prepare an插图+$to be printed with finishes like these by using spot channels.
+$We’ll focus on UV coating, which is a type of varnish that gives a glossy finish to+$printed+$surfaces, and also on spot colours. We’ll use spot colours from Pantone, but the process can be applied to any print finishing you like, from metallic inks to varnishes.
01+$Start by creating a newPhotoshop中+$document with a black background and design some lettering. I like to mix bold typefaces with light ones and serifs with no serifs. Play with the contrasts of the lettering until you get a good balance. When you’re happy, convert it to a shape by Ctrl/right-clicking on the layer and selecting Convert to Shape.
02+$With the Ellipse tool, draw a circle in the centre of the document, making sure it covers most of the lettering. Drag the layer to the top and change the blending mode to Soft Light. I used #ed3093 for its colour.
03+$Now we can start creating new elements that will make the illustration more interesting. With the Pen tool, I created a smoke shape, coloured it with #e35577 and placed the layer just behind the lettering layers.
04+$Now create more shapes. Here I made two circles, one of them in the top of the lettering. Don’t worry about hiding the lettering with shapes – that’s the objective.
05+$The image is looking nice but everything still appears too flat. Using the Path Selection tool (A), select the black circle and Ctrl/right-click on it. Click on Make Selection and then hit OK. Now select the smoke shape and Ctrl/right-click. Choose Make Selection again, but this time select Subtract.
06+$Create a new layer, select the Gradient tool with #e62c7c as the foreground colour and #000000 as the background colour, and create a gradient inside the selection. Try to make it look like a sphere by clicking in the top-right area and dragging it outside the selection.
07+$Keep adding more shapes and details. I’ve created a white cloud and repeated step 06 with smaller circles so that I have different spheres floating around the illustration.