INK PRINT

Our Flexo Ink imprint process uses a “flexible” photopolymer plate placed on a rotating drum to make imprints on the bags. We use a solvent-based ink for printing and can mix inks to match other colors you may need. We also now offer a variety of metallic inks.

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Did You Know?

Flexographic Ink imprinting is where it all began at BAG MAKERS. We bought our first flexographic printing press in 1980, and that historic press still runs in our Flexo production department today!

Why Choose Our Flexo Ink Process?
  • Fast production times
  • Affordable prices
  • Plastic or paper bags
  • Small or large quantities

If you are interested in intricate multi-color and 4-color Flexo Ink imprints, we suggest contacting our Design Centre custom team for more information. View color choices here.

Ordering

We sell our products through a national network of promotional marketing distributorships that specialize in creative marketing and custom-imprinted merchandise. Please consult the internet or phone directory for a promotional products consultant near you. Please refer to the order information page for more details.

Charges

Plate charges apply to all new orders and re-orders with changes. A plate is required for each color and each unique design. Refer to the individual product page for the applicable plate charge.

Flexo Ink Plate: $60.00 (G) per color, per design.

Art Edits: After approval for production, a plate charge per color, per design, will be incurred to remake the plate(s).

Re-orders: There is no plate charge for exact reorders if the order was printed within the past 36 months. Reorders with changes to the art, type changes/additions/removal, or additional imprint locations, will be treated as a new order and will incur plate charges.

Production

Production time begins after approval of your artwork and credit. Orders that request larger-than-catalog quantities or multiple print locations/colors will require extra production time. Please call for additional production times. During peak production periods, BAG MAKERS may require extended production times due to production capacity. BAG MAKERS will notify customers if submitted orders require additional production times.

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New Orders: 4 working days after proof and credit approval.

Re-orders: 3 working days. Orders requiring proofs or prepayment require 1 extra working day.

Art Specifications

We will need to pre-approve your artwork as color registration requirements exist and vary per bag style. Some movement between colors will occur due to the printing method required for post-converted bags. Colors must be separated by at least 1/4” of surrounding clear space to allow for color movement. Please note that some color movement will still occur. Two-color imprinting is not available on some bags. Download art specifications for reference.

Programs and Formats

Vector art is preferred. Vector images can be resized without any loss of quality. Please note that placing or importing photographs, bitmap, or raster images into a drawing program does not convert them into vector artwork. We accept the following programs and formats:

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ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR—Preferred Vector Art Program

Save as native Illustrator .ai file, Illustrator Default PDF with the "Preserve Illustrator Editing Capabilities" box check-marked, or Windows metafile exported as .wmf.

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COREL DRAW—Version X7 and lower

Save as native Corel .cdr file, Adobe PDF, or export as an Illustrator .ai file choosing the highest Illustrator version available from your menu.

Unfortunately, we cannot accept the following programs and formats:

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

Fonts and Line Rules

If we do not have the exact font you used, the text in your art will default to a less attractive 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 that your artwork will print exactly how you expect it to look.

Minimum Sizes

10 point fonts. Thin serif font styles are not recommended. Please convert all fonts to outlines/paths/curves.

1 point lines

Halftones

For best results, artwork containing halftones must be pre-approved and is available on select bag styles. Halftones are printed with a 30-line screen. Color percentages for art containing halftones should range from 20% to 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 alterations for optimum print quality and will require a final, signed proof approval.

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