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Custom Packing Tape Artwork Guidelines

CUSTOM PACKING TAPE ARTWORK GUIDELINES

Design custom packing tape with ease. Start here with our guidelines which serve as an overview of our post-production printing parameters. We have a real, live human proof your artwork prior to production to ensure your vision is captured into a beautifully finished product.


Templates

Use our downloadable template to place and size your artwork to your specifications. Use your original artwork or your designed template as your art file when placing your order.

Standard Repeating Designs

Supplied artwork should be set up in a 12" repeating pattern. A minimum of 1/16" space must be present between all design components. The design must also include a 1/8" gap on the left and right side of the design, and a 1/16" gap on the top and bottom of the design.

Our standard procedure is to make minor adjustments during proofing to achieve an existing cylinder repeat. The adjustments may include minor changes to logo size, spacing and design rotation.

Plate Cost: $200 per color | Order Online

Continuous Designs

To print without the edge gaps required for standard repeating design, a cylindrical plate is required. A minimum of 1/16" space must still be present between all design components.

Our standard procedure is to make minor adjustments during proofing to achieve an existing cylinder repeat. The adjustments may include minor changes to logo size, spacing and design rotation.

Plate Cost: $1,250 per color | Contact Us To Place Your Order


Ink & Color

We use flexographic printing with water-based inks. Choose from 15 stock ink colors, including black Algae Ink™ for water-activated tape. Custom PMS colors are available for $130/color and is purchased for each order. Our standard is 1 or 2-color prints.

If interested in any of the below, please contact us.

  • 3+ colors on any tape
  • Continuous designs
  • Floodcoating on water-activated tape

Color Matching

It is critical to note that colors may render differently on a digital screen and that colors in your digital proof are only used as reference.

You may request a complimentary physical sample of any stock ink color or a swatch of your custom color on our tape material. This will provide you with the most accurate representation of the color. Contact us to request your ink sample.

Stock Ink Colors

Water-Activated Tape

Kraft Flatback & Cello Tape

IMPORTANT NOTE

Our standard is a 50% print coverage maximum per 12" of tape design. This means your design may not cover more than 50% of the printing plate - no flood coating, heavy ink coverage, or full bleeds.

Floodcoating is available on water-activated tape only, for an additional $17 per case. We recommend using white water-activated tape to achieve the most vibrant flood coat, and do not advise printing a light color over a dark floodcoat.

Contact us to order custom water-activated tape with a floodcoat.


Art Requirements

  • File Format: Vector format required, PDF preferred
  • Outline all fonts and embed all supporting files
  • Minimum Font Size (Standard): 9 pt Helvetica
  • Minimum Font Size (Reverse-Out): 16 pt Helvetica
  • Minimum Stroke Size (Standard): 1 pt
  • Minimum Stroke Size (Reverse-Out): 2 pt
  • Minimum Size of Spaces to Avoid Fill-in: 0.0625"
  • Vertical Movement Tolerance: 1/8"
  • Horizontal Movement Tolerance: 1/16"
vector versus raster artwork

We require vector format artwork so we can scale designs without losing any detail. Raster images are typically pixelated and these pixels can be visible in the final print. Learn More: Vector vs. Raster


Questions?

New to packign tape printing or have more questions? We are happy to review your design and share our experience and thoughts on how to bring your vision to life. We work closely with you during the entire process - from art proof to delivery to your door.