Designing Your Artwork

Custom Tote Bag Printing Specs

 

We offer screen printing, direct to garment printing, and heat transfers.

With different options, it can be difficult to produce the best quality artwork for the correct type of printing.


Screen Printing

Screen printing is the most popular option and is great for vector artwork.

Heat Transfers

Heat Transfers are used for images that were created in pixels and can't easily be color separated.

Direct to Garment

A less popular option, this is where the ink prints directly on the canvas using CYMK printers.

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Canvas is a coarse material

To ensure the print quality is as clear as possible, several things must be considered when designing your art.

Line Weight

Must be no less than the 1.5 pt rule. When printing on 15 oz, or reverse print, use a minimum of a 2 pt rule. When reverse print on 15 oz, consider at least 3 pt.

Halftones

Must be at a 40 line screen or less, with percentages no less than 20% or greater than 60%. For the best quality, halftones can be treated as an additional ink.

Typestyles

Should be no smaller than 15 pt on a 10 oz fabric with a minimum of 1.5 pt rule, no smaller than 20 pt on a 15 oz fabric with a minimum of 2 pt rule. DO not use reverse type smaller than 22 pt with a minimum line rule of 3 pt. Avoid serif style fonts! Serif detail tends to get lost in the canvas.

Sizing

Regular screen printing sizes can go up to 15" x 16". or a jumbo print of 16" x 20". A small heat transfer is 5" x 8", a medium is 10.5" x 8", and a large is 10.5" x 16.5".

Color Matching

Screen Print

We use the PMS color system to matching colors when screen printing, either Pantone Coated or Uncoated colors. For best results, choose coated colors. Ask about our special inks and foils!

Heat Transfers
Please send a hardcopy for color matching or we can match to Pantone colors.

File Types Needed

Screen Print Files
Vector artwork, exported as an .ai, .eps, or .pdf. This types of art work is usually created in Adobe Illustrator. All font must be outlined! Occasionally we can accept .bmp, or .tif files for a one color screen print on natural of white fabric. Additionally, color separated-layered photoshop files might be usable as well. Contact us for more details!
Heat Transfers
For heat transfers, or DTG printing, a .jpg or .psd file is recommended. The optimal resolution is at least 300 dpi at print size. Resolutions of 150 dpi at print size may be usable depending on the artwork.

Recommended Imprint Sizes

 


BAG STYLE

 


BAG SIZE

 

IMPRINT
AREA

 

Tiny Tote

 

9"w x 7"h x 3"g

 

7"w x 4"h

 

Mini Tote

 

10"w x 12"h x 3"g

 

6"w x 8"h

 

Mid Tote

 

14"w x 12"h x 3"g

 

10"w x 8"h

 

Lunch Bag

 

10"w x 14.5"h x 3"g

 

6"w x 7"h

 

Flat Tote

 

13"w x 14"h

 

11"w x 10"h

 

Value Tote

 

13"w x 14"h x 3"g

 

10"w x 10"h

 

Shoulder Tote

 

18"w x 14.5"h x 3"g

 

14"w x 11"h

 

Messenger Bag

 

18"w x 12"h x 3"g

 

13"w x 5.5"h

 

Jumbo Tote Bag

 

19"w x 16"h x 4"g

 

15"w x 12"h

 

Large Zipper Pouch

 

9"w x 6"h

 

7"W x 4"h

 

Market Tote

 

18"w x 13"h x 6"g

 

12"w x 10"h

 

Med Grocery Bag

 

18"w x 15"h x 7"g

 

12"w x 11"h

 

Lg Grocery Bag

 

18"w x 17.5"h x 7"g

 

12"w x 12"h

 

Small Drawtop Backpack

 

10"w x 16"h

 

9"w x 8"h

 

Large Drawtop Backpack

 

10"w x 21"h

 

8"w x 12"h

 

Economist Tote

 

13"w x 15"h x 3"g

 

10"w x 10"h

 

Sm Three Panel Bag

 

11"w x 13"h x 4"g

 

8.5"w x 10"h

 

Lg Three Panel Bag

 

14"w x 15"h x 6.5"g

 

10"w x 11"h

 

Mini Mock Boat Bag

 

9"w x 7"h x 3"g

 

">7"w x 4"h

 

Sm Mock Boat Bag

 

15"w x 12"h x 4"g

 

11"w x 6.5"h

 

Med Mock Boat Bag

 

17"w x 14"h x 4"g

 

13"w x 7.5"h

 

Lg Mock Boat Bag

 

20"w x 16"h x 4"g

 

15"w x 9.5"h

 

Mini Boat Bag

 

9"w x 7"h x 3"g

 

3"w x 4"h

 

Sm Boat Bag

 

15"w x 12"h x 4"g

 

5.5"w x 6.5"h

 

        with pocket

 

pocket 9.25"h

 

5.5"w x 5.5"h

 

Med Boat Bag

 

17"w x 14"h x 4"g

 

6"w x 7.5"h

 

        with pocket

 

pocket 9.25"h

 

6"w x 6"h

 

Lrg Boat Bag

 

20"w x 16"h x 4"g

 

7"w x 9.5"h

 

        with pocket

 

pocket 13.25"h

 

7"w x 8"h

 

Six Bottle Wine Bag

 

14.5"w x 10"h x 6"g

 

8"w x 7.5"h

 

Four Bottle Wine Bag

 

11"w x 12"h x 6"g

 

5"w x 8"h

 

Two Bottle Wine Bag

 

9"w x 12"h x 3"g

 

5"w x 8"h

 

Single Bottle Wine Bag

 

5.5"w x 12"h x 3"g

 

2.5"w x 8"h