CMYK stands for Cyan, magenta yellow and key black. The four colours are mixed to create a vast range of secondary colours Values are written in percentages, for example, C:60, M:40, Y:10, K:5 denotes a high percentage of Cyan and Magenta ink and low Blacks, so this a light purple. CMYK printing is cost effective for designs with 5 or more colours, as only 4 plates will be needed.
Pantone, or Pantone Matching System, is a colour matching system that is consistent throughout the world. Using Pantones allows for full colour accuracy due to premixed inks and ink formulas.
Yes, additional spot colours can be added to a CMYK print.
No, Pantone inks are pre-mixed by printing specialists to ensure consistency across the world.
Coated and Uncoated Pantones are exactly the same ink, but the materials they are printed on are different. Coated paper is smooth and less absorbent, allowing the ink to print well. Uncoated paper, however, is very absorbent without any extra layers and can result in some colour variation such as loss of vibrancy, or slight change in tones In order to get full colour accuracy it is recommended that you use a pantone book.
RGB stand for Red, Green and Blue and is how monitors display colour using pixels. RGB can be represented by decimal numbers from 0 to 255 or alternatively by Hex Code starting from 00 to FF. For example Black is 000000 and white is FFFFFF. RGB is suitable for web and screen based designs, it cannot be used for printing
Yes, percentages of inks are printed are used to create the illusion of a gradient.
In CMYK, K stands for Black, however C:0, M:0, Y:0, K: 100% will result in a dark grey, due to natural ink absorption of materials. With CMYK, you need to use a “Rich” Black, which is typically C:60% M:40%, Y:60% and K:100%.
100% ink coverage refers to the amount of your bag, box, or packaging product is printed onto. For example, if you bag is printed completely Blue with an orange logo, it’s 100% coverage, however, to just have the orange logo it would be ~30% coverage. Reducing your Ink Coverage is a great way of easily reducing your unit price.
LDPE refers to Low density polyethylene, this is soft, flexible plastic. Products such as mailbags, patch handles and clip handle bags are made from LDPE. HDPE refers to High-density polyethylene; this is much harder and durable than LDPE. Products such as T-Shirt bags and flexi loop handles are made from HDPE.
PEVA is plastic that is tough wearing and weather-proof material, whist non- woven is softer and breathable.
Jute is a naturally occurring plant fibre. It’s a very popular environmentally friendly material, its thickness and durability makes it perfect for products such as Bags for Life.
Weaving long fibres of polypropylene together makes woven materials, which creates a criss-cross appearance and gives the material great strength. Non- Woven polypropylene bags are made by processing fibres polypropylene simultaneously, giving a cotton-like appearance.
Yes, as standard we will provide the artwork for your bag if you don’t already have it. If you provide us with a Vector logo or design we will send you a full bag design based on your specifications. We also offer extra packages for if you don’t quite know what you want yet. Talk to a Customer Account Manager about design options, or take a look at our Design Consultations.
Yes, however we will charge a conversion fee depending on the complexity of your design. Get in touch for more details.
Lead-time is the process between the placing of an order and how long it actually takes to receiving the goods ordered.
Yes, you can send in a sample request via the website, and then give us a call or send us an email for more specific requests.