How to add a spot UV & PEARLESCENT panel?

Your card looks great, but you are thinking you’d like to increase its security or add something more aesthetically pleasing?
IDP’s end users often ask me how I add or apply a “UV or PEARL” panel to their custom-designed cards.

This blog is a quick tutorial to help many IDP users easily create and add spot UV and/or Pearlescent elements to their cards using IDP’s SMART IDesigner software and the YMCFKO or YMCPKO ribbons.
This feature allows you to create highly secure and durable identification cards in one printing cycle without the added cost associated with lamination.

Let’s get started on how simple and easy it is to add this feature with SMART IDesigner!


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- Pearlescent PANEL: view more


Spot UV Panel

Adding a spot UV feature is quite simple.
There are 2 ways that you can add this feature with SMART IDesigner: Image Spot UV panel and
Printer Driver Spot UV panel.

 Image Spot UV panel tutorial:

1.    Open Adobe Photoshop or Paint program and edit the image properties to the following size.

 Adobe Photoshop
Portrait: Width: 54 mm | Height: 86 mm (300dpi)
Landscape: Width: 86 mm | Height: 54 (300dpi)

Portrait: Width: 1016 Pixel | Height: 638 Pixel
Landscape: Width: 638 Pixel | Height: 1016 Pixel

2.    Import your PNG Logo or Image file in Photoshop
The image or text should be monochrome 

3.    Merge the background and the Image layer

4.    Save as BMP File (*BMP pixel should be 24 bit)

5.    Open SMART IDesigner, and check YMCFKO selection in print setup

6.    After clicking the Image icon, retrieve the spot saved BMP file.

7.    Check and adjust the location of UV Spot with the “Set as Fluorescent panel” & “Display as Fluorescent panel” icons

8.    Print

 Printer Driver Spot UV panel tutorial:

1.    Open the Adobe Photoshop or Paint program and edit the image properties to following size:

Adobe Photoshop & Paint
Portrait:636 x 1012 pixel 
Landscape: 1012 x 636 pixel 

  Open the spot UV panel through the printer driver at the security default (1012 X 636 Pixel) otherwise the BMP file cannot import into Smart IDesigner.

2.    Change background color as the color value below:

R: 0 
G: 0 
B: 255

3.    Import your PNG logo or image file or add the text that you want to designate as a pearlescent panel.
       The image or text should be monochrome 

4.    Save as a BMP File (*BMP pixel should be 24 bit)

5.    Open SMART IDesigner, and go through “Print setup – Preference – Printing” and switch Media section from Standard to "User-defined card"

6.    When the User-defined card changes, a pop-up window appears for importing the BMP image and opens the file.
       Please check again the YMCFKO selection in printing setup

7.    Check and adjust the location of UV Spot with the “Display as Fluorescent panel” icon

8.    Print


Spot Pearlescent Panel

Unlike UV panels, pearl ribbon panels shine on the designated image or text after printing.
The way to create this pearlescent feature is the same as the UV panel method, and the tutorial is based on the landscape card template.

 Image Spot Pearlescent panel tutorial:

 Printer Driver Spot Pearlescent panel tutorial:

For a complete and flawless spot/watermark feature, make sure to create an appropriate image size with high resolution and no drop shadows or glow on your UV & Pearlescent spot file.


 Compared to UV Panel & Pearlescent Panel



For more information about UV & Pearlescent panel ribbon, contact your worldwide IDP sales representatives.

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What is Upper Magnetic Stripe card?

Magnetic encoding is the most common way to store cardholder information on a card and is still the least expensive.

If you need to personalize a preprinted membership card with a name or barcode and it has an upper magnetic stripe, you can use a traditional printer, but it will take longer and cost more.
Alternatively, if you used an IDP Printer with an upper magnetic encoder, the card will be fed with the magnetic stripe up, so the printer can encode the card and print it without flipping. This will increase speed and lower your costs.



SMART Ribbon Choosing Guide

This chapter introduces useful information on using SMART ribbons and a printer ribbon selection guide designed to help many IDP users around the world print different types of cards, including membership cards, ID cards, warranty cards and event cards.

You "print smarter, not harder" than anyone else.


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