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    Graphic Design Instructions for Paper Bags

    Thank you for selecting Package Containers for your custom bag design. Our side-seam bag construction* allows you to design “wrap-around” graphics for dramatic brand impact! We offer up to 4-sided printing and up to 4-color process, depending on bag size**.

    Please consider the following guidelines when creating your custom bag:

    • Art must be submitted on PCI bag templates (provided on request) and returned in either Adobe Illustrator version CS5 or earlier; other acceptable formats are vector art or .EPS files.
    • Avoid screens if possible. If there are screens keep them between 15% and 80%.
    • Line screen is 55 lpi. Don’t worry about dot gain; we will manage that on the presses.
    • No lines should be smaller than 1.5 points. We need 2.5 points for trapping. Trapping allowance is 1/16th minimum.
    • Keep solid printing away from all sides by 3/8 inch. Some line art can wrap around panel #1 thru #3, BUT glue line between panel #4 and #1 will not match as widths may vary! Please contact us for explanation of template panel numbering.
    • Please do not design bag art to cover handle. Our bags are made and printed simultaneously on one press, then handles are secured on the bag as a secondary manufacturing operation. Please note the bag handle also can be imprinted with a repeat or reverse design; please contact us for these dimensions which vary by bag size. If you are considering a reverse or a solid color handle, please contact PCI for specific design instructions. Note: Wine bags do not have handles.
    • Reverse print needs to be 10 points and positive print keep at 8 points or better.
    • We accept 1, 2 or 3 colors (based on bag size) with no third color from screening.
    • Attach all support files and fonts. If larger than 10 Mb let us know and we will direct you to a FTP upload site.

    Thanks for allowing Package Containers to help you with your special packaging needs! Please email art@packagecontainers.com with any additional questions, or call 1-800-266-5806 and ask for Alan Gunderson, Art Director.

    *Mini, Junior and Wine bag sizes have center seam; all other sizes feature size-seam construction.
    **Mini, Junior and Wine bag sizes imprinted in up to 2 colors; Cadet, Prep, Jumbo, King in up to 3 colors; Senior and Retail, up to 4 colors. All bags can be imprinted on up to 4 sides.
    ***Custom Home-Toter® minimum order is 25,000 totes. Please feel free to contact us to discuss your needs.

PCI Bag Chart

#2 Midget*

5 ¾ x 4 x 5
Natural & White
Prints 2c 4s
Printed Handle: Yes

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#3 Junior*

6 ¼ x 4 ¼ x 6 ½
Natural & White
Prints 2c 4s
Printed Handle: Yes

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#5 Cadet

6 x 4 x 8
Natural & White
Prints 3c 4s
Printed Handle: Yes

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#7 Prep

6 ¾ x 4 ¾ x 8 ½
Natural & White
Prints 3c 4s
Printed Handle: Yes

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#10 Jumbo

7 ¾ x 4 ¾ x 10
Natural & White
Prints 3c 4s
Printed Handle: Yes

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#15 King

8 ¾ x 5 ½ x 11 ¼
Natural & White
Prints 4c 4s
Printed Handle: Yes

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#16 Senior

10 ½ x 6 ⅞ x 12
Natural & White
Prints 4c 4s
Printed Handle: Yes

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½ Bushel

12 x 6 ½ x 12
White
Prints 3c 4s
Printed Handle: Yes

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½ Peck

6 ¾ x 4 ½ x 8
White
Prints 3c 4s
Printed Handle: Yes

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1 Peck

8 x 5 ½ x 10 ¼
White
Prints 3c 4s
Printed Handle: Yes

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¼ Peck

6 x 3 ½ x 8
White
Prints 3c 4s
Printed Handle: Yes

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Wine*

4 ½ x 2 ½ x 16
Natural & White
Prints 2c 4s
No Handle

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*Pinch Bottom Style; all other sizes are self-opening style.
All paper bags available in recycled and virgin content.