Artwork for carrier bags is usually most effective if bold and simple, as it is usually viewed from a distance. If you have difficulties supplying finished artwork then our studio can help.

Before any printing takes place an artwork proof will be supplied for your approval.

An origination charge is applied to all first time orders. This is to cover the cost of manufacturing the plates to print your deisgn. Subsequent print runs using the same design will not incur a charge.

Supplying Artwork

Electronic Formats:

Mac/PC based files should be supplied as an .eps file. Artwork should ideally be constructed in Illustrator as a Vector Image with fonts outlined. Pantone references for all ink colours should be noted.

If sending your files via email then please supply a .pdf file for reference. If sending your files on disc then please supply a hard copy print out.

Tradtional Formats:

We can accept Bromides, Films and High Quality Laser Prints. They should be of actual size and colour separated where necessary.

Some Guidelines For Designing Carrier Bag Artwork

(Please note these guidelines apply to artwork for carrier bags printed using Flexographic methods. Bags using Lithographic printing can accomodate more advanced design work.)

Avoid tight register, especially with more than two colours. (A bold key line, of 1 - 2mm, can often help with register.)

Where 2 colours overlap, a third colour will often be visible, unless one is a dark colour.

Keep type styles bold, particularly avoiding fine type with serifs. Minimum point size 10pt.

Avoid heavy solid areas, tints and fine or small print in the same ink colour. (The ink flow required for solids will cause screens and fine print to fill in or thicken.)

Do not split words or worse individual letters into different colours on multicoloured backgrounds. For example a letter "A" printing in red across a background of yellow and green stripes is very difficult to keep in register.

Screens and tints should be very coarse, preferably between 40 and 50 dpi with percentage values between 20% and50%. Avoid graduated screens altogether if possible (It is not possible to graduate a screen to zero and will always create a visible line at the lightest end of the graduation)

If you have any questions regarding artwork please ask - remember we deal with artwork every day.