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Artwork Specifications for Custom Printed Tape, Plastic Bags, and More

Please click on the link below to view and print out our proof approval form. There are two pages and both must be signed and faxed back in order to proceed with your order.

Proof Approval Form

Plus Packaging Inc. takes pride in our imprinting quality and ability to vividly produce your design on any of our products, from printed plastic bag, printed tape, mailing bags, and folding boxes, cartons and blister cards. To accomplish this we pay particular attention to the quality of artwork we receive. The following specifications detail our requirements in providing you exceptional imprinting of your logo. Artwork not meeting these standards may incur additional costs and time.

Digital Art:

For best results, we prefer VECTOR ART created in Adobe Illustrator. Vector images are created in a drawing program and consist of shapes based on mathematics. These graphics contain clear, smooth lines that retain their sharpness and proportions when edited. When submitting your vector art, we accept the following:

Important Note: A scanned image (e.g. .jpg, .gif, .bmp, .tiff, .psd, .pdf) or art created in a photo/paint program is not vector art. In addition, placing, linking, embedding, or copying these images into a drawing program does not convert them into vector art and will not meet our art requirements.

Mechanical Art:

Mechanical art is camera-ready and is the size to be printed; is crisp black and white; requires no touch-up.

Art / Printing Plate Charges:

You will be advised before order is placed what the estimated cost will be for printing plates, and artwork charges. The more complete the information is from you, the easier it is to create artwork and plates, and deliver your product quickly. We have complete design services available, and can help you create your custom printed bag, packaging tape, or carton to your complete satisfaction. Artwork charges will apply at a rate of $75.00 per hour if the order is placed and then cancelled. The plate charge will include a digital proof, engravings and plates requested revisions will be charge accordingly after initial proof.

Accepted Programs and Formats:

For best results, please submit VECTOR ART

Preferred Program

Adobe Illustrator - All versions. Convert text to outlines.

Accepted Programs

Corel Draw - 11.0. Export files as .ai Convert text to curves.
Freehand - 10.0. Save as editable .eps Convert text to paths.


We accept Type 1 fonts for Mac. Be sure to send both screen and printer fonts.
PC fonts need to be converted to paths, curves, or outlines. Do not send PC fonts.

Multiple Color Designs:

For best results, artwork must be pre-approved by Plus Packaging Inc. for printability. Digital art must be vector art. Mechanical art must be provided as a black and white composite, with colors indicated.

Halftones (Photos or Photographic Images):

For best results, artwork consisting of halftones must be pre-approved; depending on quantity ordered. An example of printing scales would be: Designs must be printed at 30 lines per inch at a 45 degree angle, with tint percentages not lower than 20% nor greater than 60%.






30LPI | Grayscale

After viewing your artwork we will make recommendations or suggestions, after seeing what equipment we would run your job on. Call us for further information.

Stock Designs:

Stock designs and clip art are available. Call to request a faxed sample sheet

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Ordering Information /Terms

Production Time

Imprinted orders are available in 7 working days, for printed bags 100-4000 pieces. Depending on the custom product orders for 5000 or more bags, tape, folding boxes etc. lead time on production is as little as 2 weeks or up to 14 weeks if the item is produced overseas. A representative will give you an approximate lead time on your order in our confirmation to you. Non printed orders are shipped within 24 hours. Production time begins only after approval of your artwork and credit.

Ordering Information


Please reference your most recent purchase order number and/or Plus Packaging Inc. job number. Your order information is kept on file for 5 years.


Plus Packaging Inc. acknowledges every order in writing, by email or telephone. Please contact us immediately with discrepancies. Any changes made to any order after receipt must be confirmed in writing and may incur additional charges.

Over/Under run:

Small quantities (100 - 4,999 pieces) ship exact. Larger quantity orders are production run items and have +/- 10-25% over/under run depending on product, size, number of colors printing etc. A representative will go over any questions you might have about this.

Imprinting Information


Unless otherwise specified, your imprint will be "centered" within the printable area of the bag / carton etc. which, due to product construction, may not be the exact center of the bag.

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Industry Terms / Glossary

Basis Weight

The weight in pounds of a ream (500 sheets) of paper to a given standard size for that grade; e.g., 500 sheets, 25" x 30", of 70 pound white kraft shopping bag paper would weigh 70 pounds.

