Whether you have your own design team to create your artwork, or need a turnkey solution from idea to finished product, International Plastics is ready to work with you!
We boast a highly talented graphics department that can help achieve the look you need to insure an exceptional product. We also offer up to 2 hours of free artwork/prepress time on your order! A $150 Value!
Acceptable Art File Formats
Adobe Illustrator CC (preferred). All text must be converted to outlines.
Adobe Acrobat PDF Send your vector art saved as a PDF with full Illustrator editing capabilities. All text must be converted to outlines.
Adobe Photoshop CS6 (PSD or Tiff). Only for 4-color process (CMYK) or Grayscale (black & white) images. All 4-color process (CMYK) Photoshop files must be 100% of imprint size and 300 dpi minimum. All Photoshop Grayscale images must be sent at 100% of imprint size and at least 600 dpi.
Corel Draw All text must be converted to outlines and document exported as an EPS or AI file.
Unacceptable Art File Formats
The following; Adobe InDesign • Microsoft Word • Excel • PowerPoint • Publisher • WordPerfect • Adobe Freehand or any other documents or formats not listed under "Acceptable Art File Formats" cannot be accepted as art and will most likely incur our hourly rate (Art charges will apply for recreating your image into Adobe Illustrator.).
JPEG, GIF, BMP, PCX, PNG or other low-resolution raster images are not acceptable art for all imprints. If your only art is in one of these formats, there will be an art charge to recreate the art in an acceptable vector or high resolution format (Art charges will apply for recreating your image into Adobe Illustrator.).
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Extreme care and effort is given to achieve the results you are looking for. However, most times design adjustments are necessary to accommodate the limitations of Flexographic plates and presses. Common areas of concern are trapping, halftone screens,small type or reversed type, UPC bar codes, and bleeds. Process Printing can be achieved but is very involved and very costly. If your budget is limited we strongly suggest spot colors and simple line art.
UPCs (Universal Price Codes Bar Codes)
UPCs or Bar codes can be a tricky prospect. There are literally hundreds of bar code types that can be chosen. Those codes can run the gambit of number of digits needed, types of characters allowed, and so on. This pdf document, that can be downloaded here, shows all the different types of bar codes that we have at our disposal to be created.
Custom Art (Flexography) Limitations
Custom Printed bags and film are printed through a process called flexography. There are several limitations to "flexo" printing in comparison to offset printing, which is seen in magazines, catalogs, and basically anywhere full-color pictures are printed on a flat "paper" surface. The quality of flexo printing, while good, is not going to match the standard of what is seen in offset printing.
Flexo printing uses a smaller line screen, which means color gradations can appear choppy. As well, flexo printing does not hold registration nearly as tight as offset printing, this is due to the nature of printing on poly, stretching and tension.
We have many different film colors that are available. Here are a few standard stock film colors that we offer. Depending on dimensions, quantity, and thickness of bag or film, custom film can be made / extruded to a customer's need.
When preparing artwork for trapping of colors (overlap colors require registration), there must be no less than a 1/16” trap. Create trap at 1/16” or with a 3 to 4 pt. stroke rule. Caution should be taken when trapping certain ink colors which may create another undesired color when printed.
Some bags will be printed with a small,solid,rectangular box inthe lower corner of both sides of the bag. This box, or eye-spot, helps assure the accuracy of the bag size during manufacturing.
Submit Your Artwork:
The International Plastics Art Department uses the latest Adobe professional software. We can accept both PC and Mac files, although we work on a Mac OS X platform.
We prefer that original files be sent in Illustrator format so we can manipulate the artwork and make spot color ready.