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Our lead-time for new bags is 10-12 weeks from paper proof approval. The etching of cylinders and tear sample color approval process is included within our lead-time. It takes about 2-2.5 weeks to receive a tear sample after proof approval. Air shipping typically cuts about 3 weeks off the 10-12 week lead-time.
Typically 8 colors is the standard for most custom art projects. 7 colors is the maximum for printing on kraft paper, rice paper, and tins. This includes spot and process colors.
It is always better to use Pantone colors if possible. Pantone colors provide a specific color match, and are more consistent from run to run. Process colors should only be used when there aren’t enough cylinders available for the number of colors used in the artwork, such as photo images. We will consolidate and/or add colors as needed to make the best use of the art and keep the colors to the least possible number of required cylinders.
This proof is created through special “rip” software, and can be obtained through most print shops or service bureaus. Our plant typically uses these types of proofs as color matches for process areas. This type of proof will give our plant an excellent target, and can be used in conjunction with Pantone Chips.
A digital proof is sent in PDF form through our online proofing system. The paper proof is full scale copy of the artwork printed on professional proofing paper or film, which may or may not be color accurate. It is used primarily for copy and placement approval. Drawdowns are color samples of spot (pantone) colors used to demonstrate how colors will appear on different substrates. Tear samples are color accurate samples of the artwork printed on the substrate (material) that the final product will be printed on. PBI can provide tear samples with matte, glossy, metallic, and registered finishes.
The word “registered” is a printing term which refers to the alignment of the cylinders. For example, when referring to “registered matte” or “registered white”, we are saying that the matte or white is partially printed on the bag as opposed to a flood (100%) application of matte or white print.
The colors will become denser or less bright when adding matte lacquer. The effect of the matte can vary drastically depending on the color used. For example, if matte is added to black, the color will appear more of a dark gray than a true black.
A registered white layer can be used to create a metallic look as any areas not backed in white will allow the metalized structure to show through. Metallic inks are used on non-metallic bags.