Bridge Handle Bag

A bag with brief case style handles that snaps closed. Made from hard rigid plastic, it is heat sealed to top of bag and can be described as "Snap Loop" or "Carrier Style".

Carrier Handle Bag

A bag with a hard plastic handle offered in different sizes and shapes, as well as in white and black..also known as Bridge Handle Bag.

Clay Coat

Bleach kraft paper that is coated with a liquid application of clay in the manufacturing process to provide a gloss finish. Clay coated papers are used when high quality color and print detail are specified. Trade names are known as "Crystalcote", "Higlo", and "Radiant Coat".


The process in which plain or pre-printed paper or poly film is mechanically- machined or hand made into a fully finished or partially finished bag.

Coupon Bag

A Fold Over Die Cut style with a 3" perforated coupon at the bag bottom.

Double Wall Bag

A bag that is made out of two layers of poly film. The outer layer is usually clear.

Draw Closure Bag

Closure for this bag is made from either a choice of poly tape or cotton string. These materials are inserted through a heat sealed fold-over hem at the top of the bag.

Emulsion Side

The side of the photographic film that is coated with a silver halide emulsion.


The main panel(s) of the bag. Front is considered where the primary design or message appears. Back is utilized for the same imprint or for a secondary imprint. Front and back are differentiated when there are side and bottom gussets. The back is identified where the fold of the bottom gusset occurs.

Flat Bag

Poly bag that has no side or bottom gussets. Can be made with or without a die cut handle.

Fold Over Die Cut Handle Bag

Poly bag in which the material at the top of the bag is folded over to the inside and heat sealed. Fold over reinforcement provides double reinforcement around entire top. Handle is an oval cut out within the fold over area.


The thickness of poly material. Can be measured in mils (English) or microns (metric).


The side and/or bottom measurements of a paper or poly bag.

High Density Plastic

A type of plastic typically having a stiffer feel or mil thickness.


A paper containing unbleached wood pulp, brown in color, made by the sulfite process. Also referred to as "Natural Kraft".


Brown kraft paper that is put through a bleaching process.


A plastic film bonded by heat and pressure to a printed sheet for protection or appearance. Can be supplied as gloss or matte finish.

Litter Bags

A poly bag style usually seen with a round cut hole at the top for hanging in automobiles. Also offers the convenience of a side opening. Typical size is 9" x 12", however other sizes of choice can be made. Also available with a perforated coupon at the bottom.

Low Density Plastic

A type of poly film typically feeling softer and having more gloss and elasticity to it.
Most popular as base material for fold over die cuts, soft loop handles, draw closures and litter bags.


Abbreviation for a quantity of 1000 units.

Matte Finish

Flat paper finish with out gloss or luster.


A highly sensitive measuring device used to provide the mil thickness of poly bags.


The metric measurement used to describe the thickness of poly. One micron is one one-thousandth of a mil.


The English measurement used to describe the thickness of poly. One mil is one one-thousandth of an inch.


The property of paper or poly film that minimizes the show-through of printing from the back side of the printed area.

Patch Handle Bag

A straight cut top plastic bag with a heat sealed reinforcing patch attached to the inside of the bag around the area designated for the die cut. An oval shaped handle is cut through both the bag and patch for carrying.

Post Printed Bags

Any bag that is printed or hot stamped after the bag has be manufactured. Allows for small quantities to be printed with faster lead times.


A measure of 500 sheets of paper.

Serrated Automatic Handle Bag

A bag that is machine converted with four sides (front, back, and side gussets) and bottom. Top edge is with "saw tooth" edge designed specifically to prevent paper cuts.

Single Wall Bags

Poly bags manufactured from a single layer of plastic. Single wall bag varieties are the most typical of all poly bag choices.

Soft Loop Handle Bag

A handled bag made with soft poly loops heat sealed to a folded top. One of the most comfortable versions of poly bags.


Self Opening Style. Four bag sides and bottom, with no handle, and serrated-top edge. Generally known for use as lunch bags and grocery style in a variety of sizes.


A pre-drawn detailed mechanical layout of a particular bag. Considered a great aid for artists and designers to insure proper art position.

T-Shirt Style

A side gusseted poly bag with side strap handles. Best identified as the poly bag of choice by national supermarket chains.

Turntop (Folded Top)

A style of bag construction where the top of the bag is folded to the inside yielding a more
finished look than the "saw toothed" serrated style

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