Can you explain what you mean about spot colour and process colours?
For an in-depth explanation see here: Spot & Process Colours Explained
Will the colour(s) I see on a PDF proof print exactly as I see them onscreen?
Generally, no! Some colours are fairly representative whereas others are a long way off. The monitor you view your proof on is a device that mixes colours using red, green and blue (RGB). Without getting too technical, if your monitor has not been calibrated to display a Pantone® colour, then it’s unlikely you will see an accurate representation.
If choosing one or more specific spot colours (for branding purposes etc.) then it’s essential the colours are chosen from a printed Pantone® swatch, unless you know your screen is accurately calibrated.
An example – if you were to select Pantone® Violet in your graphics program, it’s very likely that this will show as a ‘blue’ onscreen. If you were then to look at Pantone® Violet in a Pantone® swatch you’ll see that the true colour is actually a rich purple. It follows that if you’d selected this colour for your design from what you see onscreen (blue), then it’s very likely that you won’t be happy with the final printed results (purple).
I’d like the option of spot UV on my cards, how do I supply the artwork?
We’ve produced an informative article on just that subject here – Supplying artwork for spot UV
I’ve done my own design. Can I send it to you in Microsoft Word?
Yes, but we would probably have to re-set it using our own professional layout program with the relevant crop/trim marks. Please note: if you do decide to send a Word file, you will need to save separately any graphics/logos used. Microsoft Word embeds images as low-res (72dpi) so it is important to give us the original separately. If sending any colour pics, these need to be converted from RGB to CMYK. We can do this for you at no cost.