Artwork Specifications

General Information

We accept a variety of digital art formats for either spot or 4-color process designs. Please see catalog page 102 for a complete list. If you have questions about your art, we’ll be happy to review it for imprinting compatibility on our products. All artwork must be pre-approved for final production. Please include a hard-copy printout, or PDF proof, with colors indicated. Should we be required to adjust your artwork to be compatible with our printing capabilities, art charges may apply. You will be provided a price quote prior to any art services being performed.

Electronic Platform

We are Macintosh OS X based. PC files must have fonts converted to curves, paths, or outlines, and be saved or exported to a Mac-compatible format.

Art Placement and Sizing

Please create your art to the size it will be printed. We can help you get started by providing a product template that will aid you with design and layout. All art is placed and sized proportionately per bag blueprints as specified on the purchase order.

Artwork Submission

E-mail: Send files to (*50 MB limit). Please insert your P.O. number and company name in the subject field. Also include a digital copy (PDF or JPEG) of your design so we can confirm the integrity of your electronic submission. We suggest that you compress (zip) your file or folder for transmission efficiency and protection from corruption.

*If your internet carrier limits the size of email attachments, you can upload your art file to Please name your art file with your P.O. number to avoid any delays in matching your art to your order.

Media: Macintosh-compatible CD, DVD, or Flash Drive, labeled with your P.O. number, company name, and contact information. Please include a printout of your art for proofing purposes along with your disk. On orders with multiple spot-colors, please indicate color breaks on your printout.

Programs and Formats We Accept

Adobe Illustrator—Our Preferred Vector Art Program. Save as native Illustrator .ai file, or Illustrator Default PDF with the “Preserve Illustrator Editing Capabilities” box check-marked. Please convert all fonts to outlines/paths/curves.

Adobe Photoshop—Our Preferred Raster Art Program. PSD, TIFF, EPS, or JPEG formats in CMYK color, high quality, 300 ppi or higher resolution, and at the size to be printed. Any other file formats are not acceptable and may delay production.

Adobe InDesign CS4–CC (Macintosh Version Only)—Please PACKAGE the file and include all fonts and links. Please do not use any third-party plug-ins—if they are used, we will be unable to process your art.

Corel Draw—Export as an Illustrator .ai file choosing the highest Illustrator version available from your menu, as a native Corel (.cdr) file, or as a PDF. Please convert all fonts to outlines/paths/curves.

Unacceptable Programs and Formats

Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, Excel, any Office programs from other vendors, website images, faxes, copies of faxes, photocopies, film negatives or positives, slides, low-resolution (less than 600 ppi) laser printed artwork, letterhead, business cards, napkins, actual imprinted or embroidered products.

Preparing Your Art

For artwork using multiple spot-colors, please allow for approximate press movement between colors as follows: Plastic bags: 0.0625" (1/16 inch) Paper bags: 0.125" (1/8 inch) All art is placed and sized proportionately per bag blueprints and as specified on the purchase order.

Vector Art

Vector images can be resized without any loss of quality. If we need to change the size of your artwork, it will not become blurry or pixelated. Please note that placing or importing photographs, bitmap, or raster images into a drawing program does not convert them into vector artwork. If a placed/imported Photoshop-type image (EPS,TIFF, JPEG, or PSD) is necessary, the original file should be included, 300 ppi minimum, and pre-approved by BAG MAKERS.

High Resolution Is Always Better

We recommend raster images be created at a 300 ppi minimum and to the largest size they will be printed. The resolution at which they are created determines their quality. Photographs, or any artwork created in programs such as Adobe Photoshop or Corel Photo-Paint, are raster (or bitmap) images. Enlarging raster or bitmap images will degrade their print quality to a possibly unacceptable condition.


Minimum Sizes

Positive prints: 10-point fonts and 1-point lines.

Reverse prints: Varies by design and bag material. We need to review fonts and line widths for best results. Plan to use larger point sizes than those used in positive prints. Thin serif font styles are not recommended.

Please convert your fonts to outlines/paths/curves within your program. If we do not have the exact font used, the text in your art will default to a different font, changing the look of your design. Converting your fonts to outlines, paths, or curves eliminates this hazard by changing your fonts into vector shapes. This ensures your artwork will print and look exactly as designed. If you choose not to convert your fonts to outlines, please send us the font you used. Please send only Macintosh compatible or Open-Type fonts.


For best results, artwork containing halftones must be reviewed by us for approval. Halftones are printed with a 45-55 line screen. Color percentages for art containing halftones should not be less than 20% or greater than 60%. Areas less than 20% may not print and areas greater than 60% may fill-in and become a solid color. Designs that contain gradients or blends may need factory pre-press alterations for optimum print quality and will require a final, signed proof approval.

Pantone (PMS) Color Guides

Pantone Plus Formula Guide - Solid Uncoated—For choosing solid spot colors for uncoated paper bags.

Pantone Plus Formula Guide - Solid Coated—For choosing solid spot colors for gloss or matte coated paper bags, plastic, polyester, laminated and non-woven polypropylene bags.

Pantone Plus CMYK or Pantone Plus Color Bridge—Use to choose colors that will be printed with 4-color process. Both of these guides come coated or uncoated.