What is Foil Hot Stamp Imprinting?

Our Hot Stamp imprints are created with an engraved magnesium plate, heat and pressure (or tonnage). This process uses a foil imprint that comes in a metallic or matte finish.

We can hot stamp a variety of surfaces, including gloss, matte, laminated and some plastic bags, as well as ribbons and bows. Hot Stamp imprints provide a high-end look to our products.

foil hot stamp

Why Choose Our Hot Stamp Process?

Hot Stamp may be an ideal imprint process if you need:

  • An upscale retail look for your bag
  • Plastic or paper bags
  • Ribbons or bows

View color samples here.

Foil Hot Stamp Art Specifications

Available on select plastic and paper bags, and ribbon.

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. If a placed/imported Photoshop-type image (PSD, TIFF, JPEG, or EPS) is necessary, the original raster image file should be included and pre-approved by BAG MAKERS.

Programs 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.

Corel Draw—Version X6 and lower Export as an Illustrator .ai file choosing the highest Illustrator version available from your menu, or save as a Corel .cdr file or Adobe 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.

Multi-Color Imprints

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.

Fonts and Line Rules

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

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.


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.

color chart for foil hot stamp imprinting process