i'm currently designing a book cover and try to find a possibility to produce a golden square like in the picture, with text on it. I think in the picture they used a sticker. How can I achieve this Print effect, with a hot foil stamping in gold and the text basic in black without finishing?

I found this picture on the Internet. Not sure how they produced it

  • Hi. Welcome to GDSE. I don't think that's an example of hot foil work, it's also not gold. Possibly spot UV varnish? – Billy Kerr Oct 30 '20 at 10:04
  • @BillyKerr thank you for your answer. I have already looked into UV Varnish. So far I have only found examples in which clear Varnish was used over normal ink. How can I get this shiny look? (It doesn´t matter at this point wether its gold or silver, tough :) – hvid kanin Oct 30 '20 at 10:05
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    UV varnish is transparent. If you do a UV varnish over a gold coloured ink, it will look shiny. It won't look metallic though. Also I don't think overprinting gold foil would work at all. Speak to your printer before you try something experimental. Might not be possible, or end up being too costly. – Billy Kerr Oct 30 '20 at 10:07
  • Although your image might not show an example of hot foil work, I think a nice result could be achieved with golden hot foil. What do you mean by "without finishing"? – Wolff Oct 30 '20 at 15:44

There are printable foils out there, but it requires a special ink usually.

However, if hot foil stamping is an option, you could have the printer foil stamp the gold block, then come back and use a black pigment foil to foil stamp the words. Make sure you check with them that none of the text is too small for a die.


The metallic looking piece and the grey cover texture are printable as CMYK on coated white high quality paper. Of course it would not be like a mirror, it looks the same from all directions - like this:

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