Fundamental to improving the effectiveness of a print works, and maintaining the integrity of banknote security features, is the ability to develop and refine raw material specifications. To this end, the efforts of this work focused on developing a specification for substrate UV dullness, and former layer opacity. Traditionally, more nuanced elements of specification development, such as those investigated in this research, have been subjective in nature. However, digitisation enables quantification of characteristics, and in the process, allows for consensus among key stakeholders. This research utilised digitisation in the development of nuanced substrate specifications.