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Artwork Services For Your Custom Packaging

I have artwork for my packaging that I need to submit.

Below are the file types that we accept.


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 the 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 exported as an EPS or AI file.


Unacceptable Art File Formats:

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. There will be an art charge to recreate the art in a suitable vector or high-resolution format (Art charges will apply for recreating your image into Adobe Illustrator.)


I don't have artwork and need a graphic designer to help me.

We offer up to 2 hours of free artwork/prepress time on your custom packaging order! ($150 Value!)
Contact us today and let our highly talented graphics department help bring your packaging vision to life.

Other Areas of Interest:

Extreme care and effort are given to achieve the results you are looking for. However, design adjustments are often necessary to accommodate the limitations of Flexographic plates and presses. Common areas of concern are trapping, halftone screens, small or reversed type, UPC bar codes, and bleeds. Process Printing can be achieved but is very involved and very costly. We strongly suggest spot colors and simple line art if your budget is limited.


UPCs (Universal Price Codes Bar Codes)

UPCs or Bar codes can be a tricky prospect. There are hundreds of barcode types that can be chosen. Those codes can run the gambit of the number of digits needed, types of characters allowed, and so on.


UPC Bar Code Information (PDF)


Custom Art (Flexography) Limitations

Custom Printed bags and film are printed through a process called flexography. There are several limitations to "flexo" printing compared to offset printing, 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.  Flexo printing also does not hold registration nearly as tight as offset printing. This is due to printing on poly, stretching, and tension.


Film Colors

We have many different available film colors. Here are a few standard stock film colors that we offer. Depending on the bag's dimensions, quantity, and thickness, a 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 a trap at 1/16” or with a 3 to 4 pt. stroke rule. When trapping certain ink colors, caution should be taken, which may create another undesired color when printed.


Eye Spots

Some bags will be printed with a small, solid, rectangular box in the lower corner of both sides of the bag. This box, or eye-spot, helps assure the accuracy of the bag size during manufacturing.


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