Paper bag printing can be a fantastic promotional tool for any business. Your business logo or promotional message can be printed directly onto the bag, but if you’ve never ordered one before, you may not know what you can print on them. There are many types of printing methods, each with their own specifications and capabilities. Doug Frye has been in the bag manufacturing industry for nearly 30 years. To help you determine which method is right for your business, we’ve included a guide to screen printing.
First, you need to choose the type of material for printing. A light-colored canvas bag can be printed by hand or using an aerosol sprayer. A pretreat machine is also available for light-colored canvas bags. Applying a light coating of DTG Pretreat will produce a CMYK print that is more vibrant than a traditional one. Once the ink is on the bag, you must use a heat press set to 356 degrees Fahrenheit and press down the fibers for 35 seconds.
When printing with a heat press, be sure to choose the right machine. Heat presses use high temperatures and pressure to produce crisp, vivid prints. However, you should make sure you use the right kind of plastic bag for this process. Don’t use polythene bags for this project because they’ll melt instantly. Instead, use a nylon or PVC bag. If you’re not sure what kind of plastic bag to use, visit a bag printing shop that specializes in these types of products.
Aside from cotton, jute and canvas are also common materials for printing on bags. Although the material is similar, some fabrics work better with block colors. For example, a jute tote is more flexible than a cotton tote, so the intricacies of the design will be lost in the process. To avoid crinkling along the folding lines, you should carefully fold your tote so that it doesn’t crease on the design area.
While hot stamped tote bags are a slightly more expensive option, they are an exceptional packaging option. While hot stamped bags are a bit more expensive than ink-printed ones, hot-stamped bags are a unique way to add a personalized touch to a product. A professional printing company will walk you through the process and ensure your bags are high quality. A printing template is also available for you to use.
Alternatively, screen-printed bags can be produced in-house with minimal equipment. The advantages of screen-printed bags are low minimum orders (MOQs) and flexibility of design. Besides being economical, screen-printed plastic bags are also ideal for smaller runs. These can be printed by anyone with access to a printing press. This method is also ideal for DIY businesses, as it requires minimal equipment and can be completed in the privacy of your own home.