Buying your printed packaging for the first time can be a pretty daunting experience, here at Elliott packaging we try to make this experience as easy and as pleasurable as possible. We have put together some frequently asked questions which will hopefully explain the basics for you.
What do you need to know from me before quoting for my printed bags?
We need to know the following information to get you your prices:
- Style of the bag
- Size of the bag
- Material and thickness
- Handle choice
- The thickness of the bag
- Number of colours printed on the bag
- Is it being printed one side of both
- How many units are you looking for
Here at Elliott Packaging we will help with any answers you are unsure of such as how thick you will need your bag.
How long does it take for my bags to be printed?
Our lead times do vary depending on how busy we are and what time of year it is but we tend to offer printed packaging in 2-4 weeks.
What are printing plates and why do I need them?
We use printing plates to print on your bags. We outsource our printing plates from trusted printing plate makers. You will need to purchase your printing plates with your first order. If your artwork is the same on future orders, you will not need to purchase these again.
Can I get a printed sample of my bag before I place my order?
Unfortunately, not. The manufacturing process of a printed bag does not allow us to set up the machines to print just one bag. We do have other options though for peace of mind. We can send samples of our recent work. We can offer visual mock ups online. As standard procedure, our plate makers send PDF printing proofs which show, colours sizes and positioning. These proofs need to be signed off before we proceed to make yours bags. We can also offer a ‘cromalin’ a cromalin is a print off of your PDF proof on film which will give you a very good vision of the finished product.
What if I want to change my artwork in a few months?
If you want to change your artwork you will need new printing plates. If it’s a small change to the design such as an address, we may be able to change this using a ‘slug insert’.
What are pantone colours?
Pantone is a standardized colour matching system which uses a numbering system to identify colour shades. When you create your artwork, you will need to choose your pantone colours. Pantone colours can we found on the pantone website. http://www.pantone.com/
What is a process print?
A process print is a print technique which uses 4 standard colours (CMYK) to create a full spectrum of colours. CMYK stands for cyan magenta yellow and black.
What does spot colour mean?
A spot colour is any colour which is generated using one ink with no shades.