What is Screen Printing?

During our screen print process, high-quality ink is pressed through a fine mesh screen directly onto each bag, reproducing artwork with impressive clarity.

We carry standard inks in-house and can order custom colors, although additional costs and production time will apply. PANTONE (PMS) color match is not available. Our production department’s capacity allows us to process large Screen Print orders in-house.

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Why Choose Our Screen Print Process?

Silk Screen is an ideal imprint process if you need:

  • Fast production times
  • Affordable prices
  • 1- or 2-color designs
  • Non-woven polypropylene or polyester bags

For close registration on multi-color designs, we suggest our COLORVISTA print process for best results. View available colors here.

Screen Print Art Specifications

Available on non-woven polypropylene and polyester bags.

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:
Fonts–16 point. Thin serif font styles are not recommended. Please convert all fonts to outlines/paths/curves.
Lines/Rules–2 point line thickness.

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.

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.

screen print color chart